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The PQ was right


 

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They say three times of anything is a trend. Here are a few choice cuts from the recent past, for your edification.

ON QUEBEC’S BUDGET…

“At a news conference, [Pauline] Marois dismissed [Jean] Charest’s assertions of fiscal responsibility and charged that his government was hiding a large budget deficit.”

New York Times, 05.11.2008

“Because of our reserve I am announcing that Quebec’s public finances will remain balanced this year and next.”

-Monique Jerome-Forget, 04.11.2008

QUEBEC PLANS DEFICIT IN SPRING BUDGET

-cbc.ca headline, 11.02.2009

ON THE CAISSE DE DEPOT MISERY

“Mr. Charest should be very transparent about what is happening at the Caisse.”

-Pauline Marois, 21.11.2008

“For us to act [in such a fashion] would be political interference in the business of the Caisse. It would be the worst thing.”

-Jean Charest reacting to Marois’ suggestion, 21.11.2008

CLEANUP AT THE CAISSE DE DEPOT?

-February 9, 2009 Radio-Canada headline on a story describing how the Charest government was set to sack two-thirds of the Caisse’s mandarins

EQUALIZATION PAYMENTS

“The facts have been hidden from us. We have been manipulated to make us believe things are going well.”

-Pauline Marois on how the new equalization payment system will mean $1 billion less for Quebec, 29.11.2008

“When all is said and done, Quebec is expected to receive another $1.5 billion in equalization, or $7 billion a year, up from $5.5 billion, an increase of about 30 per cent.”

-Federal-provincial agreement, as quoted by columnist L. Ian MacDonald, 19.01.2007

CHAREST SAYS HARPER BROKE HIS WORD ON FEDERAL TRANSFER PAYMENTS

-16.01.2009 headline in which Charest says Harper made him a liar


 
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The PQ was right

  1. Ha! Well, you gotta hand it to Charest, this is really five-dimensional thinking: first you claim that you’ve brought home the equalisation bacon, then you claim you were deceived, then you exploit the deception to pose as the champion of provincial rights. Genius.

  2. Charest is the ultimate political equivocator. He has turned BS into an art form, which is exactly what one needs to do to succeed in Quebec politics.

    • Wow, that sounds like just the ticket!

      • We’d be asking PMSH ( or random successor ) to give up the pleasure of playing whack-a-mole with less than servile premiers. Not on.

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