Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Perogy Outrage in Quebec

You would think out of all Canadians who would be the most outraged over the perogy issue it would be Quebecers. They out of all Canadians are the least endearing to PM Harper and the Conservatives. You would think with all the media and the opposition crying that this is the worst thing that has ever happened in our country it would be resonating in La' Belle' Province.

You can tell the rate of outrage for instance, the rallies held on the weekend, in Montreal according to Hubert Bauch from the Montreal Gazette, a measely 3oo outraged Quebecers showed up.

"MONTREAL – A noontime rally to protest the recent prorogation of Parliament drew a vocal but peaceful crowd of about 300 Saturday.

The protesters chanted slogans denouncing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s move just before New Year’s to shut down Parliament until the beginning of March as they marched from Émilie Gamelin Park to Phillips Square where they gathered before the statue of King Edward VII to cheer protest organizers and opposition politicians in attendance who decried the prorogation as undemocratic.

The demonstration was one of some 60 such events scheduled across the country and was motivated by an Internet campaign that has attracted more than 200,000 supporters."

Further proof it was a yawner for Quebecers from Norman Spector, a new CROP poll.

"If you want to understand why the Bloc has been lukewarm to Mr. Ignatieff’s proposal in regard to the power to prorogue—and why Prime Minister Harper doesn’t appear to be having any anxiety attacks either, a new poll conducted from January 14 to 24 by CROP --one of the province’s leading pollsters—would be a good place to start.

Satisfaction with the Conservative government since the last poll in October has declined by one point, from 37% to 36%...the dissatisfied have increased by 1%, from 58 to 59%....notwithstanding the Liberal campaign against prorogation….

On the ballot question, the news is no better for the Liberals—the Ignatieff effect has worn off… the Liberals are at 24%...which is what they obtained under Stéphane Dion in the last election…the Conservatives are 21%, which is where they have stood since September 2009.

Michael Ignatieff is seen as the best PM by 20% of Quebeckers, the same as in October. His slide began in April 2009, when he was seen as best PM by 45% of Quebeckers. Stephen Harper is also treading water at around 24%, which is where he was in September 2009. Jack Layton is at 28%.

On the ballot question, the Bloc is down 3 points to 34%, which is where it stood last September and 4 points less than its result in the 2008 election. The NDP is up 5 points, from 12% to 17%

Among francophones, the Bloc is at 40%, the Conservatives at 20% and the Liberals are at 19%. The regional break-down is important: the Conservatives are at 15% in Montréal but at 33% in the Québec region, where they won their seats in the last election and where the Bloc now stands at 24% and the Liberals are at 22%.

In Montréal, the Bloc and the Grits are neck-and-neck—32 to 30%. In the rest of Québec, the Bloc is at 39%, the Conservatives are at 25% and the Liberals are at 16%'"



  1. Just as telling, the numbers have not moved even with Charest showboating in Copenhagen and demanding a seat at Monday's Haiti meeting.

    Seems mostly it was Ontarians ( or at least universities and Lib/Dipper ridings in Ontario) got sucked into the media driven prorogygate.

  2. You're right, wilson. I think numbers are starting to firming up for the CPC in Quebec. They don't seem to be as volatile anymore (for the CPC that is) Maybe there's a chance for some growth there yet.


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