Justin Trudeau was pretty happy after the second French leaders debate. Then Francois Legault rained on his parade. Ian MacDonald writes:
Justin Trudeau should have been feeling pretty good on the morning after the night before, about his strong performance in the second French leaders’ debate, and confident about his prospects for the upcoming evening’s one in English.
And then François Legault went and spoiled his morning by tacitly endorsing Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole.
Legault went out of his way to warn against voting for the Liberals or the NDP, or the Greens for that matter.
"I think it’s dangerous to support those three parties,” he declared, warning voters to be wary of them as representing the centralizing forces of orthodox federalism.
For example, he said: “They think they are better than Quebec at managing the health care system.”
And writ large, he added, “the Quebec nation wants more autonomy, not less.”
“It will be easier,” he said, “for Quebec to negotiate more powers with Mr. O’Toole than Mr. Trudeau.”
Legault's partner in this election is Yves-Francois Blanchet -- a little man with a big grudge. Blanchet says that he and his party will not take part in a coalition government -- which begs the question, "What are you doing in Ottawa?" The group he leads is a bloc -- a fragment, not a national party.
Both men echo a position that is best expressed in two well-worn phrases: Quebec se faire -- Quebec knows better, and C'est le faute de federal -- it's the federal government's fault.
If M. Legault and M. Blanchet hold sway in la belle province, Justin Trudeau and his party will occupy the opposition benches.
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