Law and Order: Criminally Shallow Intent


1668509839_1ff448f9df_bMario Dumont can complain all he wants about having been publicly savaged by Chantal Hébert at the end of last year’s election campaign. He keeps proving she was right when she said he’s nowhere near having a coherent idea how to govern the province.

Few would argue Dumont would have gotten as far as he did in the last election had Quebecers not collectively wet their panties worrying about immigration. Intellectual curiosity has never been the ADQ’s strongest asset, and the party’s newest blindfolded stab at relevance shows just how little Dumont and the gang have learned in their disastrous turn as official opposition. After getting everyone riled up about those gosh darn foreigners and their wacky religions in 2007, the ADQ now figures Quebecers should shift their focus to more pressing matters. If you thought, “it must be the economy, stupid,” you lose. The correct answer is pedophiles, drunks, and street gangs. (“What’s that you say? The chief plank in our economic platform makes no sense whatsoever? Quick, look over there! There’s a creepy-looking guy typing at a computer!”)

So, what’s the plan? More cops, of course–$50-million worth of them.

Now, no one’s going to argue crime isn’t inherently a bad thing. It’s just that Dumont’s latest gambit doesn’t appear burdened by anything resembling an actual plan, nor does it seem to rely on the slightest bit of reasoning:

-Where’s the money going to go, to the provincial police or to municipal forces? The ADQ hasn’t quite figured that out just yet. Just trust them–they’ll get it right.

-Why create a public sexual offenders registry when there’s already a private one in place? Because the ADQ’s Sylvie Roy “[knows] what the public’s position is on this,” and people want a public registry. She’s even written a report about it! (It’s not yet clear whether torches and pitchforks will be handed out along with copies of the registry.)

-What, exactly, needs to be changed in the current approach to gang violence? That’s irrelevant; “people see gangs, people are worried,” says Dumont. To be fair, Dumont has in the past proposed that mandatory school uniforms might nip this street gang problem in the bud.

-And how do we prevent all those drunks from driving when they’re wasted? Ban them from owning a car. Because they couldn’t possibly ever get their hands on one without buying it first.

The last go around, everyone decided to join the “identity” debate after figuring out Dumont was going to ride that wave as far as it would take him. But the man once seemingly pre-destined to become the province’s next premier now finds himself fighting for his party’s very survival, meaning this time, Dumont’s program will likely end up an electoral footnote. That is, so long as he doesn’t he find a way to scare Quebecers into voting him and the people riding his coattails back into office.


Law and Order: Criminally Shallow Intent

  1. Your choice of graphic for this post is in really poor taste. A picture of a male cop frisking a young girl who has dropped her teddybear? Sick.

  2. I asked my son who is 9 what was happening in that picture. “That looks like someone suffocating someone.”.. “no…he’s making her kiss the wall”…
    you can only protect your children to a point. after that point we rely on each other for what goes into the world and how we interpret it and how we respond. now, you obviously got a kick out of a representation of male force used against a young girl. listen I got a kick out of that cartoon on this blog of gordon brown stripping off. that one was fine. this one’s not.

  3. Ah, Mario….
    The real question is: where are those votes going to go?
    what kind of split? 60/40 PQ/LIB is my guess.

  4. I didn’t see anything wrong with the image. Nor did I that 9 year olds were the target audience for a political blog. Live and learn.

  5. It’s always kind of sad to see promising politicians self-destruct when they find themselves in a tight corner. Mario could have gone a long way, especially after last election’s bonus, but he’s squandered it all. Now, he’s becoming ever more populist, and this will hurt him and his party on Dec. 8. I expect the ADQ to be reduced to a tiny faction of, say, ten seats at the most.

  6. I agree with Shawn – I did not find the image offensive.

  7. Actually, the teddy bear wasn’t dropped. It’s a suspect, just like the girl.

  8. Who are you calling a censor? That was perhaps a projection?

  9. Lighten up

  10. (”What’s that you say? The chief plank in our economic platform makes no sense whatsoever? Quick, look over there! There’s a creepy-looking guy typing at a computer!”)
    2 to five in the comments…maybe it will work.

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