Pauline Marois is trying, with some success, to ride to victory on the backs of Quebec’s religious minorities by appealing to inchoate fears, particularly in rural Quebec, of Islamic fundamentalism.
The proposed Quebec charter of values is a petty, mean-spirited, dangerous and unnecessary piece of legislation unworthy of Canada and, if it passes, deeply damaging to Quebec’s reputation. Now why doesn’t someone in Ottawa say so?
If there is never an appetite for overall tax increases, a case can be made for targeted hikes.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty risks becoming too dangerously interesting for the Harper Cabinet.
‘This time it’s the rich and powerful against the educated, the cultivated, and the just plain unconvinced. Anyone who questions the new order (its smug assumptions and harsh remedies) is accused of contempt for the wisdom of the common people. Of elitism.’
The economy will trump every other issue, as it almost always does. If things are going well—lots of jobs, rising wages—Stephen Harper could be re-elected. Even if things are going badly, voters may not want to risk a leap into the unknown. So far, that is what the Liberals are offering under Justin Trudeau.
It was a close call for Harper and an ugly victory—and the story isn’t over. But he finally has a rival, right across the Commons aisle, as skilled, relentless, and competitive as he is.
Liberals say the choice for federal voters in 2015 is simple: they want hopeful and positive over brooding and negative. But don’t be so sure.
Symbolically, Leona Aglukkaq’s perfect. Practically, her appointment as Environment Minister is intended to blunt aboriginal opposition to pipelines and mines.
It’s moving inexorably closer to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The most disconcerting thing about Prime Minister Stephen Harper is that no one knows, no one can even reasonably guess, what he will do next.
The NDP leader looked more interested in embarrassing Justin Trudeau than cleaning up Parliament. He certainly wasn’t leading the charge towards more accountability.