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Claude André August 3 2012
Original French Text: http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/claude-andre/elections-quebec_b_1737832.html
Jean Charest is starting to hammer out his campaign sound bites: “It’s a choice between two visions for society”, he declared last Tuesday in Sherbrooke during the nomination meeting that confirmed him as candidate in this same riding.
Decoded, this is meant to say that Québec voters will have the choice between the Liberal vision and that of the Parti Québécois. However several indicators show that under the leadership of Jean Charest, formerly a minister in a federal conservative government, the Québec Liberal Party has become, over the last few years, ideologically an unofficial branch of the Conservative Party of Canada and of its leader Stephen Harper.
So it will be a drift from the liberal doctrine toward the conservative ideology that will be on display in the next four weeks leading up to the election on September 4th.
Francis Dionne Montreal June 19 2012
The trivialization of violence is spreading in Quebec society, or so we are told. “Casseurs,” intimidators (i.e. strike supporters, demonstrators and general protesters) are poisoning the collective mind, which once upon a time was pacifistic (i.e. submitted to authority).
Out of the blue, Quebeckers, either manipulated by the subliminal subversive content in artworks or simply imitating their fellow citizens’ anger, have naively adopted a violent culture. Spontaneously, without giving it a second thought, they’ve taken to chanting revolutionary slogans. They’re shattering the eardrums of respectable citizens with their pots and pans, “dehumanizing politicians,” breaking windows of financial institutions that symbolize general dispossession, and throwing rocks at helmeted, masked and over‑armed police officers who “are doing an excellent job.”