Paul Martin and his "Quebec lieutenant" have welcomed -- probably appointed, but I'm not sure -- seven other separatists to run for the Liberal Party in the next election. As a result, former Chretien advisor, and current blogger, Warren Kinsella says he can't vote Liberal this time around (April 4 and April 5).
Here's what he wrote:
I happen to agree, although I haven't yet ruled out voting for the Liberals... or any party, actually.
In my view, the status of the Québec-ROC relationship had never been better than these past few years, post-Clarity Act. I felt that a stable situation had been reached that was satisfactory to many Québécois and many in the rest of the country. But, to replace Stéphane Dion with a founder of the Bloc Québécois seemed inexplicable to me, and it is exactly what Paul Martin has done.
Martin, actually, seems to be repeating the mistakes of Brian Mulroney. I imagine that he thinks this may be a more pragmatic way to create satisfaction among Québécois -- and build an alliance for himself of non-Chretienites/Trudeauphiles. But the post-1995 history suggests that this resurrected Mulroney approach is an idea better suited to the history books.
I don't know what Martin's problem is. Has he not changed his thinking since the first time he ran for the Liberal leadership? Or did his years dreaming of taking over as Prime Minister make him too eager to try to please every possible ally?