Musings —01.11.2012 01:00 AM—
But for beleaguered Grits, there’s good news, too — and it’s big, big news. On Tuesday morning, the best-known Liberal in Quebec, Denis Coderre, pulled off a massive coup: He helped lure a Quebec NDP MP to cross to the Liberals. St. Maurice MP Lise St. Denis abandoned Team Orange to join Team Rouge — and it is a huge blow to the NDP, whose popularity has been slipping in Quebec.
For years, St. Denis’ riding belonged to Jean Chretien.
The 71-year-old parliamentarian said she left the Dippers because she was unhappy with their approaches to defence policy, public-private partnerships and the Senate.
For Bob Rae, the news couldn’t have come at a better time. And for Coderre, it solidifies his position as the federalist King of Quebec. “In Quebec, Coderre’s an organizational master,” former MP Paul Zed marveled.
“And he never gives up. He’s again shown why Conservatives fear him in Quebec.”
So, as Grits gather, the good news outweighs the bad for the once-mighty Liberal Party. For them, 2012 is already looking better than 2011.