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‘The country must now demand more coherence from the NDP and its future leader’


Stephane Dion chastises the NDP’s approach to Quebec.

Just like the Bloc, the NDP would have Quebec’s Bill 101 apply to federal institutions, with no second thought about the negative impacts such a move would have on official language minorities across the country.

Just like the Bloc, the NDP would have Quebec’s representation in the House of Commons frozen at its present percentage. But at the same time, the NDP says it wants to correct the under-representation of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia while maintaining the representation level of the other provinces. Should Quebec’s representation go up in percentage without other provinces going down, the total would go over 100% — an arithmetical impossibility. Only in sports can one “give 110%.” No wonder the NDP refuses to release its numbers. That’s what happens when you try to please everyone without being honest about the consequences.

Just like the Bloc, the NDP argues that a majority of 50%-plus-one is the only valid rule in a democracy. Yet even the NDP requires a two-thirds majority to amend its own constitution.


‘The country must now demand more coherence from the NDP and its future leader’

  1. How about some coherence from Dion instead – the guy did try to usurp Government and form coalition with separatists. When Dion provides explanation for why he thought government with him as PM, and separatists propping him up, was a clever idea people might care what he thinks now. 

    Also, I am making aioli for first time tonight. Anyone have tips so I don’t make wretched sauce?

    • Dion had agreed to step down and nowhere in the coalition doc were there the kind of concessions the ndp seem prepared to make. Do try and not mix apples ‘n oranges.

      Go for puttanesca with feta and parsley, much more interesting.

      • whore’s pasta? Can’t tell if you are being snarky or not but I will assume not.

        I need to make aioli for potatoes with dinner tonight – it is request – but tomato sauce recommendation is also useful.

        I just did quick recipe search for puttanesca and I wonder about capers – are capers different than olives?  Years ago, my partner drank too many martinis, puked and hasn’t drink gin or eat olives since.

        • Can’t help with aioli but yes capers are different then olives. Olives at least are a must for P, and of course anchovies.

    • I think you are mistaken.  He tried to form a coalition with the NDP.

      As to being propped up, we now have a government that was propped up by the Bloc and voters found no issue with that in the following election.

  2. Ha! Good for Dion, delivering in cricket parlance a sneaky underarm ball or two; and in the middle of someone else’s match to boot.

    This I find most objectionable in this race, unlike say the liberal leader’s race there are no hard policy questions or cross examining of candidates views. It’s remarkable the degree to which the media has passed on these questions considering the central import of Quebec in the future of the NDP.Have they forgotten it’s also important to the rest of us too?

  3. Dion has hit at a potential Achilles heel of the NDP, i.e., that the NDP are trying to square the same circle that Brian Mulroney tried to square:  pandering to Quebec, while trying to hold on to your Western base.  Didn’t work for Mulroney, and it may well blow up in the NDP’s face as well.

    • Certainly Mulroney was the biggest failure on the file, but this is a problem all national parties must face. 

      • I agree to some extent, but the problem is a lot more stark and severe in the NDP’s case right now, because of that massive chunk of new Quebec MPs.  There’s no other party with a huge block of new MPs from a single province like that.

        The similarity to Mulroney’s situation is that, prior to 1984, the Tories didn’t have a ton of Quebec MPs.  Then, all of a sudden, they did, and it greatly changed the dynamic of the caucus (a bunch of Ontario and Western MPs who had always been there and had always been true blue Tories, jammed together with a bunch of parvenu Quebec MPs whose allegiance to the PC party wasn’t exactly crazy glue tight, as subsequent events showed).