In being the political junkie that I am, people often turn to me to explain to them how the political game functions or to get the 411 on certain political situations.
Case in point: a completely non-political co-worker once asked me what was up with the PQ, are they left or right-wing he asked.
“Neither” was my reply.
They’re a coalition of all sides of the political spectrum with the sole purpose of separating Quebec from Canada as their mandate.
“Really?” he asked me looking confused.
Yes really. Can’t say I blame him for his confusion. After all, I for one have never seen anything like this anywhere else – and with good reason: it’s a design that pretty much guarantees failure.
There’s a reason politics are typically divided into different groups: because despite our best wishes to all get-along and respect another’s differences, we don’t live in a perfect world.
It’s just human nature – we want to remain partial to our ideals and as such, we’ll band together with other people who share our ideals.
The recent announcement of #PKP as a candidate for the #PQ pretty much guarantees failure for not only the party’s future, but for the sovereignist vote.
I thought the disintegration of the party might start after the election, but it’s begun only two days after PKP’s nomination by way of the PQ’s socialist division, the SPQ-Libre.
«C’est avec raison que la FTQ le [PKP] qualifie de “l’un des pires employeurs que le Québec ait connus” is the damaging missive PQ MNAs Marc Laviolette and Pierre Dubuc had to say about their running mate.
I don’t know about you, but that would make for a very awkward enviroment.
One would have to guess that Laviolette couldn’t live with himself after having praised his long-time enemy and as a result, alienating not only his core political supporters, but also his family, friends and his community.
At the time I write this piece, Marois PR squad has yet to address the internal attack, but they’ll have to act fast as this will certainly lead to the formation of internal factions, which have undermined the party in the past.
If you follow social media at all (check out the following tags on Twitter: #PQ #qc2014 #polqc), you’ll see that while many ultra-partisan separatists have cooked up a wealth of excuses to sacrifice their beliefs, quite a few feel betrayed.
Some adhere to the old adage that those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.
The fresh rift that has opened between the SPQ-Libre and PKP is destined to engulf a few other players on the team. For instance, during the “Maple Spring” that overtook Quebec, PKP had given the order to his Journal de Montreal columnists, Richard Martineau and Mathieu Bock-Côté to attack Léo Bureau-Blouin and Martine Desjardins every chance they had.
Given the litany of ink both writers spilled to slander Blouin and Desjardins, I don’t believe they’ll forget that order any time soon. Yet, there they’ll be, sitting by his side.
And let us not forget another high-profile socialist in the PQ ranks – Jean-François Lisée author of a book, Comment mettre la droite K.-O. en 15 arguments, which attacks PKP at his very core.
Aside from having polarized political points of view, many saw Lisée as the heir apparent to Marois’ throne.
This is the conflict that will prove most damaging. Lisée and Péladeau both have enormous egos and from what I’ve observed of both men, they are textbook psychopaths. In the event that you are not familiar with the traits of psychopaths, they have little to no regard for others.
What this means is that these two psychopaths will stop at nothing to achieve their goal, even if it means destroying their party and burning the sovereignist movement to the ground.
Chose certaine, the separatists have never been known for their patience and you can count on a bloodbath very shortly after the election.
It will amount to the Libya factor.
When the people of Libya rose together to dethrone and ultimately lynch Muammar Gaddafi, many observers were fearful. Sure, they were happy that Libya would finally be freed of Gaddafi’s rule, however the people usurping him belonged to several tribes with many centuries of conflict.
Sure enough, soon after Gaddafi’s government fell, the tribes that worked together suddenly turned on each other to battle over the spoils.