Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Good news for Harper...

Most of the French media reports so far are focusing on how Duceppe, Martin and Layton "teamed up" against Harper in the debate. See: Martin, Layton et Duceppe se liguent contre Harper lors du débat des chefs:
S'ils ont jeté les yeux sur le débat des chefs politiques retransmis au petit écran, mardi soir, les Québécois n'ont pu que constater que le chef conservateur Stephen Harper était la cible principale des trois autres adversaires qui ont, du coup, fait la démonstration qu'il est désormais un joueur sur l'échiquier politique québécois.
That was a silly strategy, of course, because the Bloc is still the one to beat in Quebec. Aiming everything at Harper just gives his party an air of legitimacy, which is really what the Conservatives have needed in Quebec.

I missed this part, but apparently Harper said: "J'ai besoin de vrais Québécois sein d'une table de cabinet." That's smart, because Quebecers in the four or so ridings that could go Conservative have an added incentive to vote Conservative -- any MP they elect will automatically end up in cabinet if the Conservatives end up in power.

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