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?