Election campaign items inevitable
Given that the election’s on Tuesday and all we have between now and then is a long weekend, there’s no avoiding campaign-related items this Saturday.
Spacing’s Devin Alfaro summarizes and criticizes the mostly lame campaign promises concerning Montreal, the single most important topic for this blog too.
Radio-Canada says there’s supposed to be a demo march Saturday afternoon against Pauline Marois’ promised strengthening of Bill 101, although it refrains from giving any details and only makes a vague mention of a Facebook page. A bit of prodding at Facebook has not produced any information.
François Legault announced on Friday that he’d be willing to work with the PQ to wrest more federal powers from Ottawa. (Do we think the CAQ will eventually melt back into the PQ?)
A CBC writer gives five reasons why Canada should pay attention to the Quebec election; OpenFile also talks about why the election matters to Canada; another CBC piece says the real estate market has stalled in advance of the election as people wait to know the outcome before making big decisions. In the Globe & Mail, Jeffrey Simpson tries to explain Quebec.
OpenFile’s op-ed type piece about Quebec xenophobia, already linked on this blog, deserves a second look because of a thoughtful, very long comment in French, a must-read on this pre-election weekend.