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Monday, November 10, 2008

The ADQ: Economic Freedom

Hidden at the bottom of a Globe & Mail article about the Quebec election is the revelation that the ADQ may be the last true free market party in Canada.

The ADQ announced Saturday it wanted to cut government spending and corporate subsidies by $2-billion.

This at the same time that Jim Flaherty gives mixed messages about subsidies for the auto industry. He said in one breath that the government should not pick winners and loses. Then with the next breath he said that he may give subsidies to a corporation that he thinks is "sustainable."

Jean Charest meanwhile is no free market believer. He doesn't understand why the ADQ would want to cut government spending. In his mind the government is meant to direct and control the economy. He doesn't even pay lip service to economic freedom, claiming that ADQ policies will create a 'tsnumi.'

It makes me sad that everyone is predicting a collapse of the ADQ. With it may go Quebec's best hope.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on November 10, 2008 in Canadian Provincial Politics | Permalink


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That makes me ready to serve once more in my usual role as the ADQ schill from America.

Posted by: D.J. McGuire | 2008-11-10 10:47:10 AM

Interesting politics in Quebec for sure. They seem so socialist compared to, say Alberta, yet some of the best movements come from there.

Posted by: TM | 2008-11-10 11:09:01 AM

Mario Dumont is simply desperate. This year he was an advocate of protectionism, nationalization of natural resources and the use of public funds to bailout for the manufacturing sector.

Many fiscal conservative were disgruntled by this flip-flop.

His strategies fail miserably and Dumont hit the rock bottom in the poll.

To save his skin, he now tries to seduce the fiscal conservative once again.

Politician, all the same...

Posted by: David Gagnon | 2008-11-10 8:36:31 PM

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