Nycole Turmel disappoints Stephen Harper

The Prime Minister says he is profoundly saddened by Nycole Turmel’s associations with sovereignists.

“I think it’s very disappointing,” Harper said when asked about Turmel by reporters while handing out scholarships at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. “I don’t know that I have a lot to say but I do think Canadians will find this disappointing. I think Canadians expect that any political party that wants to govern the country be unequivocally committed to this country. I think that’s the minimum Canadians expect.”

Mr. Harper’s own historical attitude toward Quebec politics might be said to be somewhat complicated. The NDP says, for instance, that there are two ministers in Mr. Harper’s cabinet who were previously associated with sovereignists. There is, as well, whatever he and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe discussed in 2004 and what he and Tom Flanagan wrote in 1997 about the role Quebec nationalists might play in bringing a conservative government back to power.




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Nycole Turmel disappoints Stephen Harper

  1. Surely, Mr Harper says this today because he learned from experience how deeply disappointed Canadians felt when his office was hiring the likes of Pierre Brien and Daniel Paillé…

    What was Duceppe’s old line? “They all want to sleep with us, but none of them wants to marry us…”

  2. “I think Canadians expect that any political party that wants to govern the country be unequivocally committed to this country. I think that’s the minimum Canadians expect.”

    Really?  How about when Harper said…..?

    “Whether Canada ends up as o­ne national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion”

  3. The Prime Minister’s remarks are valid and true and stand as a true defense of Canada against the likes of Ms. Turmel, and those who would build a, um, firewall around Quebec. 

  4. Who knows, maybe Bob Rae is still a member of the provincial NDP! But at least both parties would share the same views as to the unity of Canada.

    What disappoints me most is not that Ms. Turmel might be ambivalent about Canada as having one national government but that so many Canadians are content to elect persons who can’t articulate cohesive positions on this issue.  Canadians, idem Quebeckers, who have been asked to vote on this in the past had no choice but to give a firm yes, or no.  Why do we expect so little from our political leaders?  Of course I am not pointing the finger exclusively at Ms. Turmel here.

  5. I think Wherry made a mistake here.  It’s Thomas Mulcair who is profoundly saddened by the whole thing.  

    The PM was merely disappointed, though I’m sure his disappointment was mitigated by his delight at facing such a weak, bumbling opposition.

  6. Add now-Tory Denis Lebel & Maxime Bernier to the list of former-BQ members. I think the PM should prorogue Parliament again over this issue. That is, after he comes back from his lengthy summer vacation which included a paid-for mini-vacation in South America. What a hypocrite. You and your band of dim-witted robots don’t meet our minimum expectations, Mr. Harper!

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