No, I’m not cheering for the PQ. And no, I’m not cheering for Pauline Marois. I’m cheering for the minority government.
What a minority government means is that the ruling party, the PQ in this case, can’t just get party unity on a vote and pass things as they please. Look at the Harper government and what they’re doing with a majority government to know what I mean.
A minority government often has to compromise some things to get buy in from another party, or some chunk of those other parties’ elected members, in order to get a majority vote to pass anything. In politics, that doesn’t come cheap and brings thing to a grinding halt compared to regular government business with a majority government.
Why I’m delighted about a minority government in Québec is because I think it’s the best thing for Canada. Why I think it’s the best thing for Canada is because for the next several years, Québec is going to get next to nothing done with government, relatively speaking. They’re just going to torture themselves to no end with arguments and compromises, and any solution they have will make relatively few very happy. There may well also be wasted efforts for sovereignty and such, but let them do it themselves. The less they get done of impact, the less they will bother the rest of Canada and just be another province rather than a special one. Québec is special in a lot of ways, but not in the ways they want to be to demand the impact it wants to have.
I don’t have anything against Québec. I just have something against them being an unjustly “special” province. And I love my country that I want what’s best for it above anything else. And remember, I am cheering for Québec’s election results, not opposing it!