Less nationalist, more conservative = ADQ success

The provincial elections in Quebec has thrown up interesting results. The Liberals have clung on as a minority government but the real news story is the Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) outstripping the Parti Québécois (PQ) and becoming the official opposition. The ADQ is less virulently nationalist than PQ, prefering more autonomy rather than sovereignty. Furthermore it is fiscally conservative while the Labour backed PQ are centre-left. This the worst result for PQ since 1970 and the success of the Conservatives in the 2006 federal elections in Quebec suggest it is not an odd result.

  • Dec

    According to the link you provided on ADQ, the party rejects blind loyalty towards Canada and recognizes the necessity to achieve complete sovereignty from Canada, without making the constitutional debate a priority, which doesn’t exactly tally with your view it prefers autonomy to sovereignty.

  • Sean

    Well Fair Deal as a Canadian my first ppoint would be that the success of the Conservatives in the last feral election was largely due to an anti Paul Martin vote as opposed to a pro Harper vote.

    As for the ADQ they have a fantasy about remaining a part of Canada with out actually being part of Canada. They want sovereinty over everything that is currently in federal governments pervue in the long run they might prove more destructive than the PQ qho make no bones about wanting a seperate country

  • I bad result for PQ. However, with the ADQ attempting to be all things to all men but probably ending up delivering very little, I can’t see this setting a long-term pattern. I would see this as a protest vote of sorts and hopefully nothing more than a mere blip.

  • fair_deal


    My comment on autonomy v sovereignty is based on the parties support of the Allaire report which advocated greater powers rather than full sovereignty.

  • i think that the analysis here is pretty dead on as usual, for the most part. However, Though Mario Dumont and the ADQ are conservative in comparison with the other parties there, however, i think that the DUP, Conservatives wouldnt find themselves in agreement whuh many of the proposals in terms of economics, though they’d like it ore than the liberals and péquistes. It should be noted that Québec is a complexe place. They haven’t elected a conservative government in over fourty years, and yet have not elected a single liberal mp to the canadian parliament in more than ten, only seperatisps and conservatives.

  • Tom

    Quebec most certainly has elected Liberal MPs to the Canadian parliament in the last ten years, including the previous two prime ministers.

  • FraserValley

    There are currently thirteen seats held by the Liberals in Quebec, ten by the Conservatives and I believe, fifty-two by the Bloc Quebecois. Separation from Canada was only ever once on the radar once when the federals dropped the ball but the referendum failed by a slim majority. French Quebecers have traditionally held the Prime Ministers post every second time around. The current head of the Liberal Party and PM in waiting (I hope) is Stephan Dion, a Quebecer.

  • dodrade

    Quebec should be studied by hyperbolic journalists who look at the scottish opinion polls and think the end of the union is nigh. The SNP will get into power in Scotland at some stage, maybe this time round, maybe not. They may even manage to stage a referendum, but if the PQ, who have won 4 elections, been in power for 18 years(1976-1985,1994-2003)and held two referenda, could not persuade the people of Quebec, who are much more distinct from anglophone canadians than the scots are from the english, to support independence, I very much doubt alex salmond could do it in Scotland.

  • Sean


    they are much more distinct than us but they are not much more distinct than our wallets which is the real reason they stay

    They are very analagous to Northern Ireland as they are a have not povince as well

  • Ctron

    Stephan Dion will be the first Liberal leader not to be PM. He is a very poor performer

  • dr mueller

    the predictable success enjoyed by the ADQ at the polls owed less to the proverbial protest vote than to the alarming wave of reactionary sentiment engulfing the province in the wake of several high-profile immigration/cultural divide issues deliberately blown out of proportion by the hysterical “crime & passion” pish sheets that pass for daily media here. This has also been fueled along by the catholic church, its all-encompassing power having gradually been eroded over the past decades, in favor of the establishment of most social tenets associated with a strict separation of Church and State. The goal is to stoke dormant cultural nationalist passions in the hope of reigniting a historical debate that has proved unsettled in rural parts of the province-the ADQ did best there, as well as in exclusively-white Quebec City and the culturally-homogeneous south shore of Montreal.

    Also, the party’s most prominent candidate, and its de facto opposition finance critic, was for years the head of local corporate bosses’lobby “conseil du patronat”, which speaks volumes about the way our collective culture is being steered by a substantial segment of the population. Long-established social standards which for ages set Quebec apart from the rest of its immediate neighbors, are increasingly targeted as being outdated as mainstream opinion makers who’ve had that agenda for years are growing in confidence and doing a lot of damage, especially on the youth. The PQ, depressed and disorganized, are also to blame as regressions to the “acquis sociaux” were initiated under their own tutelage some years ago. Cries of “you cost us the election” aimed at the tiny Quebec Solidaire echo those vented by Democrats towards Ralph Nader and co. in 2000, in both cases the major parties only had themselves to blame since their own policies were ultimately responsible for any defections.

    In the end, things aren’t looking good and essential Quebec staples such as rent control, exclusive public management of healthcare and progressive labor laws are all under pressure from various incarnations of public representation, media and lobby/corporate groups. As I said to a friend on election night: if I wanted to live in Nevada, I’d move and skip the 6 month winters, and enjoy the same abysmal civic environment.

  • Federal Election Coming

    Rumour in the Ontario Liberals that Harper’s going to call a Federal election this summer to coincide with the Ontario Provincial election. The Liberals have only one election machine in Ontario for both Federal and Provincial that Harper hopes to capitalise on.