With the Quebec election in full swing, one thing is clear: André Boisclair and his separatist Parti Québécois are in the middle of a full-scale political meltdown....Um. Right. The ADQ that's eating away at the sovereigntist vote? It's probably doing well among separatists because, well...
The abysmal performance of the PQ in the polls is nothing less than the political confirmation of a decade-old economic and cultural fact: the threat of Quebec separatism is over and gone for good.
In the 1995 Quebec referendum on the Parti Québécois government's proposals for sovereignty, Dumont campaigned for the "Yes" [to breaking the country] side...This is more than just a little odd. First of all, let's just say it's an odd kind of federalist who thinks the ADQ is a white knight. It's especially odd coming from the head of the Dominion Institute, committed to a pretty WASPy, Upper Canada Tory vision of Canada.
But all this really pales in comparison to looking at an extremely tight, 3-way race for first in Quebec and proclaiming that separatism is dead.