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Council of the Holy Cow


 

Benoît Pelletier is leaving politics. If you know Benoît Pelletier, that’ll come as a surprise. If not, don’t you worry.


 
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Council of the Holy Cow

  1. I only know him from his endless whining about the evil fiscal imbalance. Saw him on CPAC once, followed by Coyne. “And now for something completely different” to say the least.

  2. Do you think he is going Federal Mr.Wells?

    And if so what party?

    He never cut up Rona from what I have read.

    PS:Wells, you have to do a Google translate on these post…

  3. I agree with JK. Wells has to do a Google translate on these posts. Because the rest of us are incapable of doing a Google translate. Lazy media elites!

  4. Come on guys, French isn’t that hard. And you’re contributing to national unity by learning it! “À la surprise générale” is, um, pretty straightforward.

  5. Mike,

    It sounds like a stuffed chicken breast recipe invented by a career military man. Am I close?

  6. I’m quite sure he’s not going federal. Three possibilities:

    1) Frustrated at his lack of progress — he had leadership ambitions, which few took seriously — he’s giving up and going back to university.
    2) Private-sector job offer.
    3) He’s gonna wait in the tall grass for Charest to falter, and then seek the Liberal leadership.

    I think Pelletier has been, on balance, an asset for the Quebec Liberals and for Canadian federalism. He provided a veneer of nationalist street cred to Charest at a time when Charest was seen as Not a Real Quebecer in some circles. The Council of the Federation, the Quebecois Nation resolution — the Liberals can argue that, on their watch, federalism became more rentable for Quebec, certainly more so than what happened after the PQ lost their referendums.

    I wonder whether it became a bit less prestigious a gig for Pelletier when his federal counterparts went from Dion to Pettigrew to Chong to Ambrose to Verner. At some point it’s got to be less exciting to get a call from Ottawa. Early on, I’d think.

  7. His title is: “Deputy House leader of the government, Minister responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs, Indians Affairs, Canadian Francophone Affairs, Democratic Institution Reform, Information Access and Outaouais region”

    That has to be a record for longest business card

  8. There is a Minster of Francophone Affairs?
    Really?

  9. The hospitals suck, the roads are a disgrace, the overpasses and ramps on the way in from Dorval scare the bejeepers out of me every time I drive on them, and there is a minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Indians Affairs, Canadian Francophone Affairs, Democratic Institution Reform, Information Access and Outaouais region? One would assume that comes with a staff and budget, quelle surprise.

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