Turning Off the Satellite Dish Election

Turning Off the Satellite Dish Election

Article and photo by Farnell Morisset

The Quebec Provincial Election Race Heats Up

You’d think having a satellite dish and 200 channels would give you actual choice.  Then you’ll realise all those channels inevitably end up playing reruns of the same sitcoms.  Well, this feels a lot like the satellite dish election.

Assuming we only consider those represented in every riding, there are 5 “major” parties.  This gives us all the wonderful choice of a centre-right federalist party, a centre-right federalist party, a centre-left separatist party, a centre-left separatist party, and a left-of-centre separatist party.  Choices!  The ridiculousness of the situation was highlighted recently when PQ leader Pauline Marois blundered when asked who right-of-centre separatists should vote for (“the other parties… no me… no… uh… what was the question?”).  Left-of-centre federalists, meanwhile, have been assured by federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair that they would have a provincial NDP party to vote for… at the next election.

“Good” news is, with the way things are going, looks like that could be sooner than we think.  Current polls are leaning towards a minority PQ government, with either the PLQ or CAQ as official opposition.  CAQ leader François Legault, asked about the possibility of forming the opposition in the context of a minority PQ government, has already all but said he’d topple the government at the first opportunity.  As if we needed any further motivation to participate in this democratic exercise, we can always thank the leader of one of the “big three” parties for announcing he plans to make it moot as soon as he can.  This from the same party running on a platform of cutting wasteful spending and restoring faith in the political system, no less.  The alternative, meanwhile, is just another round of the PQ-PLQ seesaw we’ve been having for decades.

I suppose I shouldn’t be so jaded.  It’s not like we’ve been bouncing between the same two channels along the same Oui-Non question for the last thirty-plus years, after all.

So, like many Québécois, I will spend the night of the election in front of my television following the results as they come in.  Except when it’s done, I don’t intend to just change the channel and move on – you can only flip between the same reruns so many times before you just want to shut off the TV and get up from the couch.

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About the author:


Born and raised in Québec City, Farnell Morisset attended English school throughout his primary, secondary, and CEGEP studies, before ultimately choosing to stay in Québec City and study civil engineering at Laval University.

While at Laval, he served as president of the civil engineering student association. It was there that he discovered his affinity for writing and commentary, preparing a weekly column in the student newspaper dealing with the issues he, as president of the association, felt were important and relevant.

Farnell is passionate about discussing (amongst other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québecois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québecois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image.

He is also alarmed by what seems to be an invasive and aggressive polarization of complex social issues for which there are no black-and-white answers. This eventual identity crisis, he feels, will only be solved through good faith in, and honest communication with, all sides pulling on our ever dwindling “pure laine” blanket.

It is with this in mind that he contributes to LifeinQuebec.com as a valued member of our, in-house, writing team.

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Farnell Morisset

Farnell Morisset is passionate about discussing (among other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québécois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québécois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image. He has an engineering degree from Université Laval and is currently a law student at McGill University.

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