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If you can read French, I suggest reading this column by Vincent Marissal, which describes the current state of French-English relations in this country as seen by Québec. There's talk about the Globe coming down on Québécois for irresponsibly electing the Bloc (what's new?) and a smart reply by Marissal, anglo journalists being annoyed at Harper's French speaking, Graham Fraser's report finding Harper's French speaking commendable but a very weak façade behind which a mostly unilingual anglophone government sits (including unilingual heritage and intergovernmental relations ministers).
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I was not invited to the interview round for La Presse's summer internship. Boo.

Oh well. They strongly recommend applying again next year since many people apply more than once before getting it. Time to beef up my portfolio, and next year, to buy the Saturday edition of La Presse a few times ahead of the test in order to be more familiar with what's hot in Québec culture at that point.
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Current Québec election standings, as we speak:
ADQ 47
Liberals 45
PQ 32
Québec Solidaire was said to be ahead in one riding earlier tonight, as well.

These are preliminary scores, there are many more votes to be counted.

For those not keeping the score, there hasn't been a right-wing government in Québec since 1959. Of course this will finish in a minority, so it's not as bad. But Dumont has like, 5 "ministrables" at most. Also, as the outgoing head of government, Charest can ask the Lt.-Governor to continue to government, if he can hold the confidence of Parliament.
Keep your eyes peeled.

ETA: The Liberals finished on top. Phew. This is the beginning of the end for separatists in Québec. If the Liberals manage to move a bit left, they might squeeze the PQ off the scene in a few elections.

A lot of people are thinking that this bodes well for a federal spring election for Harper. I'm not quite so sure, but the prospect frightens me a lot. But the politics of individualism have finally caught up with Québec.

Amir Khadir and Françoise David almost won for Québec Solidaire. That's some pressure on the left for the PQ there. Next time around, if the PQ is down in the polls, some lefties my skip on the strategic voting and vote with their heart.

ETA2: I've been invited to the La Presse examination for their summer internship!! Fingers crossed.


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