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Some in Quebec will vote for the least worst choice on Monday

Due to being in Guelph and meeting some folks as previously discussed, I missed this post by JJ yesterday morning in which she details her dilemma as to how to vote in Quebec’s provincial election on Monday and I highlight it today to show you some of the difficulties some will have in how to vote on Monday:

No matter how I vote, I lose. I’m a federal Liberal, anti separatist, socially progressive, anglo. What do to? I’m sorry, but Jean (or John) Charest is a Tory. He was the leader of the Tories federally for god sakes. He’s a political opportunist…I obviously can’t vote Parti Quebecois. I’m an anglo. 4th generation. I was blamed for losing the last referendum. I was told by the Conservative Fed govt that I am not part of the Quebecois nation. I don’t want Quebec to separate. So no matter what other policies the Parti puts forward, the separation thing undercuts them all. As for the ADQ, well, they are socially conservative.. To sum up: they’re weird. Punto.

She has a double dilemma: the implications federally:

If Charest wins – it’s a victory for Harper’s Conservatives. If Charest wins a minority with the ADQ propping it up – it’s a double win for Harper. If the Parti Quebecois wins – it’s potentially a victory for Dion and the federal Liberals- because he gets to show off his fighting the separatists forte – and remind the country of his unifying the country… But a Parti Quebecois victory would mean plunging us all into another referendum on separation… and honestly, I haven’t gotten over the trauma and exhaustion of the last one…

She calls the entire situation “lose-lose” for voters like her. I bring that up because when I was in Guelph yesterday, David Graham of The World According to cdlu was coincidentally making the exact same point yesterday. He’s formerly from Montreal, and for him and who he’ll be voting for, its the “lesser of the 3 evils”, while at the same time trying to decide whether his option/choice would help Harper or not. I think he was almost openly musing about casting his lot with the Green Party, and he wondered how many in the Anglo community in Montreal would do the same thing as a protest vote. He speculated 20%, which seems unreasonably high… but I guess we’ll see.

I’m beginning to think that despite his open support for the PLQ, Antonio of Fuddle Duddle might also be starting to have the same feelings, at least for the federal implications. (That’s just a perception I have in talking with him of late when we discuss the Quebec election).

So, for some voters on Monday in Quebec, they’re going to have to hold their noses while voting.


5 comments to Some in Quebec will vote for the least worst choice on Monday

  • JJ

    Thanks for the h/t Scott… Hope things went well in Guelph.

  • I think voting for the PVQ (Quebec Greens) would be a good choice for disgruntled anglo-quebecers. If you’re concerned with your provincial vote for the PLQ or ADQ going to help out Harper in Ottawa, then the only other choice is the PVQ.

    As a sidenote, I find it funny how Quebeckers call Dumont a “social conservative” when really the ADQ’s policies are fiscally conservative and hardly campaign on hard-right issues. It is true that the federal ridings where the CPC does the best are ADQ provincial ridings. However, even federal hard-right crazies would struggle to win seats in provincial ADQ held ridings.

    Anglo-Quebeckers should vote Green and make a statement to all three “main” provincial parties in Quebec. I think the best turn out for federal progressives would be a minority Parti Quebecois propped up by the PLQ.

    Charest would step down as leader and someone less ‘tory-ish’ could step forward to scoop up those lost Anglo PLQ votes. (On that note, I don’t mind Charest. He and the PLQ parallel the BC Liberals quite nicely.)

  • ALW

    I don’t see what the fuss is. Who cares what the ancillary federal effect is? Is anyone going to seriously claim that Jean Charest is some closet hardcore conservative? The reason he left the federal PCs to join the provincial Liberals is because there’s no provincial PC party in Quebec. It’s not rocket science – would anyone deny that the BC Liberals, for example, are not simply a coalition of federal Liberals and Tories?

    I’m no fan of Jean Charest – probably for different reasons – but I would hardly call him an opportunist. He was pushed to Quebec politics, he didn’t jump.

  • I don’t like Charest. I never have.

    I am not entirely sure why.

    It surprised me that in the early part of the campaign Charest emphasized the threat of a referendum if the PQ were elected. That’s such an old argument and, although it does not lack force with many including myself, I don’t think people want to hear it out loud. I believe there are subtler more effective ways of making the same point. Consequently, I find Dumont’s talk about autonomy really appealing. This surprising me also. And, although I think (?) I am a progressive, the province would really benefit from a healthy dose of fiscal conservatism right now. Unfortunately, Dumont’s program is nonsensical and there are too many bigots in his party.

    I don’t want to vote on Monday –but I will.

    So I think there is alot of us who would agree with the title of your post.

  • It’s the same for me. I moved to Quebec from Ontario 15 years ago – i’m part anglo-Quebecer and Ontario francophone, but first and foremost a federalist. Before moving to QC, i used to vote for the best candidate regardless of what party they belonged to – i simply wanted the best person to win, not a party. Moving to Quebec changes that – at least if you’re a federalist. Doesn’t help that my riding is owned by the PQ – so i know who’s going to win – what’s the point in voting? Ditto federally – it’s Duceppe’s riding. To quote Simon and Garfunkle:

    Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon.
    Going to the candidate’s debate.
    Laugh about it, shout about it
    When you’ve got to choose
    Every way you look at it you lose.

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