It will come as no surprise that I am no fan of ethnic nationalism, and no fan of men on horseback who cause the media to swoon in the face of something new, bright and shiny. 

Nor have I ever met Pierre Karl Péladeau. But I know what I read and have seen, and here is my take on the Quebec election.

The Parti Québécois has always been an uneasy alliance of nationalists with a common cause but very different positions on the rest of the political spectrum. The party nearly fell apart after the demise of the Lévesque government, whose ending was not pretty. It cobbled itself together under Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard, and promptly went back into disarray. It is now in office in a minority parliament, seeking a majority in a provincial election. The wind, we are told, is in its sails.

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