Jean Charest thinks the conservatives are stupid

“A convoy trucker has more integrity in one finger than you and your entire government.”


It was Pierre Poilievre, candidate for the presidency of the Conservative Party, who stabbed Jean Charest.

“You’re talking about law and order, that’s a bit strong considering your party, your Liberal Party, took half a million dollars in illegal donations when you were running them.”


It was Poilievre who followed up his jab with a jab to Jean Charest’s chin.

People applauded. A lot. Heartfelt.


I know you are following the Conservative Party leadership race with a very distracted eye. I also.

I think we’re missing something entertaining.

The hardness of Jean Charest’s punches is not only due to the fact that Poilievre sees politics as a boxing arena.

This is also because Jean Charest was looking for it.

Many conservative activists have values ​​that you and I, at least for some, do not share.

But exactly, they have values.

Someone who has values ​​will respect someone who has different values, but who does this more than a man willing to say anything to seduce him.

Contortions are somewhat inevitable in politics, but there are still, as they say, cursed limits.

Jean Charest has always kept aloof from religious debates.

He created the Bouchard-Taylor Commission to have peace on this very front, and then let his report rot on a shelf.

Today he wants to capitalize on the resentment against Bill 21 in English Canada and launches: “Is there anything more important than freedom of religion? I do not think so “.

Jean Charest made a name for himself when, as Environment Minister, he led the Canadian delegation to the UN climate summit in Rio in 1992.

He then introduced CO2 pricing.

Today, he says he’s open to building new oil pipelines and suggesting lowering Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

It can be argued that current targets are unrealistic and that pipelines are needed to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

But it’s a complete reversal from his old vision.

When he was premier of Quebec, he advocated a framework for federal spending power in provincial jurisdiction areas.

He protested against federal interventions, especially in the health sector.

Today he wants pan-Canadian standards like Justin Trudeau.


Are there limits to Jean Charest’s contortions?

Apparently not, and obviously many activists don’t like that.

The Conservative Party isn’t my thing, but I always have a surge of sympathy for people who refuse to be thought of as idiots.

This column will appear again on May 26th.

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