Skip to comments.Better with coke: Why Quebecers love their gay, drug-snorting PQ leadership hopeful
Posted on 10/03/2005 8:13:10 AM PDT by Heartofsong83
Better with coke
Why Quebecers love their gay, drug-snorting PQ leadership hopeful
He's got the looks of a matinee idol, a grin that could melt icebergs, and, at 39, in a political formation made up mostly of white-haired veterans, André Boisclair still passes for young. So what better than a little political striptease to sex up his campaign for the Parti Québécois leadership even more? At the onset, he admitted he is gay, and "proud of living in such a tolerant society." Two weeks ago, he went on Tout le monde en parle, the province's hippest talkshow, and admitted to having smoked pot.
Then André Boisclair discovered that playing with fire is a good way to get burned. Reporters began grilling him about his rumoured penchant for booze-fuelled, cocaine-driven all-night revelry. He finally admitted to "youthful errors," adding, "It's all behind me now."
No, it wasn't. Not yet.
First elected in 1989 at 23, Boisclair became a cabinet minister at 30 and was the opposition house leader when he quit in 2004 to go to Harvard. National Assembly reporters seemed to know Boisclair had used coke more recently, when in cabinet. "I don't think anyone had to leak it to us. We'd heard the rumours," a press gallery veteran says. "It's just that nobody felt the urge to hang out in after-hours gay bars to check them out at the time."
Boisclair was soon reminded how much the PQ -- which has turned on the likes of René Lévesque and Lucien Bouchard -- enjoys lunching on a frontrunner. "I have children of my own and I certainly don't want to see cocaine use become trivialized," said leadership candidate Richard Legendre. François Gendron, a veteran PQ minister, twisted the knife: "We had all heard the rumours. If there is anything else we should know, it's up to André to come forward."
By early last week, Boisclair looked frazzled and on the verge of a meltdown. Besieged by reporters, he finally conceded he had "consumed" while in cabinet. He insisted quite vehemently that he is clean now, and always had his wits about him while at work.
And then Boisclair discovered that road kill can indeed get back in the race, and more. A poll by Léger Marketing showed last Wednesday that despite, or perhaps because, of the ordeal, Boisclair's popularity had shot up, and that the eight other candidates in the Nov. 15 leadership race were eating his dust, with former finance minister Pauline Marois a distant second. The public had seen enough of the press hounding the candidate. "It is a very Catholic reflex: the sinner has confessed his sins, and should be forgiven," Yves Dupré, a Montreal communications expert, says. Journalists were dumbfounded; Boisclair's leadership opponents roped in their dogs before the first of seven candidates' debates last week.
Boisclair, described by a former schoolmate as "a Bourassa-style politician, no hard edge, all-options-open kind of guy," was able to pick himself up, and dance through last Wednesday's debate. A few barbs were traded during the tightly scripted exchange, which was confined to discussing public finances, but "personal" questions were banned. Boisclair promised to pay down the debt -- not a hot PQ priority.
Then, after a newspaper report revealed that the overwhelming majority of the 83,000 or so card-carrying PQ members are baby boomers contemplating retirement, or enjoying it already, Boisclair filled a building with 1,600 enthusiastic Université de Montréal students on Thursday, reportedly selling 300 new membership cards. So, Boisclair is shaken, but, apparently, still on his feet. "If he has no other skeleton in his closet, the race is probably over for Marois and the others," a veteran Liberal organizer says. "What we don't know yet is how big an 'if' that is."
Dupré, a veteran political organizer, warns that the Léger poll doesn't mean much in the long run. "People felt instant sympathy for a man on the ropes -- but in a leadership race or an election, people look for a winner, they don't vote for a victim."
Boisclair's burden now is to convince PQ members that a coke-snorting gay man just off the fast track can lead them to their Promised Land.
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Thank God for the Two Solitudes.
Go, Quebec, go! ASAP.
And take Pierre Pettigrew with you.
He's not immoral, he's open, can't you read?????? /sarcasm
Probably not the best choice of words for an openly gay pol to use!
slice of double entendre anyone?
Pingout Tomorrow, when I'm back on the job.
It's clear that Queerbeckistan is out of touch with reality if they really embrace a cocaine addict who is openly gay and support him because of that...
They just pretend cocaine is no more dangerous than marijuana or tobacco. You must realize Quebecois have a more sophisticated, "European" outlook on drugs and sex than the rest of North America.
And it's not just the separatists who are so libertine. In the news today is the following story about young federalist Liberals:
Monday » October 3 » 2005
Young Liberals bare all for national unity
Monday, October 03, 2005
Six scantily clad Liberal youth-wing executives are front-and-centre in a poster campaign to begin on Monday that will hit the walls of some Quebec universities and appear in some weekly newspapers. (CP/Federal Young Liberals of Quebec)
They're young, they're Liberals, and they're not afraid to take off their clothes in the name of national unity.
Six scantily clad Liberal youth-wing executives, who posed on Montreal's hip St-Denis Street, are front-and-centre in a poster campaign to begin on Monday that will hit the walls of some Quebec universities and appear in some weekly newspapers.
After young Quebec Liberals came up with the idea, the search for those willing to reveal more than just their thoughts wasn't difficult. ''We had more models than we needed,'' said Brigitte Legault, president of the youth wing of the Quebec federal Liberals. The poster says in French: Children of the Charter Flaunt It. But the message is serious. It notes the importance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, adopted by a Liberal government, while taking a swipe at sovereigntists. "After a divisive referendum, the separatists are hoping to go right back at it," reads the message, translated from French. "We say no to this exclusive, ethnic and unjustified nationalism."
But the poster was a bit too racy for three Montreal universities - Concordia University, University of Montreal and the University of Quebec at Montreal - which refused to allow it on campus. ''The universities that refused, assured us that it wasn't for political reasons, but rather because of the (nature of the ads) that was maybe a bit too provocative or in bad taste,'' said Marie-Helene Perreault from the Newad agency, in charge of distributing the posters. This isn't the first time young Liberals from Quebec have stirred up controversy with an ad campaign.
Last year, they launched one promoting same-sex marriages using a picture of two women kissing. They also took a firm stance against the anti-missile shield in another campaign at a time when the Liberal party was divided on the issue. This time instead of a focusing on an emerging issue, Legault said the young Liberals are returning to an old problem that is always around, even though many people have put national unity on the backburner. They were inspired by a speech delivered by Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew at a youth convention in early September. Speaking to about 300 Liberals, he lashed out at sovereigntists, accusing them of defending outdated values. ''We're taking the same words of Mr. Pettigrew who tells us that since the beginning, we have advocated Liberal values of openness,'' Legault said.
A spokeswoman from University of Montreal said it refused to allow the campaign because it has a policy that only permits publicity from within campus, the government, or other universities. Concordia University and the University of Quebec at Montreal couldn't be reached for comment.
© Canadian Press 2005
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He's gay. Big deal. He does coke? Well I'm more angry that politicians admit to this but still support criminalization knowing only those "not connected" actually get punished for these "crimes."
As for Quebeckers being immoral. No, they just believe in staying out of peoples personal lives. But remember though this is the province where it is ILLEGAL for a woman to take her husbands surname at marriage. (not kidding)
Now the nanny state big government they LOVE.
Quebec truthfully is probably the most liberal region on earth. Sweden and Amsterdam included.
It makes the "blue states", and the rest of Canada, look like a bastion of ultra-conservatism...to be honest, there are much greater divides in Canada versus the US when it comes to regional politics...
Quebec is a weird place. Trying to live as they believe as "European" as possible, but considering themselves as living as North Americans.
Had they kept the traditional Catholic morality and outlook, and a support of market economics, I would have supported them separating from the leftist experiment known as Canada.
Now we should support separation because they are the main reason (along with some urban elitists who control the MSM) that the experiment took place...
The rot goes far deeper than the French Canadians from Quebec. I think the other half has been the spinelessness of post-Christian and postmodern English Canadians who comprise a large proportion of Ontario's residents and certainly almost all of its people of influence. These people are the ones crying out "God save the Queen!" while happily voting in lefties and bashing the Americans at every available opportunity. Without their accomplice Trudeau would not be able to obtain as much influence and damage to Canada.
Just as the example of New Zealand shows, when you bless a good load of British stock people with a prosperous environment it wouldn't take long for them to ferment complacency and socialism. The only fix for Canada is to break up the entire country.