August 2, 2008

Quebec Lieutenant AWOL

I know Westmount Ville-Marie is going to be a solid Liberal hold on September 8th. I doubt any Liberals are really losing any sleep over it.

Some of my journalism colleagues are interning for one of Westmount's local papers, and the campaign thus far hasnt been exciting.

However, Saint Lambert is by far the more important of the two Quebec by-elections. There is definitely enough federalist votes to win as the Bloc will not cross 40%. If any of the other parties can rally the federalist vote, as Yolande Thibault did in 1997 and 2000 for the Liberals (one cigarette break at a time...) then it is definitely possible to do it again.

So with one major test ahead of her, where is Celine Hervieux Payette, Quebec Liberal Senator and chief electoral organizer in Quebec?

She is on vacation, nowhere to be found.

(Insert joke about Senators on vacation here)

Jokes aside, I think it is a sad state of affairs that the Quebec Lieutenant is on vacation when her most important event of the summer has just gotten underway.

Especially with rumors of a candidate struggling under the spotlight, the Quebec Lieutenant needs to be there to reassure her candidate that she will be just fine, and help take the riding back for the Liberal Party.

Celine Hervieux Payette once said things cant get much worse for the Liberals in Quebec. I believe many Liberals thought she was trying to help them get better.

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4 Commentaires:

Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

The campaign is 8 weeks long. Aren't you being a bit melodramatic?

8/02/2008 11:54 a.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

I still think the beginning is something the lieutenant should be there for, especially given the circumstances.

People in Saint Lambert are quite worried. She has one priority for the whole summer. It isnt too much to ask.

8/02/2008 12:05 p.m.  
Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

This isn't a Liberal incumbent fighting for her life. She's trying to take a seat. Who's worried?

If I am to believe what I've read, the Senator isn't exactly loved.. so why would the local riding association be clamouring for her? Shouldn't they be taking the initiative themselves to promote the candidate while given the chance?

8/02/2008 12:12 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

being lieutenant comes with responsibilities

8/02/2008 2:21 p.m.  

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