Thursday, November 17, 2005

Il est né le divin enfant?

So far, I have been unenlightened by the English-language blogosphere's analysis of André Boisclair’s unsurprising victory in the PQ leadership race, most of which can be summarized as: "Ha, ha! Parti Cokeheadois!"
So I thought I’d cruise –- "Ha, ha! Parti Gaybecois!" -- through the French-language blogosphere to find out what the dorky French kids think of Boisclair.

-- Le Coin de L’Homme Fort expresses an elation like you’ll find on numerous other pro-Boisclair blogs. Quebec has a rendez-vous with destiny! he says, admitting to crying (for joy!) when he found out A.B. won.

-- This ‘The Charest Banger’ blogger makes an excellent point about how Boisclair’s path to the leadership of the PQ is eerily similar to how a certain Charest ended up at the helm of the PLQ: "He’s young! He’s not part of the old guard! Return the prodigal son from Ottawa/Harvard to save us all!"
I got all of his post except for: "On voulait du sang neuf, au risque d'élire une bombe à retardement sur deux pattes." Am I correct in translating this as, "We wanted new blood, even at the risk of electing a two-legged retard bomb"? I hope so.

-- Non merci, pas de Boisclair dans mon cours!, a PQ blogger who Google bombed Boisclair’s blog with the phrase "dangereux fumiste" throughout the campaign, making the candidate change the URL of his blog three times, has announced that he will not give up attacking his muse.
"Yay!" you may think, citing the decision in Enemy v. Enemy = Friend. But no, this dude’s one of these old school nationalists and he dislikes Boisclair because he's such a -- wait for the paradox! -- Trudeauvian separatist:

Personnellement, je ne digérerai jamais que, lors de l'un des sept ou huit débats formatés, [Boisclair] ait traité de « partisans du droit du sang », aussi bien dire de racistes, les opposants au nationalisme purement civique dont il se réclame. Là, on a bien vu ce qui dépassait : le jupon trudeauiste de celui qui a fait du porte-à-porte pour le NON en 1980. Mais ça ne m'a pas surpris du tout. Sa mentalité trudeauiste, on la connaissait déjà depuis longtemps. Il est de ceux qui rejettent non seulement la langue et la culture comme fondements de la nation, mais même l'histoire. Même l'histoire ! Or, si ce n'est pas l'histoire quatre fois séculaire de notre peuple qui fait du Québec une nation ayant droit à l'indépendance, alors quoi ?
And it’s because of folks like that that I’m kind of glad to see Boisclair win, even though I think he might very well have a better chance of achieving independence than Marois. It shows a lot about how the membership of the PQ has changed and become more open – and I don’t mean about drugs and sexuality. What amazes me is that the PQ elected as leader a fellow who left Quebec to spend some time at Harvard and who was considering taking a job at McKinsey & Company in Toronto. (Or, as the Péquistes used to call it, Torooooontoooo, the capital of On-scary-o.)
I appreciated that Boisclair took the time to say a few words in English in his acceptance speech and to emphasize that the Anglophones are "full members of the family as any other group of citizens in Quebec." He and BQ leader Gilles Duceppe –- who sometimes seems to say that he likes Canada more often than any of the other federal party leaders –- are decent fellows, the kind of opponents you almost look forward to having a reasonable debate with. (Almost.)

[In other two solitudinal news, why do most Québecois bloggers host their sites on crappy, ugly MSN Spaces?]

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