The Anglos, the horrible Anglos!
The elections office in Quebec is throwing cold water on a theory put forward by the Parti Quebecois on Sunday that students from elsewhere in Canada could be trying to steal the provincial election.
The PQ expressed concern about media reports that an influx of English-speakers and other non-francophones from outside the province were trying to vote in the April 7 election.
By late afternoon, however, the province's chief electoral officer brought forward numbers showing there were no signs of an irregular increase in voter registration.
"The abnormally high number of requests doesn't exist," said spokesman Denis Dion.
Lord they are desperate. Give the Pequistes some credit. The creation of this particular myth took a fair amount of chutzpah. If we're talking about election irregularities shall we take a stroll through some of the PQ's marginal ridings? Hmm. Perhaps an inquiry into some of the closer precincts in the 1995 referendum? When it comes to fudging the democratic process Quebec separatists have raised an old art to new heights.
On the positive side this moment of panic is hopeful. A party desperate enough to start spinning fables that are easily disproved, that will gain traction only with their hard core supporters eager to believe any Anglo conspiracy, is a party likely going down to defeat. It's been sixteen years since the PQ last won a majority government in a provincial election. Should the Liberals gain a majority this time the separatists will have been out of real power for nearly a generation. The Marois episode becoming a conveniently forgotten footnote.
This turkey might finally be done.