The upcoming April 7th election in Quebec now looms large, with the PQ poised to potentially capture a majority government. These polls come despite dismal employment numbers, a highly divisive Quebec charter of secular values, and a seeming lack of concern for the Quebec economy compared to minute issues of identity politics. A government so blindly ideological, deliberately divisive, and sometimes even outright discriminatory must not be given a majority mandate- especially when they have done so little to deserve it.
Anyone who has read my previous articles can likely deduce that I’m no fan of Stephen Harper. However, to his credit it is reported that he has communicated with Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau and the Premiers about showing a united front against the potential threat of separatism. While Pauline Marois and her government should not be re-elected due to a myriad of issues; namely dismal economic numbers, causing brain drain and immigration disincentives, and religious discrimination, I firmly believe that Quebec separation is no longer on the table. Separatism is an ideology that is championed largely by increasingly aging “old stock” Quebecers, and its approval numbers have not even come close to 50% mark in 12 years. Instead, Marois is continuing playing divisive identity politics through a combination of both her “language police” and the proposed charter of secular values.
I warned in September of the divisive effect that this legislation would have if Quebecers did not react correctly to these desperate tactics, and sadly this corrosive, deliberately controversial bill has pitted Quebecers against one another, just as Marois intended. Here’s hoping that Philippe Couillard’s Liberal Party can catch up in the polls, and finally put an end to the political career of Pauline Marois. If the PQ does indeed win a majority however, separatism should not be too much of a concern. It would undoubtedly be unfortunate for Quebec if Pauline Marois was given a majority mandate to further mismanage the economy. However, federalists can take solace that her discriminatory legislation would inevitably be struck down by the Supreme Court of Volume Pills Canada, with separatism’s low approval ensuring that citizens of all beliefs still remain protected- even when their own provincial government tries to harass them for small minded ideological purposes.
Canada’s issues unfortunately extend beyond PQ obstinance, as environmental concerns increasingly mount due to a deliberately laissez-faire Harper government. For more, check out the article written by Anissa Saudemont and myself- the first of a two-part series on the Canadian environment. Pour nos lecteurs français, voici la traduction par Anissa Saudemont.
Abroad, the Ukraine issue continues to mount as Russian troops continue their occupation of Crimea. Concordia’s David Hughes continues his ongoing analysis in an excellent article warning of the possible formation of a new geopolitical border. With all of the talk surrounding Putin’s autocratic practices, one may be inclined to think that he is the most authoritarian leader today. Unfortunately, lesser known but equally problematic leaders still run rampant as evidenced by Gabriel Ning’s explanation of the intimidation and corruption practices committed by Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
Back in the Americas, Avik Jaine continues to analyze the issues surrounding embattled South American countries- be sure to check out his take on what he argues to be oppressive Argentinian statism committed by the Justicialist Party. On the topic of oppressive state tactics, external contributor Martin de Bourmont has plenty to say regarding CCTV cameras and the liberties that we stand to lose under the pretense of crime prevention and national security.
And finally, in the midst of all of this grim negativity in our cynical political analyses, Hiba Ganta takes a refreshingly positive stance on the role that social media has to play in expressing our ideas and supporting causes. I highly recommend checking out her thought provoking take, as well as the #FreeAJStaff campaign that she has helped run to free Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt.
That’s all for this week, everyone- be sure to follow our super hip Instagram (thepoliticalbouillon) and Twitter (@ThePoliBouillon) accounts, and remember to vote federalist in the upcoming election.
– Eli Vincent Zivot, Co-Editor in Chief