UPDATE QUEBEC: One man was killed and another injured in a shooting outside a victory celebration for Pauline Marois, the Associated Press is reporting. Ms. Marois, leader of Parti Quebecois, was not injured. Police arrested a 62-year-old businessman, who will be charged today.
The MSM is definitely irrelevant!
They held an election in Quebec this week, and the Parti Quebecois won with 33 percent of the vote, enough to form a coalition government and run the province. The only reason I know all this is because of a post and a thread of comments on Clarissa’s Blog. Blogging beats MSM, again.
Seems to me the Quebec election ought to be newsworthy in America, if only because the Parti Quebecois allegedly advocates separation of Quebec from the rest of Canada. Possibly many U.S. citizens would need a map to find Quebec, or even Canada. Hint: Canada spans the continent from Atlantic to Pacific, directly north of the U.S.
Hard for me to say how serious Parti Quebecois is about separation, since the myopic U.S. media totally ignored the election. The consensus appears to be: It ain’t going to happen. Howsoever, the French-Canadian party apparently has some interesting positions, not limited to preservation of the French language. Their platform makes many Canadians downright distraught.
The Parti Quebecois is led by Pauline Marois. I’d never heard of her, but I get most of my news via U.S. cable news channels.
I’ve always been interested in all things Canadian. My grandfather was French-Canadian. He could speak both English and French fluently, but he couldn’t read or write. But that’s another story.
Parti Quebecois has been around for a long time. Its separatist views used to be peculiar among major nations, back when the world political and economic situation was more stable.
Nowadays, I’m inclined to take political independence movements more seriously. After all, the Soviet Union broke up into pieces. And look what happened to Yugoslavia!
Crazy Texans talk periodically about seceding from the U.S. (You have to hope they’re crazy.) There is, after all, precedent for secession. “Precedent” is a fancy way of saying, “It’s happened before.” It was unpleasant and very bloody.
Lately, the European Union is looking wobbly. This whole notion of unions, federations, and nation-states bears closer inspection, I think.
— John Hayden
- Parti Quebecois wins minority in Quebec election (ctvnews.ca)
- Parti Québécois wins Quebec election (thestar.com)
- One killed in Quebec speech shooting (english.ruvr.ru)
- Separatist Party Wins Quebec Elections (nytimes.com)
- PQ (Parti Quebecois) returns to power in Quebec (democraticunderground.com)
- Security incident mars win for Quebec separatists (dailystar.com.lb)