After waxing poetic earlier in the week about all the talent in the BC Liberal back bench,Premier Christy Clark slapped all but two of them in the face when she played the shell game with 13 recycled and former cabinet ministers.She only added 2 MLAs who were not previously in cabinet.
So the results are in and the PQ under Pauline Marois has won. ( Currently PQ-56 LIB-48 CAV-19 QS-2
Sure they have replaced Jean Charest and his government but only by the slimmest of margins ( Charest himself lost his seat)
Marois becomes the first female Premier of Quebec.
However the numbers of tonight are no resounding endorsement of the PQ, nor are they a mandate for a referendum.
That idea is pretty much dead.
With the CAQ winning 18 seats and pledging not to discuss referendums or federalism for 10 years coupled with the Liberal Party snapping at her heels, Marois’s wings have been clipped.
Tonight’s result is simply a statement by the people of Quebec that it’s time for a change.
With the two opposition parties in a position to topple the new government, Marois will have to stay in line.
I think the CAQ are the big winners and actually hold the balance of power with their 18-20 seats depending upon final numbers.
They have the most to gain from any Marois shenanigans if the folks in Quebec choose to dial-up real change the next time. They will have to be at the top of their game to look like a government in waiting.
By my count ( I have history watching over me) the PQ government should last about 2.5 years giving the Liberal Party a short time to find a new leader. Given Charest’s loss of his seat and the hunt for his replacement, I would expect no BS from them either. ( This is a tough assignment for the Liberals given that there seems to be no heir apparent waiting in the wings.
Unless..is this where the savior Trudeau will step up to the plate?
Rumors are that he will run federally but will this give him cause for thought and a graceful way to bow out of federal politics?
What do you think of the results out of Quebec tonight?