I was going to do a post about this campaign sign from Bloc candidate Vivian Barbot being up a day before the federal election was called, but Kate beat me to it (with the same candidate), and had a follow-up pointing out that there’s nothing illegal about this.
So instead I’ll contribute this, taken a day later:
The NDP has apparently chosen its candidate for its next most likely by-election pickup in Quebec: the downtown riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie. No, it’s not the guy in the above video (though he sounds like he’d be awesome), it’s CBC Radio Noon host Anne Lagacé Dowson:
(Note: May not be exactly as pictured)
I worked with Anne during my very brief stint at CBC Radio. Considering how incompetent I was, she seemed like a pretty nice person. The fact that she’s running for office under the NDP banner is hardly surprising (though I doubt she and Jack Layton agree on every issue)
Now the NDP seems to think that after their stunning win in Outremont, getting a broadcast journalist on board is the magic ticket to a second win in Quebec.
Even worse, her opponent is another star candidate (albeit another failed one), former astronaut Marc Garneau.
The riding, which mainly covers Westmount and western downtown (plus a bit of eastern NDG) could be hard to predict, with a mix of rich anglo Westmounters and poor hippie Concordia students. But the federal riding covering Westmount has been Liberal since 1962, and that’s a lot of history to overcome for a party that hasn’t done better than third with 15% of the vote.
UPDATE (July 7): It’s “confirmed” apparently (as if there was doubt). Lagacé Dowson is, as usual, humble:
“I am not falling on my sword in Westmount,” she told a handful of supporters. “This liberal tradition isn’t serving us very well, and we don’t like what the Conservatives are doing to us. I am not running to make a good showing; I am running to win. If Barack Obama against all odds can capture the leadership of the Democratic party in the United States, who says a woman can’t capture the hearts and minds of Westmount for the NDP?”
I’m not quite sure how this relates to Barack Obama, nor being a woman (especially since the riding’s former MP, Lucienne Robillard, has two X chromosomes last time I checked), but don’t let that interfere with the historicness.
Perhaps I’m just cynical, but as a journalist, seeing the Bloc Québécois’s new slogan “Présent pour le Québec”, my first thought goes to the inevitable opinion piece and/or photo showing Bloc MP attendance rates at meetings of the House of Commons.
How long before we hear the BQ coming up with a new slogan?