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QC Politics: Indifference Threatened

Posted by John / December 12, 2005

farouk.gifMontrealers in the provincial Outremont riding have been vandalizing, misinterpreting and, mostly, ignoring the thicket of election signs attached to every outdoor stationary object for the last month. Some effort has been made to make the two provincial by-elections taking place today seem exciting: they're a test for Charest's Liberals, they're a bellwether for the surging Parti Québécois, they're ... ZZZZZZZ.

In Outremont, a seat that has been Liberal for half a century, the choice is between a former sovereigntist turned Liberal, Raymond Bachand, and yet another whiter-than-white, pur-laine PQ elitist, Farouk Karim. The ADQ candidate is considered by some to be attractive, but that's never a factor in politics.

Hmm, it's actually an interesting matchup. But my heart is warmed once again by the indifference displayed by my fellow Montrealers. Alas, that indifference is being threatened not by excitement about the by-elections, but by a hilarious tiff between the federal Liberals and the Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation.

Seems the Liberals made a TV ad which borrows from the LNI's faux hockey-rink improv contests (most anglophones in Quebec have surely flipped to a TV channel showing hockey-jerseyed geeks using that style of humour peculiar to Quebec French-language Pepsi commercials and wacky francophone radio morning shows) to mock the Bloc Québécois. Hilariously, the LNI is calling plagiarism, a move that ignores the precedent of 50 years of TV commercials (and other films, shows, print ads, novels, plays, etc.) that employ existing elements of culture.

The problem is this is the kind of idiotic thing that might actually capture people's attention. Which will never do. Quebec's apathy to all things political is mighty impressive these days, and I lament the idea that some goofy legal challenge might wake people up from their stupor. Everybody: ignore the media!

Frankly, if the LNI is going to sue the Liberal Party, maybe hockey should sue the LNI. The jerseys, the arena-like venue, the teams ... it's all strangely familiar.



Noe / December 13, 2005 at 10:38 am
Yes. I have a similar argument. But I saw this guy on TV (the founder of LNI) talking about how he's been fighting so hard for 30 years about something something. I think it's in bad taste from his part to even joke about a suit. And that's a double-entendre, you should have seen his looks.
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