Martine Ouellet is carrying the banner of a political party that a lot of people in Canada may not know still exists. It’s a little like finding out that Abe Vigoda had died when most people thought he had long since expired. You people are still around? Really? Who knew? Ouellet is running to be the new head of the Parti Quebecois, the job recently vacated by Pierre Karl Péladeau who got his lunch handed to him in the last election. Peladeau , and those who are like-minded in Quebec, are holding firm to the concept of Quebec independence. It may come as a mildly amusing eyebrow raiser in the ROC (rest of Canada) but political movements seldom truly die. They simply fall out of fashion and out of our minds.
But unlike the Canadian Communist Party and other irrelevancies, the P.Q. remains something of a force in Quebec albeit a minor one. The separatist movement may never truly die but it is dormant these days. Most Quebecers having some to the realization that they are much better off belonging to this quirky and often messy collaboration we call Canada. Young Quebecers are interested in more mundane things like getting a job and making a good life for their families rather than a worn out political ideology which provides little in the realm of importance for them. To a great extent the separatists (sovereigntists they call themselves) tend to be of the old crowd, the remnants of the original PQ with the charismatic Rene Levesque at the helm.
Ouellet and her ilk are easily ignored outside of Quebec’s borders but that hasn’t stopped them from doing all they can to advance the cause of independence. It would be folly for us to think the movement is kaput but there’s little need to fret about it, at least not right now.