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  Is Quebec's latest ‘third force’ just ADQ redux?
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Last EditedMonsieur  Oct 18, 2010 01:40pm
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CategorySpeculative
AuthorLysiane Gagnon
MediaNewspaper - Toronto Globe and Mail
News DateMonday, October 18, 2010 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBoth of Quebec’s major political parties received the equivalent of a slap in the face when a group of former politicians and business people started to float the idea that the time was ripe for a new party that would regroup federalists and sovereigntists around a centre-right agenda, leaving the “national question” aside. This reflects badly on the Parti Québécois because the two most active proponents of the idea are former PQ ministers – François Legault and Joseph Facal. And this reflects equally badly on the Liberals since they’re usually the party of choice for right-leaning voters.

As vague as it is, the idea of a “third force” immediately captured Quebeckers’ attention. According to Léger Marketing, 46 per cent of those polled would support such a party and 30 per cent would vote for it. The enthusiasm is premature, to say the least, since the movement has hardly begun, but it says a great deal about the voters’ disenchantment with active politicians. It also says much about the underlying desire to stop arguing about sovereignty so elected officials could focus all their energies on solving the province’s economic problems.
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