Joe Heath comes down from his ivory tower and writes an op-ed:
The oil needs to stay in the ground… There is only one voting block out there capable of doing it. And it isn’t the fissiparous “left” or “the environmentalists,” who continue to split their votes between three parties. It’s Quebec. Good old hydroelectric, carbon-neutral, redneck-hating Quebec.
Unfortunately, almost half of Quebecers have been boycotting the Canadian federal system for over a decade, choosing to vote along ethnic rather than ideological lines. Like the oil curse in Alberta, the sort of ethnic block voting that sustains the Bloc Québécois is the sort of group behaviour that is toxic in a democracy.