Only a few more days and hopefully some private school will have a new drama teacher who likes to bond with the young folk to show how cool he is.......And had George W. Bush endorsed Stephen Harper or Stockwell Day for PM, our media would be shrieking about American interference in our elections.
The media can't have it both ways.
This was intended to make the party look like it was stuck in the past.Throughout the campaign, as the Bloc Québécois rose steadily in the polls, the other leaders would accuse the sovereigntist party of trying to revive vieilles chicanes, old arguments.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used the line in the TVA debate. The NDP's Jagmeet Singh used a slight variation. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has been using the line at least since 2013.
However, it isn't the Bloc who are stuck in the past. They have focused on nationalism, not sovereignty.Accusing the Bloc of obsessing over old arguments was meant, of course, to make the party look like a leftover from a bygone era, when talk of referendums and sovereignty consumed the country's political oxygen.
The new provincial CAQ government in Quebec follows a form of nationalism called décomplexé, which probably best translates as "unselfconscious". The BQ have now copied this, and the other parties focusing on vieilles chicanes makes them look like the ones who are stuck in the past.But the problem is that under leader Yves-François Blanchet, the Bloc has reinvented itself.
Blanchet has spent most of his time talking about Quebec nationalism, not sovereignty.
Quebecers are confident, and one of the reasons for this is their economy is doing well. Scotiabank expects Quebec's economic growth to lead the country's this year. Employment is growing, and there are signs of prosperity all around.In Quebec, this brand of nationalism is often called décomplexé, that is, unselfconscious or, literally, without complexes; its champion is Premier François Legault and it's seen as something new, refreshingly so.
Recycling the vieilles chicanes line makes it seem like it's the other federal leaders who are the ones stuck in the past.
Many Quebecers feel that Trudeau is not listening to these concerns.But the long-term prospects of this growth face significant hurdles thanks to an aging population that is leaving the workforce in droves.
Economists, business lobbies and mayors are pleading for more workers, for immigrants. But these pleas confront more deeply embedded concerns: Will they speak French? Will they adopt our values?
In Quebec, these concerns form the basis of a new type of nationalism, based on values and culture rather than separatism.The perception among many Quebecers — especially those older and living outside of Montreal — is that the Trudeau government was deaf to these concerns.
I will refer back to previous posts on the "Things Canadian" thread about the CAQ and how they have led this trend in Quebec. The CAQ reject the idea of an other independence referendum, but Quebecers are to be maitre chez nous, "masters in our own house", in Quebec and immigrants are expected to conform to Quebec culture.Quebec, in a way, is re-modernizing itself, a process that comes with anxieties about the ability of a collective identity to survive the transformation.
As have similar anxieties elsewhere in the world, in Quebec they have been channeled into nationalism. That is what the Bloc is offering voters.
Pity. At least it's a minority government where Trudeau's either going to have to go into coalition with the NDP or the Bloc Quebecois.CTV declares for Liberals.