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Quebec student leader to run for office

Léo Bureau-Blouin will campaign for Parti Quebecois


Thousands of students march in Quebec

Election speculation continues


Quebec election looms, but no date yet

Quebec seems headed for an election. Retiring cabinet ministers are making their exit and Premier Jean Charest has returned from vacation looking ready to rumble. But the date is up in the air.

Election windows in 2011: There’s only one

Paul Wells on why he doesn’t expect a federal election until 2012


Three days

Three days ago, Blair Robertson posted a video to YouTube with his predictions for the next few months of political events in Canada. Among his prognostications: that a fall election would be disastrous for the Liberals and that the number two would somehow factor into the fortunes of Michael Ignatieff and Stephen Harper, possibly in the form of floor-crossing MPs.


You heard it here first

This analysis seems entirely reasonable. Or at least as reasonable as any other analysis you’re likely to read or hear on the subject in the weeks to come.


Duceppe to Iggy: You’re a wimp

Gilles Duceppe double dog dares Michael Ignatieff to bring down the Conservatives in a speech to the BQ’s youth wing in Quebec City:

Just say no to tax cuts: Ignatieff

Today’s edition of Le Devoir has what it bills as an “exclusive interview” with Michael Ignatieff in which the Liberal leader waxes politic about everything from the coalition to the upcoming budget. It’s hard to conceive of a situation in which he’d follow through on his threat to bring down the government, but Ignatieff certainly seems to have gotten the requisite pre-budget posturing routine down pat anyway.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the budget: “Mr. Harper is talking about broad-based tax cuts for the middle class, while I’m talking about targetting tax cuts for the less-fortunate… If I see in the budget a permanent reduction in the government’s fiscal capacity to create conditions of equality for everyone, I will vote against it… I’m afraid that broad-based tax cuts might put us in a deficit situation from which we wouldn’t be able to emerge.”

On going into an election: “I could lead the Liberal party in an election campaign at the end of January. The problem isn’t the Liberal party’s capacity to run a campaign. Our problems aren’t as big as people think.”

On the coalition: “No one wants an election. That’s why we have agreed to a coalition that provides a credible and viable alternative.”

On the Bloc: “I am a federalist, a proud Canadian, and I will never compromise the unity of my country. But I want to add that Bloc MPs are colleagues. They have been duly elected by the voters of Quebec. They are not traitors; they are not enemies of Canada. I profoundly disagree with their [goal of an independent Quebec] and always will. But to say, like Mr. Harper did, that you can’t negotiate make deals with them, that’s hypocritical, because he himself has often negotiated made deals with the Bloc. That made me really angry.”

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All’s fair in love and war

The gamesmanship is certainly picking up in the National Assembly. Earlier this week, a furious Charest denounced the PQ and the ADQ for sandbagging his pick for the Speaker and installing the PQ’s François Gendron instead. But Charest didn’t wait long before exacting his revenge. He swiped two MNAs from the ADQ’s dispirited ranks today.