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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, October 07, 2002

Is Mario Dumont backpedalling?

So says Lysiane Gagnon about the Golden Boy of Québec politics. The veteran Québec scribe notes that the Action Démocratique's du Québec's flat-tax idea, praised so strongly by the Canadian right, has been reduced from being an "objective" to just a concept; but tax breaks for the middle class are still on. That much makes Dumont's fiscal stand seem really close to... Jean Charest and the Québec Liberals.

Private, non-Catholic school vouchers, another idea championed by the various think tanks, not to mention the National Post editorial pages? Nah, not for now, and not without some small-scale trials.

What's up here? Wasn't Mario Dumont, the 32-year-old Knight of the Right, going to be the one to offer Québecois a genuine state-ablating alternative to the two old-line Québec political parties? Seems that he's been getting painted by the aforementioned Charest as one who favours the rich and gives not a whit for the rest of Québec. That's not too tough, really. A reading of the ADQ's platform (PDF format) (en français) shows it to be the most right-wing of all the major Québec political parties; Gagnon opines that it's to the right of the Canadian Alliance (at least on economic matters.)

CBC newsguru Larry Zolf seems to believe something similar to Charest's message; he writes that, from what he can tell, Mario Dumont has offered nothing to the poor and nearly-poor of Québec.

Damn, and there hasn't even been an election call in La Belle Province yet! This oughta be good politics-watchin'!
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