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It’s not the economy, stupid: Quebec’s counterintuitive election

By Lisa Van Dusen      

While strong economic numbers are helping to keep a cataclysmic American president in office, Philippe Couillard isn’t getting the same popularity dividend.

Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, left, is trailing in the polls against Coalition Avenir Québec front-runner François Legault, right, despite strong economic figures coming out of Mr. Couillard's four-year term as premier. The Hill Times file photograph and courtesy the CAQ/Instagram
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The Saint-Tite Western Festival is to the Calgary Stampede what Atlantic City is to Vegas: smaller in scale, shorter on high rollers, and a little rougher around the edges. But like its western counterpart, Quebec’s eastern rodeo is a required stop on the province’s summer political calendar, especially during election years. Which is why incumbent premier Philippe Couillard made a surprise appearance at the annual Mauricie hoedown and animal rights activist-magnet on the weekend, waving from a horse-drawn carriage and smiling under

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