Tuesday, August 02, 2011

From Separatist to Socialist: Nycole Turmel & Quebec

Those who criticize Nycole Turmel for leaving the Bloc Quebecois for the NDP only publicize how well she represents a people who did the exact same thing.

It was recently revealed that Interim Leader Nycole Turmel was a member of the Bloc Quebecois just months before she ran as a candidate for the NDP. Though all other major parties are attacking her for the fast change of allegiance, they do so at their own risk.

The NDP is not known for being federalist, so criticizing their interim leader for being separatist won't weaken NDP support outside of Quebec and instead it will most likely strengthen it within; especially considering the levels of support separation still enjoys in Quebec and the NDP’s recent historic victory there.

Just before the election, Turmel like most of Quebec during it, moved from the Bloc Quebecois to the NDP, attacking her for it does nothing to increase support for other parties in Quebec, nor decrease support for the NDP in the rest of Canada. In fact such criticism only strengthens the bond between the NDP and Quebec by publicizing how well the socialist party's representatives reflect La Belle Province's politics.

In making this about Canada versus the NDP, a party upon which Quebec so overwhelmingly supported and who also holds strong connections to separatism, the continued assault on Nycole Turmel will only further the divide between other political parties and the Quebec people.

Liberals and Conservatives should forget about why Turmel switched from the Bloc to the NDP, and start trying to figure out why Quebec did.

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