The Coalition Avenir Quebec Party, CAQ, as it’s known, just won the Quebec election, and they won it huge.
There are 125 seats in the Quebec legislature and the CAQ got 74.
The Liberals in Justin’s home province, led by Philippe Couillard, were gutted, falling to their lowest result ever. Less than 25 per cent, plunging from 68 seats to just 32 seats.
In addition to the CAQ getting more than 37 per cent of the vote, a party that didn’t even exist seven years ago, the radical left-wing, pro-Muslim, pro-Communist party called Quebec solidaire, got 16 per cent, doubling its vote.
And the traditional alternative to the Liberals, the Parti Quebecois, got just nine seats!
But what’s so interesting is that the CAQ is the party of the right, one that would likely be called Progressive Conservative, or maybe even Red Tory if it were in Ontario or certainly in Alberta.
For Quebec, there’s no denying that this is the closest thing to a conservative government they’ve had since the nineteenth century.
And you know what? I’m absolutely sure that if you get your news about Quebec from the mainstream media in Canada — especially from the CBC — this was a total surprise to you.
It’s partly the language barrier, and partly the fact that the rest of Canada is no longer as obsessed with Quebec as were a generation ago.
And, without the French language ability to follow the news, we’ve had to rely on a handful of pundits in Ottawa and Montreal to tell us — and they’re almost all with the CBC state broadcaster, who have an agenda.
They hate the CAQ; they hate that it’s not left-wing. They hate that it’s against burkas. But mainly, they love the establishment parties, because they’re the establishment.
Trudeau’s state broadcaster is stunned by the news in Quebec. They did their best to stop it.
Quebec nationalism was part of the CAQ’s message. Legualt is also a fiscal conservative who says his long-term goal is to make the province strong enough that it no longer needs to take equalization payments from Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C.
And, he’s also more moderate on environmentalism - not part of the cult, like Trudeau and many other Liberals and New Democrats are.
But I think — and, I acknowledge, it’s hard for me, an Anglo in Toronto to detect it authentically — his nationalism is important.
When Trudeau was elected, it looked dark indeed. But now Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and likely New Brunswick are a wall of conservative reaction to him, and Alberta is just a year away from throwing out Rachel Notley, too.
The carbon tax is in jeopardy; the open borders are in disrepute. Donald Trump just gave Trudeau a spanking on NAFTA.
It seems like the people are taking back their country, starting with enforcing the borders in Quebec.
The media still hates it; they’ll fight to the bitter end.
But maybe, just maybe, this Quebec election, in the face of the establishment scolding them, is a flicker of hope for us all.
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