On Sept. 4, get out and vote

Marc Lalonde
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Quebecers of all shapes, sizes, races, languages and creeds will head to the polls next Tuesday, and decide the future of the province together. How the day will play out is anyone’s guess, but one thing remains perfectly clear: there has never been a more important time to vote. Maybe you’re a member of the silent majority, eager to put the mess of the student boycott behind you. Maybe you’ve decided the incumbent government is beyond repair and due for a transition. Maybe you’ve decided the PQ’s politics of divisiveness aren’t to your liking. Maybe you feel the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s spending promises are too unwieldy and cannot be reconciled with the economic realities we currently face in this province.

On Sept. 4, we – yes, Mme. Marois, all of us Quebecers no matter the language we speak, the colour of our skin and whether or not we listen to Marie-Mai or not – will vote to decide the stewardship of the province for the foreseeable future and what a job we have ahead of us.

Questions still abound on the economy (the Parti Quebecois still haven’t revealed their spending priorities and have said they won’t, other than to commit more millions to language enforcement), last winter and spring’s student uprising (although the boycott of classes hasn’t quite had gotten the traction it might’ve had the vote been held last May, amid the identity and nationalism discussions that have dominated the campaign thus far.

The four incumbent West Island MNAs, Liberals Geoff Kelley, Yolande James, Francois Ouimet and Pierre Marsan held a press conference last week, with their initial emphasis landing on getting the vote – no matter who that vote supports  -- out.

And they’re right.

The future of the province, and possibly our country, depends on it. Yes, those sound like alarmist notions, but the reality is that a PQ government will commit to a referendum as soon as its leader thinks one is winnable, and thus, anglophones find themselves at a crossroads, faced with voting for a leader who has consistently sided with nationalism over individual rights every chance he’s gotten in Jean Charest, a former PQ minister who has painted over his separatist stripes in Francois Legault, Marois, whose rhetoric of ‘nous’ vs. ‘les autres’ has inflamed the regions and will likely help her gain power. Other fringe parties remain, such as left-wing Quebec Solidaire, a sovereignist party that embraces left-wing values and inclusiveness, the Green Party of Quebec, Option Nationale and the Union des Citoyens de Quebec (UCQ). It’s your choice, and you don’t have to vote, but as the old saying goes, ‘you get out of something what your put into it,’ and if you don’t bother to vote, don’t complain when the government does something you don’t like.

On Sept. 4, get out and vote. It’s your future. Might as well have some say in it.

Organizations: Parti Quebecois, Green Party of Quebec

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  • Glen Malfara
    August 31, 2012 - 15:04

    Many things have been brought to light about the various platforms presented by each of the party leaders during the candidates debate. None have been more divisive than the policies of the PQ! From restricting students' access to english language CEGEPs to borderline intolerance of anyone non catholic, they have managed to create an air of uneasiness in the province that once was known as a dynamic progressive society! They have managed to put a negative spin on people's ability to speak more than one language which is an asset in today's job market. Even the CAQ have jumped on the divisive band wagon. If a PQ government is formed and call a referendum, the CAQ will not support the no vote! So, what do you make from this stand? I see the CAQ the same as the PQ only a lighter version, for now! Mr. Legault advocates cutting 7000 jobs from HydroQuebec.Great, more added to the unemployment line. Don't be fooled, one way or another the taxpayer will have to anti up to support these employees. At least while being employed, they pay taxes and spend income on products that might be made in our province! Pauline, here is my challenge to you and your party and to anyone who supports your quest for an independent Quebec: in the dead of winter, surrender your Canadian passport to the federal government proclaiming that you belong to the country of Quebec, then try to board a flight to a warmer place in the sun. The Liberals may be many things, but divisive they are not! If the PQ comes to power, we are in store for tough times. Our taxes will rise and our standard of living will hit rock bottom! I doubt the rest of Canada is willing to enter into another negotiation round with the PQ government. The PQ may get what they wish for except this time the terms will be dictated by Ottawa and the rest of Canada. Glen K. Malfara 161 Kipling Ave Beaconsfield Qc H9W 2Z9 514-697-5797