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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Maxime Bernier leader of the ADQ?

Bernier_maxime The French conservative blogs, usually silent, have suddenly come alive with speculation that Maxime Bernier may run for the leadership of the ADQ.

I like the idea. It seems doubtful that Bernier will be put in another position of authority anytime soon. I would much rather see a strong leader of the ADQ than have Mr. Bernier cool his heels in the backbenches for the next few years.

French blogs: 1 2

Read Martin Masse's piece on why there is "no need to lament the demise" of ADQ leader Mario Dumont.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on February 8, 2009 in Canadian Provincial Politics | Permalink


Interesting development. Unfortunately, Maxime doesn't seem to have much a future at the federal level.

Perhaps Quebec is calling, but if his reputation in Quebec is as tarnished as in the ROC he may have difficulty being a successful standard bearer.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2009-02-08 8:43:59 PM

It is my understanding that he is still popular in Quebec.

Posted by: Hugh MacIntyre | 2009-02-08 8:45:55 PM

Maxime Bernier is not popular in Québec but only in rural Beauce.

I would say that Julie Couillard is more popular in Québec than Maxime Bernier.

Most importantly: The ADQ is not popular in Québec.

Posted by: Marc | 2009-02-08 9:08:58 PM

Marc is exactly right. Bernier being popular in his home region but not well liked at all in other regions of Quebec. Beauce is quite different than most of Quebec as it is probably the most right-wing area. The ADQ has taken a beating lately as seen in the last election. I was surprised they did as well as they did.

Now Bernier leading the ADQ is a possibility but he'd never become Premier and just remain as leader of the third party. He is too arrogant and lacks maturity.

Posted by: Tim Trudeau | 2009-02-08 9:27:08 PM

Some big name is needed to boost the ADQ. Quebec needs this party in provincial government to counter the center-left Liberals and far left PQ. The Liberal and PQ have made Quebec a have-not province. The ADQ is the only voice of reason in the wilds of Quebec. Cut out the federal transfer payments and make Quebec itself responsible for creating jobs and balancing budgets. Maybe then, the ADQ will have a shot.

Posted by: Jackson | 2009-02-09 3:00:47 PM

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