May 24, 2012
Quebec Protest Fallout May Fuel Crisis
Michael Den Tandt, Calgary Herald
Quebec Premier Jean Charest had his moment - a pretext and a platform, as well as strong popular support, for a firm but fair crackdown on the violence and hooliganism that have wracked Quebec for weeks.
He appears to have squandered the opportunity, overplaying his hand with a vaguely worded emergency law that growing numbers of Quebecers believe was draconian and excessive. One consequence is that the rest of Canada, which might have been spared a third round of national unity wrangling (capping previous outings in 1980 and 1995), is now back on track for more of the same, in 2014 or so. Merci, Mr. Charest.
TAGGED: Jean Charest, Canada, Montreal, Quebec