And I think he may be right. There was no big seismic shift in the province.
And federalism did not score a victory.
Several of the NDP's new Quebec MPs have expressed support for Quebec independence, putting the party on a collision course with an issue it may rather avoid: national unity. The party is celebrating its success in knocking out the Bloc Quebecois and bringing nationalist Quebecers back into the fold of national politics, following two decades of disengagement.Simply stating that he will allow no separatist discussions, will not change fundamental beliefs.
But the divergent leanings within the NDP caucus on such a fundamental issue raise questions about how Jack Layton plans to maintain peace within his own party, let alone the federation, when divisive issues inevitably pop up.
In fact, according to Jean-Francois Lisee, the Bloc is experiencing a renewal. From Tuesday morning, the day after the election, to Friday midday, 450 people bought or renewed their memberships. A record. And not one person has asked to leave the party.
This will create quite a balancing act for the NDP, a federalist party.
And according to Peter White in the National Post, an opportunity for the Conservatives to cash in.
As a judicial recount in one of the Tories' six seats in Quebec threatens to bring their Quebec seat count down to a mere five, the Prime Minister must send a potent signal to reassure Quebecers that he understands and recognizes Quebec's importance within the federation and in his new government.I expect that Harper will bring all of his Quebec MPs into cabinet, making sure that any spending for the province goes through them.
Mr. Harper also needs to reach out to the inner conservative that lies dormant in the hearts of most Quebecers. How to kill these two birds with one stone? Appoint Maxime Bernier as President of the Treasury Board.
Then come election time he'll try to push his way through the province.
However, if he eventually has to answer to all of the corruption, this will not sit will with Quebec, so the Bloc could return as strong as ever.
I just want to say something to NDP supporters. I read on twitter and other social media outlets, that you feel that your party is being treated unjustly now.
But you have to remember that as the official opposition you will be scrutinized much closer, so you'll have to develop a thick skin. Otherwise, the media will eat you alive.
I am still an NDP supporter as part of a progressive Canada. However, I feel that Canada has lost something now, with no centre, so I'll be pushing for a renewal of the Liberal brand, so that the Liberal/PCs have a place to call home.
My only beef with Jack Layton is that he teamed up with Harper to destroy other progressives, and he may pay for his misguided adventure. Let's hope his party doesn't.