Saturday, June 04, 2005

Calling Gilles Duceppe

All eyes in Canada now turn to this man:


  • That's what is meant when we say that the level of political discourse has dropped in this country.

    Even on blogs, apparently. But hey, you can't expect blogs to be held to a higher standard, can you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:47 PM  

  • Yes, what we need is more political discourse from people named "anonymous."

    That's raising the bar, all right.

    By Blogger wonderdog, at 11:28 PM  

  • Excellent choice of pictures.

    Just when we thought that politics in Canada might get boring again (after all, now that the RCMP have the tapes it will be all "no comment on ongoing investigations").

    It will be interesting to see what happens.

    By Blogger Candace, at 2:00 AM  

  • wow. Well, that could change everything.

    By Blogger daveberta, at 2:17 AM  

  • Wonderdog:

    People named "wonderdog" aren't exactly in a position to criticize people named "anonymous".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 AM  

  • ... but people named wonderdog aren't purporting to raise the bar, are they?

    I dunno. Hang on while I ask myself....


    By Blogger wonderdog, at 11:14 AM  

  • Anonymous: piss off! That's THE picture of Duceppe. Kudos to CG for getting it.

    As to the ramifications of Landry's move, I think it'll play out much like Charest's jump to provincial politics. Like Charest in his first campaign, he can make things marginally better (Charest miraculously won the popular vote the first time around, but losing the seat count was preordained), but that's it. Charest will lose the next election; the writing is on the wall. Quebec politics move in large waves.

    Duceppe's recent popularity is due to Adscam; his fantastic performance during the last campaign was b/c he could ad lib, improvise, and glad-hand galore without fear of consequence. The fortunes of the PQ are more or less independent of their leader at this point.

    What will be substantively interesting is what Duceppe does to the dichotomy between separation and sovereignty, and that could be key to what happens to Canada following any successful referendum.

    By Blogger matt, at 11:49 AM  

  • Nobody has commented on the impact this is going to have on the minority parliament if Duceppe jumps ship, so I will. Martin must be smiling from ear to ear today. Not only is that one less opposition vote he has to deal with (he can keep the seat vacant for quite some time), but he is getting rid of arguably the best of the opposition leaders. Yup, this is a good day to be PM.

    By Blogger Greg, at 12:06 PM  

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