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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 1:25 pm    Post subject: Pierre Karl Peladeau resigns as Parti Quebecois leader Reply with quote

( a surprise out of quebec , Peladeau is leaving as PQ leader and quitting as an MNA too . )

Pierre Karl Péladeau quits as Parti Québécois leader

Quebecor media baron took over as leader of the separatist party last May

CBC News Posted: May 02, 2016 1:30 PM ET| Last Updated: May 02, 2016 2:13 PM ET

Pierre Karl Péladeau resigned on Monday as leader of the Parti Québécois.




Pierre Karl Péladeau has announced he is resigning as head of the Parti Quebecois, less than a year after being elected leader of the sovereignist party.

Holding back tears, Péladeau told a news conference in Montreal on Monday he made the decision for family reasons.

"I had to make a choice between my family and our political project," he said in a brief speech.

"I chose my family."
■ONE YEAR AGO: Pierre Karl Péladeau elected leader of Parti Québécois

Péladeau said he will also step down as the PQ MNA for Saint-Jérôme. He met with his caucus to inform them of his decision ahead of the announcement.

Despite a series of recent setbacks for the ruling Quebec Liberals, Péladeau's PQ had failed to gain traction in the polls.

The Quebecor media baron entered politics as a star candidate for the PQ in 2014, famously declaring he would "make Quebec a country."

It has been a tumultuous time for Péladeau, who took over as leader of the separatist party in May 2015.

Last week, Péladeau announced his chief of staff, Pierre Duchesne, would be relieved of his duties. He was demoted to an adviser role.

A week earlier, Péladeau called on sovereigntist forces, including rival Québec solidaire, to come together ahead of the next election.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.3562533
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Separatism is yesterday’s battle


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First posted: Monday, May 02, 2016 06:25 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, May 02, 2016 06:40 PM EDT



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Parti Quebecois leader Pierre-Karl Peladeau announces his resignation at a news conference, Monday, May 2, 2016 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz




Separatism, for those keeping score, appears headed for the history books in Quebec. And that’s a good thing for everyone in Canada – Francophone, Anglophone and everybody else.

A Canadian Press story explained the recent saga in Quebec separatism thusly: “Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau announced his immediate departure from politics on Monday, less than a year after he was hailed by many as the saviour of the sovereigntist movement.”

PKP – as the former owner of this newspaper chain is affectionately known as – cited family reasons as the cause of his stepping down and we have nothing but best wishes for him and his family.

But the notion that Quebecers wanted to revive separatism proved largely wishful thinking by those who clung to the idea, despite PKP’s enthusiasm and efforts as a popular champion of the cause.

Those efforts did indeed spur interest, and a poll from last May showed sovereignty support rising 10 points to 42%.

However, from our perspective, separation was and remains largely an empty threat. Swing voters get cold feet in the ballot box and most Quebecers remain unconvinced that life outside of Canada would be better than life within this nation.

Let’s not forget that the more the PQ talked about sovereignty, the more their star fell in the 2014 provincial election. They dropped from 54 seats – a majority – to 30 seats.

Quebec has changed, notably its demographics. Sovereignty is yesterday’s battle. For young people today, the name Rene Levesque – founder of the PQ – is more a street in Montreal or an option in a multiple choice history test than a symbol for a vibrant movement with a future.

Businesses crave stability. Families need stability. So does the economy – which Quebecers understand.

We still have quibbles with the leading politicians of la belle province – too much support for Bombardier hand-outs, too little support for pipelines – but ultimately they too understand the key issue for their voters is the economy.

With separatism increasingly in the rear view mirror, the future for all Canadians, including Quebecers, contains both collective challenges and tremendous opportunity.

We are, and always have been, stronger together than we ever would have been apart.

http://www.torontosun.com/2016.....ays-battle
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

whats interesting when you look across the country the PQ are not alone in there search for a leader , several other parties who were once in power during 90's and 2000's with large majorities are now stuck in opposition and leaderless . most notably
alberta pc's , Saskatchewan ndp , Manitoba ndp , new Brunswick pc's and newfoundland pc's .
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PKP was the last best hope for the PQ to rebuild itself this generation.
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