The Quebec provincial election. More than any other provincial issue, that is the one — comme toujours — with the greatest implications for Canada and Canadian politicians. No other provincial concern comes remotely close to the high-stakes contest now underway in the province of Quebec. The outcome will define our national politics for years to come.
Warren Kinsella's a pretty astute political observer. He's also a pretty shrewd political player; he understands the strategic value of laying track, although he might not be familiar with the baseline reasoning of why it works. So, when Kinsella lays out a possible scenario for Canada's future, it's not hard to tell where his interests lie - but you also can't dismiss his insight as just partisan wishful thinking either.
There is validity to each of his points; Team Harper would be wise to give them some consideration. What can Harper do to make sure he cuts off at the pass a scenario that sees the end of his Party and the undermining of his legacy within his lifetime?
By fulfilling a commitment he's already made, one that appeals deeply to Quebecers and that has resonance nationwide. Heck, if he does this, Harper could be assured of a legacy that lasts for generations.
Stephen Harper is as capable of reading the tea leaves as anyone. The question is, how far ahead is he thinking - and how bold is he willing to be? If the answer is "not very," then perhaps someone else will be.