Prickly Curmudgeon Smiter
- Jun 28, 2010
The prime minister and Quebec premier appear to be getting along — bad news for the Conservatives and Bloc
On Mar. 15, Trudeau was in Montreal with Legault to announce an investment in an electric vehicle manufacturer based in Saint-Jérôme, north of the city. A week later, the two men were in Trois-Rivières to announce funding for high-speed internet access in Quebec. The federal government's portion of the cost will help Legault fulfil a campaign promise he made in 2018.
That second announcement took place in a riding Trudeau's Liberals came just 2.4 points short of winning in the 2019 election — and where the incumbent Bloc MP has announced she will not be running again.
In Quebec, where concerns about climate change poll higher than in any other part of the country, the perception that the Conservatives are not taking the environment seriously will not do the party any favours.
Neither will the party's decision to change the rules for its leadership contests. A subtle shift in how votes will be counted in future leadership campaigns willhave the effect of diminishing Quebec's influence the next time the party chooses a leader.
What a Legault-Trudeau detente might mean for the Liberals in Quebec | CBC News