This is of litle help to the people of her riding,Vancouver-Mt.Pleasant because it means they will not be represented in the house as long as that sabbatical continues.
In my view that is a sham.
It is also, in my opinion, scandalous, that the current leader of the BCNDP ( Adrian Dix) and the two leadership hopefuls ( John Horgan and Mike Farnsworth) have not come out and taken a strong stand and asked her to step aside.
In fact they haven’t said anything. How do they think the voting public will take them seriously in 2017.
Stepping aside for Kwan and taking a stance by leadership would be the right thing to do.
Somebody said to me yesterday even if she did resign and a by election were held the riding would still vote BCNDP.
My answer? So what! The people of Vancouver- Mt. Pleasant should be represented in the house like all other ridings.
As far as Kwan goes? She would be able to run for nomination in the lead up to the next election and if she wins, she’s the people’s choice.
But her actions yesterday have silenced the people of her riding, and that’s wrong.
The BCNDP Leadership and Kwan should be ashamed, no matter how you spin it!
Pauline Marois has started something with her recent shove of Pierre Karl Peledeau from the podium in a recent Q and A session during the Quebec election.
I think before this election is over Pierre will give her the “Le Shove’ back.
In recent days in Alberta, it seems the PC Party is getting ready to tell free spending leader , bully and Premier Alison Redford to “Shove Off“. In fact a second MLA has just left to sit as an independent and out of her caucus.
In another move, reminiscent of Pauline Marois looking stupid and playing the Symbols in the run up to last years Quebec election, The Premier has appointed so called superstar candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau to run for the PQ team in the curent election.
With this move I predict thankfully that Pauline will pull a BCNDP and turn certain victory into the jaws of defeat in this camapign.
Peladeau already thinks the political arena is his to own and has gone on record proving he does not understand politics and the people who he thinks are peasants who he would like to elect him.
To Wit: He thinks he is beyond the reach of the ethics boss in Quebec at a time when the average voter in Quebec and Canada for that matter want openness and transparency.
It is a political strategy that the government tries to choose an issue and define what the election is all about.
He has made the election all about sovereignty with his radio interview proclamation that if it wasn’t for the separatist cause he would not be part of the election team.
Given those numbers the Quebec voter gets the big chance now to avoid the walk down referendum boulevard and vote these people out before they waste taxpayers money on another needless vote they can’t win.
The smart money says they will.
Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard should hammer the PQ,Marois and Peladeau hard everyday until the election is over.
It’s my bet that Marois,Peladeau and crew won’t handle the pressure and the internal bickering will start resulting in the aforementioned blown election.
Peladeau play second fiddle to Marois? Not for long!
You can rest assured if the PQ gets a majority they will venture down that path simply because most of the Separatist antagonists are old enough that this will be their last kick at the Canadian cat! ( I know it’s a beaver ).
The latest poll shows Marois and crew up some 22% where it matters in the French Hinterland.
The only good thing about this poll is that it’s a poll and lately the pollsters have been wrong more than they have been right.
What will it take to get the Liberals back in the game?
Firstly, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard will have to grow a set of balls and dispense with the wishy washiness hes displayed when the PQ introduced the secular charter.
That in itself is a major reason why the polls are so high in Marois favor.
Secondly the old separatist guard, many who came out against the secular charter ( which is expected to be the centerpiece of Marois election plan) will have to come out of the closet and re state their position on it.
I am sure people like Jacques Parizeau will and that will cause Marois problems.
It’s ironic when you think about it that if you are hoping that the PQ loses and that Canada stays together, Parizeau, after all his seperatist bluster, might inadvertently turn out to be your hero :)!
Lastly, there is enough potential for sordid detals to come out of the Quebec Curruption hearings that may cause Quebecers to show enough disgust for the two regular parties and vote CDQ in protest.
Should the house be dissolved today, what do you think will happen? PQ majority? Another minority?