The voting is done and the counting is over and the thing that is most evident is that the Quebec electorate sent several messages yesterday.
From the voters of Quebec to:
The Parti Québécois– it is time for a change and, as you are the only viable option at this point in time (see message to Coalition Avenir Québec below) we elected you. But as you know we did so with a very small minority just in case you get out of hand with language and sovereignty issues.
Pauline Marois – congratulations on being elected Quebec’s first woman Premier. At no time during the campaign did we doubt that a woman could hold down the province’s top post. However, as is the case with your party we want to keep you on a tight lead because we’re not all that keen on your goal of sovereignty.
The Liberal Party of Quebec – here’s a slap on the wrist. Clean up your act, get a new leader, deal with the corruption issues, lose the attitude and we’ll vote you in again. We kept you around and in a strong opposition position; we didn’t banish you to oblivion as some had feared.
Jean Charest – after more than thirty years in politics you are yesterday’s man. Take some time off and go into private life.
François Legault and the Coalition Avenir Québec – hold on there!! You may be disappointed in your result, but you must keep in mind you’re new. You’ve got to pay your dues. Let’s see what happens in the next election.
One final thought, with municipalities and provinces contracting out work that used to be done by employees, maybe the new PQ government should consider contracting out the President’s (Speaker) position. I think Monty Hall would be an excellent candidate; he’s Canadian and he hosted “Let’s Make a Deal” for many years. The MNAs need not wear costumes to vie for question opportunities, then again…