Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Unsinkable Jean Charest

Seriously, this is just getting ridiculous. Has there ever been a politician who has come back from the brink more often than Jean Charest?

A poll released Monday suggests support for the sovereignty movement in Quebec is fading, with only about one-third of Quebecers who answered the Leger Marketing poll saying they would vote to separate if there was a referendum.

That's down five points since May. The poll, conducted online, also shows a drop in support for the Parti Québécois, from about 40 per cent last September, to 24 per cent.

That puts the separatist party 10 points behind Premier Jean Charest's front-running Liberals.

Charest may still get swept away next year by one of the half-dozen new parties that have sprung up in Quebec, but at this time last year everyone assumed he was toast. Most felt he was foolish to stay on and, if he did, it would only be to go down with the ship.

Now, he has a 10-point lead in the polls. This guy is either one of the most talented politicians of his generation, or one of the luckiest. Or both.



  • Sometimes, being where nobody else wants to be, has its benefits.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 8:16 p.m.  

  • I honestly feel it is talent. Very rarely do you see a politician like Jean Charest.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 p.m.  

  • I'll honestly say that it's talent. I can remember liking him even while not always agreeing with his politics when he was involved on the federal level.

    He has good ideas and is eloquent enough in his speech to communicate them clearly. Are they always the right ideas? Nope. But there's something to be said for clarity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:24 p.m.  

  • If you were making a list of the most gift Canadian politicians of the past generation, Charest would be on it. Likely Ralph Klein, Jean Chretien, Jack Layton, and Danny Williams too. McKenna and Bouchard if you go back a bit farther.

    By Anonymous Deb, at 9:24 a.m.  

  • Jean Charest does have nine lives - now if only he'd do something with one of them. Has he accomplished anything noteworthy in 8 years of office?

    By Anonymous hosertohoosier, at 9:55 p.m.  

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