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Tuesday Talk - News for Mar. 27, 2007

Posted by Jer / March 27, 2007

Hmmm. It's a slow day in news so I'm not sure what to talk about....

48-41-36. No. Those aren't your official lotto numbers. For the first time in 129 years, Quebec wakes up to a minority government, with the Liberals barely defeating their opponents. Support for Jean Charest - who lost his seat initially but then re-won it after a recount - and his party crumbled to just 33% of the popular vote.

The PQ also had a rough night, finishing in third place with 36 seats and only 28% of the popular vote, its worst result since the party's first election in 1970.

While the PQ and the Liberals scratch their heads and begin what is sure to be a painful transition period for both parties, Mario Dumont and the ADQ are busy wiping the smiles off their collective faces. The party, the surprise story of the campaign, came away with 41 seats and 30.8% of the popular vote. After they are finished celebrating, the ADQ plans to purchase several copies of Provincial Government 101 - How to Govern Quebec and OK, We've Actually Been Elected: What the Shit Do We Do Now?

The two other parties that the mainstream media never talk about made significant gains last night as well. Both the Green Party and Quebec Solidaire achieved just under 4% of the popular vote. Sadly, the Marxist-Leninist party still didn't get enough votes to rise out of the "Other" category.

There's a great election round-up over at Antagoniste, including some good meta-analysis on media coverage.

And finally, despite rumours that the Arcade Fire should form the next provincial government on account of their current domestic and global popularity, things aren't looking so good for the band. Win Butler, the band's lead singer, is set to undergo surgery for a sinus infection that has gotten so out of hand the band has had to cancel 9 shows from its sold out European tour.



OJ / March 27, 2007 at 09:56 am
The media coverage last night - well, CFCF anyways - was brutal. Not only did they change their projections and predictions every 10 minutes as the night progressed, but the graphics meant to show stats from this and previous elections were completely wrong and uninterpretable. I'm sure the production interns are getting an ear full this morning.

Did anyone else see Dumont's eyes turn slightly red with a certain evil glow as the hint of power entered his conscious...
J Mac / March 27, 2007 at 11:02 am
I watched a bit of it on CBC, and I found the amateurishness of their coverage, especially the fumbled commentary when they showed graphics, kind of endearing. Then I watched CFCF's coverage of Charest's speech, and the hack CFCF had on site, something-or-other Lurie, was so bad in trying to improvise as Charest took longer than expected to get to the stage. "He's still making his way through the crowd. Charest is <i>very</i> well liked in Sherbrooke, so he's got a lot of hands to shake. Uh ... still making his way ... and here we have Charest making his way to the stage ... he's making his way now, through the crowd, the Sherbrooke crowd, which likes him a lot ... making his way through them ... Charest ... making his way ... Sherbrooke really respects this man, Charest, who is still making his way ..." Awesome.
Fairfax / March 28, 2007 at 11:08 am
For the record, Jeremy, there was no recount required in Jean Charest's riding. He won on the first count. Radio-Canada VERY prematurely declared that he'd lost his seat when results from a good 20% of the ballot boxes were still missing. Once all the results were reported, Charest had won by more than 1000 votes.

As for news coverage, I flipped constantly between all the channels covering it. I thought Radio-Canada and CFCF were the worst, both frequently annoyed me. TVA had the best overall coverage, in my opinion.
Jer / March 28, 2007 at 12:38 pm
Fairfax...yeah, I read the details this morning. CBC Radio had said it was a recount before I went to bed, but it's clear that regular counting, not re-counting that led to the win.

If I was a more talented blogger, I would know how to cross out what I said and make it appear correctly. Maybe the MP overlords can fix such a thing.

As for the media coverage, maybe MP will field a team of bloggers to cover the next election and give better coverage (i.e. what chips is Charest snacking on nervously as he awaits the results...)
Chip / March 28, 2007 at 03:30 pm
Charest is for sure a Cheetos guy.

That's why it took him so long to get to the podium - he had to get some industrial strength cleaner to get all the orange off his fingers.
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