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Marie Vaillancourt August 2, 2012
In my opinion, the re-election of Charest’s government would be a tragedy. Even without a majority. We would still be left with the fact that Quebeckers chose this government and endorse its politics. A re-election of the Liberal Party would mean going ahead with the Plan Nord, disregarding the environment, and acquiescing to smokescreens, misinformation and false concern for Quebec’s nation and language.
The re-election of the Liberal Party would probably mean perfecting a system that protects a privileged group of friends with mutual vested interests. The re-election of the Liberal Party would mean, among other things, giving this government another four years to develop shale gas operations, ruin Anticosti Island, make a mockery of students, and steer universities to serve the economic machine.
Personally, the idea of re-electing Jean Charest disgusts me, and I think the priority has to be getting rid of this government and choosing between the “lesser of two evils,” as the saying goes.
This party has mismanaged the country for too long. They are aware of their unpopularity and counting on a divided vote to stay in power. One has to admit it’s an excellent strategy, especially since most people aren’t seeing the forest for the trees.
For me, “voting by my convictions” means getting rid of this government as soon as possible and conveying our disgust for its values and politics. I could never forgive myself for contributing to this government’s re-election by choosing to be a purist. This time, more than ever, we have to think collectively.
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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