Friday, August 12, 2011

What happens when you throw a leadership contest and no one shows up?

Maybe Nycole Turmel has a friend who'd be willing to step in and help the Bloc out:

Bloc faces growing pressure to delay choosing Duceppe replacement

There is growing pressure within the Bloc Québécois to delay choosing a permanent successor to former leader Gilles Duceppe.

The leading contender to replace Mr. Duceppe has told a Montreal newspaper he is dropping out of the contest, saying the party needs more time to reflect on its losses in the last election.

Former MP Pierre Paquette had been the first to declare his intention to run for the party's leadership, but now says the Bloc hasn't thought hard enough about what happened May 2.

Current Bloc MP Maria Mourani agrees that the timeline to find Mr. Duceppe's replacement is too tight.

It used to be said that Gilles Duceppe had the easiest job in Ottawa. He got up, demanded more money for Quebec, sat down, and collected his government of Canada pension. Nothing to it. Fifty seats every election, guaranteed.

Now, there doesn't appear to be a single person out there who wants to job.



  • Now, there doesn't appear to be a single person out there who wants to job.

    Sacrés schtroumpfs, je voudrais ce boulot - moi! Je serait un excellent chef du BQ a mon avis!

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 4:20 PM  

  • The newly-elected Haute Gaspésie M.P. Jean-François Fortin does seem more likely to run, but he now agrees that the current leadership timeline is too rushed for where the membership is at.

    By Blogger The Pundits' Guide, at 6:20 PM  

  • I hear Jean Lapierre is available.

    By Blogger Greg, at 7:56 PM  

  • Hey Greg. I was thinking the same; Jean Lapierre for Bloc leader!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:17 AM  

  • They are waiting for Layton to return so Turmel will be available.

    By Anonymous john g, at 9:26 PM  

  • Its a pretty dismal situation. For anybody other than the four Bloc MPs, it would mean leading from outside parliament (and no paycheque from Ottawa), and hoping for a by-election (which the party may well lose) in Quebec. Of course, with so many newly minted MPs in the province, you probably won't get too many opportunities of that sort.

    Of the four, Plamondon seems to have the best profile to lead, but he's 68 and possibly too old.

    By Anonymous hosertohoosier, at 6:00 PM  

  • Why can't Turmel lead both Parties?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:36 PM  

  • As recently as six months ago, running for the NDP in Quebec was synonymous with becoming a sacrificial lamb.

    The Bloc Québécois looked poised to hold the social democrat fort in Quebec for at least as long as Gilles Duceppe was at the helm.

    Duceppe had cause to believe his left flank had never been more secure.

    He was arguing forcefully that Quebec social democrats could not hope for a society that reflected their ideals within a Canada that was leaning more decisively towards Stephen Harper’s brand of conservatism with every election.

    In the circumstances, to agree to run for the NDP could only be construed as turning away from the pursuit of sovereignty.

    Given the context, to retroactively portray Layton’s party as a fallback vehicle for Quebec nationalism amounts to rewriting election history.

    That rewriting excises the inconvenient fact that the voters who gave the NDP its sweeping Quebec victory on May 2nd already had a road-tested nationalist option on the ballot in the shape of the Bloc.

    The reality is that those who ran for the NDP in the last campaign and the vast majority of those who voted for them did so not to revisit the debates of the past but because they wanted to move on.

    Many wanted to resume contributing more directly to Canada’s federal life to help craft a progressive alternative to the Conservatives.

    To all intents and purposes, those who leaked details of interim leader Nycole Turmel’s past links with the Bloc are playing a longer game than that of embarrassing the NDP at a time of relative fragility.

    For the moribund Bloc, the best hope for revival lies with a successful demonstration that there is no room within Canada’s national parties for nationalist Quebecers — or at least not unless they are willing to atone for the way they exercised their voting franchise in the past.

    It looks like sovereigntist strategists can count on outside help to achieve their purpose.

    Alone of all members of Parliament, Quebec’s New Democrats are being asked to account for their past political leanings.

    Now, as then, a Quebec oui to Canada is getting lost in translation.

    By Anonymous Chantal Hebert, at 11:32 AM  

  • My french is rusty, did JBV just suggest Papa Smurf for leader?

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:22 AM  

  • By Blogger chenlina, at 8:05 PM  

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