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Liberals set to form majority Quebec government (Socialists Crushed Alert)
BBC News ^ | 04/07/2014 | BBC News

Posted on 04/07/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT by goldstategop

Quebec's Liberal Party is set to form a majority provincial government, routing a bid by Quebec's main separatist party for their own majority.

Liberals have won 41% of the vote, with nearly all ballots counted.

Parti Quebecois (PQ) leader Pauline Marois has resigned in response to the crushing defeat, with her party only obtaining 25%.

She dissolved the PQ-led minority government last month, after coalition partners blocked the party's agenda.

Liberal leader Philippe Couillard will now become the province's premier.

The election centred on PQ's controversial Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing religious items, and a revivial of the debate over Quebec's possible independence from Canada.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bbcnews; canada; election2014; liberals; liberalwin; pq; quebec
Quebec's separatist socialist PQ got decisively routed by the right-center Liberals in today's Quebec provincial election. They will form a majority government.

My heartfelt congratulation to the Liberals on their win tonight!

1 posted on 04/07/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

Kind of puts a different perspective on “liberal”


2 posted on 04/07/2014 9:37:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The provincial party has nothing in common with the federal Liberal Party of Canada, which is center-left. They have the same name but follow different political philosophies - and this is significant in francophone Quebec.


3 posted on 04/07/2014 9:39:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Can’t the Francophiles just withdraw to the two French Islands in the St. Lawrence?


4 posted on 04/07/2014 9:42:02 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Squawk 8888

Ping.


5 posted on 04/07/2014 9:43:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Paladin2

Quebec francophones appear to be becoming more like English Canadians in outlook. They have had their fill of the siren song of separatism and the socialist bilge. They want to remain in Canada.


6 posted on 04/07/2014 9:45:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
"They want to remain in Canada."

Well, that's progress. I remember in the 70's when my Dad was potentially facing a move to Que. for work. It didn't sound good for a fam move.

7 posted on 04/07/2014 9:54:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Kind of puts a different perspective on “liberal”

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Or it is just the historical and correct use of the word, such as the Founders would have recognized. George Herbert Walker Bush turned the word into an epithet when he ran against the hapless Gov. Dukakis.


8 posted on 04/07/2014 9:56:07 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Paladin2

Of course... its still the “beautiful province” when all it said and done. Here is my tribute to it, the land of my birth:

O Québec
De la montagne à la Saint-Laurent
Des vallées de l’océan
Restez béni belle province!
Dieu brille sur tes merveilles
Sur vos lacs, les rivières et la neige de l’Arctique!
Vos villes et la langue d’or
Les lys de France ne se décolore pas de votre vue
Adorez votre beauté dans la chaleur du soleil
Votre splendeur révélé à la lumière de la lune
O Québec
Restez béni belle province!


9 posted on 04/07/2014 10:05:26 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Paladin2
Can’t the Francophiles just withdraw to the two French Islands in the St. Lawrence?

St Pierre et Miquelon?

10 posted on 04/07/2014 10:06:50 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: goldstategop

Frankly I thought all the Quebecois were on Fort Lauderdale Beach, at least it seemed that way the last time I was there.


11 posted on 04/07/2014 10:07:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Funny, those islands are ruled by France!

Fitting 7 million people on two small islands is a challenge.. ;-)


12 posted on 04/07/2014 10:09:32 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Very interesting story about those islands during WWII. The Free French seized the islands from the Vichy Government, and FDR was none too happy about it.


13 posted on 04/07/2014 10:15:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Be that as it may, tonight’s news tells us not to be discouraged, to keep on fighting and to never give up hope!


14 posted on 04/07/2014 10:19:13 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Always wanted to visit Quebec City, it’s about as “European” a city as there is in North America.


15 posted on 04/07/2014 10:23:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Montreal is the largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris.

I and William Shatner have the honor of being born there.


16 posted on 04/07/2014 10:25:49 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

The other thing on the “To Do” is to watch a Habs game at the Bell Centre (wish it was still at the Forum)


17 posted on 04/07/2014 10:28:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: goldstategop
So will Pauline Marois and Kim Campbell hang out now? They have a lot in common after all.

Honestly I can’t tell if the PQ lost so badly because their candidates couldn't resist talking about another referendum, or just because their campaign was generally so awful. My only regret is that it drove everybody back to the Liberals and looks like it cost the CAQ seats.
18 posted on 04/07/2014 11:28:51 PM PDT by Heatseeker
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To: Heatseeker

The CAQ came in a respectable third and its also a center-right party.

Now the sovereigntists ran an awful campaign and Ms. Marois was simply unlikeable - she got beaten for re-election in her own riding and led the PQ to its worst showing ever... it lost over half of its seats and she was one of the casualties.

This is good news for the Tories as they head into a federal general election in October 2015.


19 posted on 04/07/2014 11:39:23 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
I hope you're right. And I just read a piece in the Globe & Mail about Liberal leader Couillard not being so great - so maybe there's hope for the future.
20 posted on 04/07/2014 11:58:28 PM PDT by Heatseeker
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To: Heatseeker

As a trained neurosurgeon, incoming Premier Phillippe Couillard is the antithesis of the average politician. But if he can turn Quebec around, he’ll be forgiven his failings. The Liberals have to show conservatives can govern and they have five years to show they’re up to the challenge.

There’s hope.


21 posted on 04/08/2014 12:05:27 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

22 posted on 04/08/2014 12:23:27 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: goldstategop
The election centred on PQ's controversial Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing religious items...

Sounds more like a charter of no-values to me.

23 posted on 04/08/2014 12:34:38 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: goldstategop
Quebec's separatist socialist PQ got decisively routed by the right-center Liberals

The liberals are also socialists. How can anyone call them "center right"? It was the liberals who introduced the hated language laws in quebec. The PQ made it worse, but the liberals were the pioneers. There is no conservative right in Quebec because the conservative right left the province long ago.

24 posted on 04/08/2014 3:01:17 AM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: Vanders9
Sounds more like a charter of no-values to me.

You are correct. Quebec has no values. If the province goes to complete sh*t economically and socially, it would be well deserved.

25 posted on 04/08/2014 3:12:02 AM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: goldstategop

The Liberals have to also show that they are not as corrupt as the last time around. Too many of them were too close to members of La Cosa Nostra.


26 posted on 04/08/2014 4:16:54 AM PDT by gusty
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To: dfwgator

it’s pretty nice, just don’t speak english there, I’ve had problems there.

I resolved them before it got out of hand, but I had to intimidate their “leader” before he got too brave.


27 posted on 04/08/2014 5:08:00 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: goldstategop

I love Quebec - so many beautiful places - and its people - very friendly in my experience, even the francophones, especially if you make the effort to use what little French you may know. It’s a shame that decades of socialist policies and separatism have set its economy back so much, although Quebecois have only themselves to blame for that, of course.


28 posted on 04/08/2014 9:05:22 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like tractor.)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

The party does have a nationalist wing. There is a concern with protecting the French language and Quebec culture on a predominantly English-speaking continent. But those goals can be ensured without breaking up Canada. In the eyes of many Quebecois, the separatist solution is far too extreme - the Canadian federal state effectively protects them through its structure, language treatment and minority rights.


29 posted on 04/08/2014 3:58:13 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dfwgator
Always wanted to visit Quebec City,

Mrs. D-man and I spent a week there about 6 or 7 years ago. I had always wanted to see it. We loved it. The only French either of us remember is what we learned in school a l-o-o-ong time ago. Back when we were in school, they actually taught Canadian history, that's why we wanted to go.

30 posted on 04/08/2014 4:42:16 PM PDT by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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