PQ to keep power for next Four years under new bill

Posted By: Angelica Montgomery · 11/7/2012 2:29:00 PM

The Parti Quebecois has tabled new legislation that says Pauline Marois has the right to stay in power for the next 4 years.

The new bill creates fixed election dates in Quebec. That includes a fixed date for when the Marois government will next answer to voters: September 26, 2016.

Minister Bernard Drainville says, under this law, the opposition is morally obliged to keep the PQ in power.

"Obviously if they vote in favour of that bill and then vote down the government before the date, they're going to have to explain to Quebec citizens," he says.

This bill can not stop the opposition from voting against the PQ in a confidence motion, and so, launching an election.

But, Drainville says the other parties will pay the political consequences if they do.

"Because this is the way it works, because to the whole idea to fix an election date is to fix an election date," he says.


Liberals interim leader Jean-Marc Fournier says he hopes the Parti Quebecois still beleives in democracy.

"If they say that this law is overriding all principal of our democracy, I think its the law that's going to be unconstitutional," says Fournier.

Won't support

CAQ leader François Legault says, while he would otherwise support most of the bill, he can not vote in favour of a law that says the PQ can not be held to account until 2016.

"Right now, with the minority government that we have, of course people are already unhappy, so I don't see how we can suffer under that for four years."

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  1. Jean-Simon Chénard posted on 11/07/2012 02:45 PM
    Wow I cannot believe it! They try to keep power for themselves until the end. It is pathetic and antidemocratic. We should go to an election soon or Quebec will collapse.
  2. alrev posted on 11/07/2012 03:09 PM
  3. Mike D posted on 11/07/2012 03:21 PM
    This does not surprise me one bit. This comes from the same Government that would have froze your bank accounts if it seperated. I tell people all the time the PQ will pass anything. Time for another election. I'll take my chances on them winning a majority as it makes no difference anyway.
    1. Richard posted on 11/09/2012 11:13 AM
      @Mike D @Mike D -
      Where did you hear that "Government that would have froze your bank accounts if it separated" Have any links or source?
      Just curious...
  4. tprfromndg posted on 11/07/2012 03:42 PM
    The PQ trying to do an end run around democracy ...there is nothing they will not stoop to doing...Why not just throw in a declaration of seperation too into this bill and a confiscation of all property in favor of the state ?
  5. Nick Cowen posted on 11/07/2012 03:47 PM
    This is one of the most backward thinking that makes zero sense. Fixing a date doesn't really matter. Currently the government in power chooses the date and that in general happens when things seem to be going their way. The opposition "questions" the government in power trying to win votes. So instead of the government in power choosing when to give to the public to "increase it's favor" it'll be roughly febuary in a voting year and the opposition would give the "tough questions" in april. No big deal to the average person. Now to political parties the big deal would be fund raising and everyone kissing a baby at the same time. What gets me is this " "Because this is the way it works, because to the whole idea to fix an election date is to fix an election date," he says." The meaning behind that is absolutely absurd and childish. Here's an example: You hire a chef to make you toast. He/she keeps buring it. So you get fed up getting burnt toast. So you ask the chef what is going on? Why am I getting burnt toast? The chef tells you it's the toaster because that's what it does. So you go out and buy a new toaster. The next morning you get burnt toast once again. So you go to your kitchen ask the chef "Why am I getting burnt toast once again?" and the chef responds with "It's the toaster because that's what it does. I don't know why you bought a new toaster but it's not my fault you're getting burnt toast, you can't fire me" So instead of a chef, we have current government in power.
  6. Mike_S posted on 11/07/2012 04:00 PM
    This proposal negates the whole idea of a parlementary democracy where a government can be forced to have an election if a non confidence motion passes.

    Why would the PQ want to saddle us with a lame duck government for four years.

    As I see it the parlementary process should not be shackled by term limits. If the government can not rule it should put the vote to the electorate rather than hang around doing nothing.
  7. mark posted on 11/07/2012 04:08 PM
    What government has the power to leglislate away the constitution? If the present government loses a confidence vote that is the end of it, no law can change that.
  8. Garry Laflamme posted on 11/07/2012 04:14 PM
    So this would mean that our democracy would become a dictatorship!!
    1. Mary posted on 11/10/2012 04:09 PM
      @Garry Laflamme Sorry to say this but that`s just what she wants dictatorship. Come on now time to wake up and smell the coffee before there is no return.
    2. Raven posted on 11/10/2012 11:21 PM
      @Garry Laflamme Well we know what can happen to dictators.

      Just ask Saddam & Muammar Gaddafi
  9. Joey posted on 11/07/2012 04:14 PM
    François and Jean-Marc will never go for this bull. The PQ are scared, and IMO, "turtling" their way to the inevitable. I don't want a useless minority to just soak up resources for nothing for the next 4 years.

    "Snap" elections is part of the game!
    1. LMAO posted on 11/07/2012 05:36 PM
      @Joey Call it now i say and lets be done with this madness. They have done nothing constructive since coming to power. All they do is divide this province.
  10. Joey posted on 11/07/2012 04:31 PM
    My second comment is this: Let us all not get our panties in a bunch just yet. As bad as "legislating the constitution away" sounds, this government will take it back tomorrow after lunch.
  11. daniel posted on 11/07/2012 06:54 PM
    sounds like a corrupt move for a government fighting corruption!! This has got to be the biggest bunch of political amateurs I have ever seen.
  12. The T posted on 11/07/2012 09:08 PM
    how many will be left standing after 4 years to be honest ....... it's a banana republic party and they will either resign or forced out
  13. Meg Cooper posted on 11/07/2012 10:34 PM
    The PQ has been watching too much US television. Just because the US have written into their constitution that an election will happen every four years and nobody can serve more than two terms does Quebec have to do the same? I see they don't want the "no more than two terms" part of the electoral process. Whatever happened to our constitution? Are their no legal minds in the PQ? Silly me -- of course not!
  14. tovier posted on 11/07/2012 11:23 PM
    A little bit of Castro and a whole lot of Chavez. I smell a Dictatorship in the brewing. An evil plan is in the making and maybe, just maybe her Loyalist will catch on! Then again, I'm talkng about the same people that voted her in!

    This government is obviously gasping for air by making such ludicrous remarks that denounce democracy while at the same time incite themes of Communism. Lets hope that the opposition does their job right and votes them out of politics.

    What a democracy of Dunces!
  15. Jen posted on 11/08/2012 08:53 AM
    My question is WHERE IS MR. HARPER??? What is he doing about all these ludicrous laws this lady (using the term very very loosely) is imposing on THE CANADIANS of Quebec? Mr. Harper, get off your high horse and take a stand for your constituents.
  16. anon y mouse posted on 11/08/2012 10:54 AM
    Sounds like Castroism to me .
    What's next , you can vote but there's only one legal party ...The PQ ...pourri quebecois .
  17. Sean posted on 11/08/2012 02:19 PM
    who voted for her, this is crazyyyyyyyyyyy
    call a new election
  18. Ck posted on 11/09/2012 06:19 AM
    Nothing undemocratic about fixed elections. Most provinces have them. Why shouldn't Quebec? The bill already indicates that if there is a non-confidence, an early election would still be held. What's the problem?
  19. Lissa posted on 11/09/2012 04:47 PM
    From what Jean Lapierre said (on CJAD a couple of days ago), this is all show. They can table the bill but it won't pass - it negates the very core of our constitution that says a non-confidence vote CAN force the minority government to call an election. This is just posturing, plain and simple.
  20. Raven posted on 11/10/2012 11:16 PM
    Since they got into power a week has not gone by without then doing or saying something stupid. Now they want to hang around for 4 Years?

    Hell no!

    Rather have another election right now.
    They need to go.
  21. gnicolson posted on 11/11/2012 08:54 AM
    she's gonna hang on to keep this government like a pit bull with a t bone steak...

    im sure at some point we will a have Provincial holiday in her name .....

    Marois Monday...

    I'm more confused than a mood ring on a paranoid bipolar schizophrenic chameleon in a bag of skittles!

  22. Chris posted on 11/12/2012 10:11 AM
    Enough is enough... I'm sick of these bigoted racists, and they've not been in power for 4 months!

    I say we kick the PQ out and have a Liberal/CAQ coalition. As the liberals have no leader at the moment, the CAQ leader can be Premiere and the cabinet can be split between Liberal and PQ MNAs... and both parties agree to an election in 18 months.

    We need to progress PAST this linguistic BS... and clearly the PQ is more concerned with their political agenda and less about what is best for Quebec.
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