January 11, 2007

Jean Lapierre Hitting the Road Early

Conveniently, after a firestorm is caused over the candidacy of Justin Trudeau in Outremont, Jean Lapierre has announced he is leaving Parliament as of the end of this month to host his own TV show on the TVA network.

The Quebec media did have a field day with the Justin candidacy, one radio station prank calling his residence and pretending to be Lucien Bouchard on the toilet with the gastro bug that is ravaging Montreal these days. To Justin’s credit, he knew it was a joke, but kept the prankster on the phone for a while. I wouldn’t know why. Maybe he thought it was as funny as everybody else did.

Will Harper call a by-election early and force a quick nomination? As far as I know, only one candidate is selling membership cards and her dad wasn’t ever Prime Minister. This will be Harper’s first by-election in Quebec since “solving the fiscal imbalance.” This will be the barometer which will see if we go early or not in the next election.

How much separatist vote will move to the Tories with the Bloc’s two major issues resolved?

How much of that vote is too left-wing to ever vote Conservative, and head our way?

How much of Leo-Paul Lauzon’s NDP vote (20%) last time, will leave the NDP and where will it go?

In other gossip news, Lucienne Robillard has pondered retirement and has decided to give it another go and run again. Westmount is now off the table.

Liza Frulla has told Le Devoir she will not run in the upcoming election. I’ve never heard her say she is still running but was kept being told I was wrong on that subject. There is more indication my original information was right...

15 Commentaires:

Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

When you say solving the fiscal imbalance do you mean whatever he does in the next budget? Because unless I missed a memo, he hasn't solved it yet. And there was that recent byelection in that BQ seat too.

Anyway, should be interesting, I'd bet on an early byelection call too. Hey, maybe Senator Forier will run...

1/11/2007 11:00 a.m.  
Blogger Sinestra a dit...

I think they'll run Fortier somewhere further west on the island.

1/11/2007 11:33 a.m.  
Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

I'm not going to miss Lapierre, quite frankly.

And yea, I get a bit concerned over Antonio obsessing over the fiscal imbalance as well. I'd love for it to be fixed.. but that doesnt mean accepting any old proposal FLaherty or Harper throw out there.

If it guts the ability of the Federal Government to do things, as has been rumoured Harper is going to try and do, (ie. you wont be getting any "national standards", for programs that Antonio keeps urging the Liberals to adopt) then I will adamantly oppose it.

1/11/2007 12:01 p.m.  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

On November 21 2006, Michael Fortier announced that he would seek election to the House of Commons in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the next federal election.

1/11/2007 12:06 p.m.  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

The provincial premiers will hold a last-ditch meeting on equalization payments in Toronto on Feb. 7.
If this fails, both Harper and Charest will have some explaining to do to the Quebec electorate.

1/11/2007 12:10 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

We should transfer more money to provinces when and if we think it would be good policy to do so and not when the separatists and decentralists tell us that their is some mythical "imbalance" that needs to be corrected.

1/11/2007 12:17 p.m.  
Blogger Sinestra a dit...

Fortier will have a hard time against Mme Faille. She has been underestimated before.

1/11/2007 12:18 p.m.  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

One of my favorite Lapierre moments was when he and some other boo-birds (Bloc MPs & a couple of QC Libs) jeered Don Cherry in the House.
Lapierre was quoted as saying that Cherry had only distinguished himself by insulting French-Canadians.

1/11/2007 12:51 p.m.  
Blogger A BCer in Toronto a dit...

not when the separatists and decentralists tell us that their is some mythical "imbalance" that needs to be corrected

The only problem is Harper is one of those decentralists. And while I think, as an economist should, he agrees there is no fiscal imbalance, the myth plays into his larger go of decentralizing the federation.

1/11/2007 1:48 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

hey kyle

Dion is a decentralist too

he was the whole time as minister.

Why so shocked?

1/11/2007 2:19 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Things seem to be heating up in Quebec! Justin should be able to win nomination on him name alone and win the riding on his political abilities.

1/11/2007 3:06 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

As a top blogger in Canada, it would be a pleasure to hear your take on CBC's new program Little Mosque on the Prairie!

1/11/2007 4:35 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Frappe la rue, Jean !

1/12/2007 2:42 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

What's that song called by Ray Charles?

I can't seem to get it out of my head .

1/12/2007 2:43 a.m.  
Blogger Quebec Liberal a dit...

Justin Trudeau would make an excellent candidate in Outremont. He would help the Party everywhere.

Liberals should start supporting him more vocally.

He represents a new generation.

1/12/2007 9:36 a.m.  

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