Since voters in my province are now back in the old fold of the Bloc Québécois, less than a year after giving 59 seats to the NDP, the columnist points out that "it is an understatement to say Québec voters are volatile".
Volatile?... let's check this out...
- In 1993, 49% of the voters in Québec gave 56 seats the Bloc.
- In 1997, 38% gave 44 seats.
- In 2000, 40% gave 38 seats.
- In 2004, 49% gave 54 seats.
- In 2006, 42% gave 51 seats.
- In 2008, 38% gave 49 seats.
- In 2011, 23% gave 4 seats.
Mrs Gagnon is denouncing the Québécois' short honeymoon with the federalist party as if it were some sort of surprise. How could that be? Another survey [in French] by Léger Marketing, found that 3 out of 4 Québécois are against the constitutional status quo. And guess what?... the only alternative on the table is the sovereigntists' proposal.
This looks like the slow, but steady, return to the previous equilibrium.