This morning in Quebec city a fourth member of the PQ resigned from the party.  This in addition to the three heavyweights yesterday – Louise Beaudoin, Pierre Curzi and Lisette Lapointe, the wife of Jacques Parizeau.  And this in addition to the dreadful defeat sustained in the federal election by the Bloc Quebecois, which dropped from 47 to four seats.

A top PQ strategist, Jean-Francois Lisee, wrote on his blog that these resignation show that « the future of the PQ is behind it. »  He added that the resignations would reduce the PQ’s chances of winning either the next election or a sovereignty referendum.

Ostensibly the resignations are over leader Pauline Marois’s orders that all PQ members must vote to support a bill which prohibits aany citizen from suing over the questionable deal to build a hockey arena in Quebec City.  Actually they are about Marois’ leadership which many PQ members charge is autocratic.  The question now is whether her leadership is fatally compromised.

So where does the PQ  go from here?  Is the party starting to unravel?

Are the separatists finished?

What do you think?


  1. 1
    Isobel Says:

    This is probably just a blip in their fortunes. With the right leader, with both luck and charisma, another surge in support for separatism could still be a possibility.

  2. 2
    Barbara Says:

    I wouldn’t hold my breath, Neil.

  3. 3
    jim Says:

    No they are not finished. Beware of Amir Khadir Member for Mercier. This rabble rouser thinks he is still in Iran.

  4. 4
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Well, perhaps I could make a distinction. There is a possibility the PQ could return to power. There is no possibility whatever that they will be able to separate Quebec from Canada.

  5. « No possibility », I will notbet my pension on that.

  6. 6
    Neil McKenty Says:


    It would be interesting to know why you believe the separatists may succeed with their project.

  7. 7
    littlepatti Says:

    Eventually the old guard will go to the great, separated, colony below.
    I have been « ever hopeful » living in Quebec, that a light bulb would come on and everyone would work towards a better society, not a separate society.
    OOPS! That’s just my « anglo » showing.

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