PQ’s PKP Conundrum (or, what’s a left-wing party to do?)

dilemma_citizenSo, here we are with the possible heir-apparent, M. Pierre Karl Peladeau (PKP), recently announcing his intentions to lead the Parti Quebecois (PQ) to their next election victory in less than four years. No need to fret fellow Quebeckers…we have a new ‘savior’ in the house!

Many know that I respect democracy. They also know that I believe that in a democracy where we have the right (and obligation) to apply our freedom to question governments and their policy positions. This is something that I not only embrace but fully encourage others do.

PQ That said, PKP’s aspiration to become leader of the PQ is something that confuses me. Any ‘student’ of politics understands the three basic political stances…left, right, and center. The PQ is a party the entrenches itself in the ‘left’. It believes supporting those who cannot support themselves and are idealist believing in equality for society, not-with-standing their sovereignty option. Left-wing parties, like the PQ, believe using taxation to redistribute opportunity and wealth.

“We have the right to challenge and question governments and their policies.”

Questions_ImagePKP is what left-wing proponents refer to as a capitalist. PKP (and typically, those in business) are about reduced taxation and believe in economic freedom. Someone like PKP typically believes that business shouldn’t be regulated and that we should all be self-sufficient. Right wing voters typically believe that they shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s societal/economic needs.

Here’s the dilemma…PKP is fundamentally a right-wing capitalist. The PQ (according to their charter) is social-democratic with strong ties to labour, not-with-standing their position on independence. From my amateur perspective this appears to be a potential doomed marriage.

“…the PQ are so desperate to win back power they don’t  recognize the confusion and alienation they’re causing voters”

What is worse is that the PQ ‘brain-trust’ are so desperate to win back power they don’t even recognize the confusion and alienation they are causing among their voter base and the Quebec public in general. Politics 101 states that you define and commit to your position.

So you say, “PKP supports making Quebec an independent nation”. Although I don’t agree with his position, I respect the commitment to his core beliefs. From my perspective, however, just because PKP is a committed ‘independentist’ is insufficient for voters to support the PQ. This is not the only factor intelligent voters evaluate when deciding whom to elect. Yes, it is a significant one but for Quebec to be successful, voters, especially the average PQ voter, must first address its serious fiscal situation at hand.

Independence will solve all of Quebec’s economic woes and we will live happily in a new found nirvana

According to PKP, independence will solve all of Quebec’s economic woes and we will live happily in a new found nirvana where Canada-based problems will no longer affect us. Voters are smart enough to recognize that this is political rhetoric. But it is insulting for PKP to attempt to convince us of this and believing that the general public will buy-in to this this utter nonsense. The last thing on their mind is independence leading to uncertainty!

Lost and Confused SignpostIf the PQ is so desperate to latch on to power with a leader that is completely opposite to their social-democratic beliefs it proves one thing…they do not want to govern responsibly but exist only to break-up Canada and establish an independent Quebec…at any cost.

What are the choices for the PQ voter? How will they vote? And if the PQ elect PKP as their leader how will this impact the party’s political platform? Let’s list the possible voter quandaries. Here are some pressing questions for ‘intelligent’ PQ voters:

  • For a left-of-center voter, do you vote for the PQ because they support social democracy?
  • If you are a traditional union worker, do you vote for a party with a leader that is a ‘union buster’?
  • For a traditional PQ voter, do you vote for them because their primary mandate is independence?

This is a confusing time for the PQ. The next few months is a tipping point for a party that is losing its identity and struggling to remain relevant in a rapidly evolving demographic and economic environment.

“the PQ will publicly rip themselves apart under what their brain trust will refer to as ‘democratic discussions’

We will enjoy a few months witnessing the PQ publicly rip themselves apart under the guise of what their brain trust will refer to as ‘democratic discussions’. Furthermore, while the PQ sell out their ideologies to gain a shiny ‘brand recognized’ leader they will further divide their voter base.

Typically, voter divide usually occurs when other parties with similar philosophies compete for the same voting demographic. The PQ will succeed doing this all by themselves confusing the traditional PQ voter of their political position and alienate average-Jacques/Marie voter.

“the PQ caused irreversible decline for this once great province and the once mighty Montreal region economic powerhouse”

The good news is that we may be seeing the beginning of the end for the 50+ years run of the PQ. The bad news is that fifty years of the PQ caused irreversible decline for this once great province and the once mighty Montreal region economic powerhouse (don’t believe me? Simply look down the 401).

Even in the best case scenario where the PQ no longer exists there will continue to be people like PKP who will chant the independence rhetoric further driving our province’s economic and cultural decline. If we continue this nonsense then Montreal is on its way to becoming the next Detroit of North America…and those that say I am being alarmist are simply in deep denial and not wanting to make change or to accept reality!

What do you think? Do share the same opinion? Please share your thoughts to this post in a respectful manner.

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