Premier Pauline Marois has just recently made headlines for yet another absurd statement. The Premier of Quebec believes that there is potential for fraud during the upcoming elections and that people from outside the province may want to steal votes in order to ensure that the Parti Québecois does not get the majority it has been dreaming of since they came into office. With these bogus statements and her earlier proposition of the Charte des Valeurs Québecoises, Marois has been hoping to gain enough momentum for her party to take over the government and call for a referendum when “the Québecois are ready for one”, as she repeated incessantly during the debate last week. Marois has been covering kilometers on her campaign trail, shaking hands and demanding that the Québecois defend their right to their pays and vote for her. But there’s one thing that the Premier of Quebec did that she hadn’t anticipated nor would have been ready for in her years of campaigning and leading Québec.
She’s calling the bluff because of the higher than usual rate of Anglophones that are registering to practice their constitutional right to voice their opinions on which political party would be best suited to run the province. Recent polls have shown that a decent amount of percentage of people no longer think Marois is suited for the job. The PQ star child is slowly beginning to fade as people, particularly immigrants who are very concerned with their future in the province, are putting in every effort to get out and vote in the upcoming elections. And while Marois can continue to contemplate conspiracy theories about hoards of busses filled with students coming in the dead of the night from the Rest of Canada to register to vote and steal her election, we’ll just settle with the fact that it’s Québecois people going about their rights as domiciled residents. The PQ leader did not anticipate the response that has occurred following her call for elections. While she hoped to dig her nails deeper into Quebec’s government, les Québecois have come together and decided to protect their rights and their home from further deterioration.
In one fail swoop of her charter proposing, referendum demanding, separatist encouraging hand, Pauline Marois brought together most immigrant communities and caused a massive amount of movements within these communities calling for their members to go out and vote on April 7th and for the denouncing of her Charte des Valeurs Québecoises. Communities that once would not be in contact came together for press conferences and protests, joining together to defend the rights of each other to practice their religion in peace and not feel alienated in their own home. The phenomenon has yet to lose steam as more and more people are making sure that they are registered to vote and Marois begins to shiver at the thought that power is slowly slipping through her fingers. Through her divide and conquer tactics, she has managed to unite 50% of the population of Quebec, the percentage that represents the immigrant community within the province, and spark an interest in local politics, and help them realize the importance of voting.
The fact that the response from minority groups has been enough to ruffle her feathers says a lot about the unity that is taking place between these groups. When Marois first came out with her charter, she pressed on the importance of having a neutral service that wouldn’t make people uncomfortable when they came into government offices. It seems, however, that with every statement Madame Marois makes, more people register. Days after the debate aired was when Marois decided Canadians were trying to take over the province and steal her chances at a majority government.
The good news is that Premier Marois has nothing to fear from those dwelling across the border; Canadians have their own problems to deal with and have very little interest in stealing your provincial election. They are not trying to rig the elections, nor are they trying to steal her win. However, Marois should turn her concerns to the people who she has been hoping to oppress and treat as second class citizens; the immigrant communities are the ones that are coming out hoping to give the win to someone who deserves it.
As campaign trails are rounding up for each party and she scurries to control the election in every way possible, leaders of various communities are calling out to the members of their congregations to go out and vote, and to choose wisely. And that may come as bad news to Premier Pauline Marois.
The Prince Arthur Herald
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