SULTAN JESSA: Sigh of relief in Quebec

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It is a huge sigh of relief for the vast majority of caring and right thinking people of Quebec.

They have delivered a strong message to those who want to destroy Canada.

The provincial Liberal party’s stunning and massive victory at the polls puts an end of the constant threat of referendum and Quebec separation.

Nearly two thirds of Quebecers have been telling pollsters they do not want another referendum.

 The Liberals, under the brain surgeon Philippe Couillard , captured 70 seats in the 125-member legislature while Parti Quebecois, under Pauline Marois, were reduced to 30 seats from 54, in the most divisive and fierce provincial elections.

Like the past winter, this was the toughest election campaign with a lot of mudslinging and accusations.

Marois, a seasoned politician and Quebec’s first female premier, lost her own seat and is stepping down.

She went into the Quebec election extremely confident she could run a campaign built on dividing the population.

People of Quebec are a strange breed.

They do not vote for things they like. Rather, they vote for things they don’t like.

The majority of Quebecers do not want another referendum on separating their province from the rest of Canada.

They were also not too enthused about the very divisive charter of values.

Marois tried to convince Quebecers the secular charter was introduced to face the imaginary threat from its religious minorities.

She the only way to ward of this threat was the legalization of religious discrimination.

The charter would have prevented Sikhs working for the government from wearing turbans, Jews wearing kippahs and Muslim women from wearing hijabs and others displaying religious symbols.

The charter had been challenged by groups who were convinced it violated the most fundamental constitutional rights of freedom of religion and was aimed at creating second class citizens.

They argued the charter would result in the firing of thousands of religious minority employees from government offices, daycares and hospitals.

Polls had initially suggested the charter was popular but it became apparent during the campaign many did not care about the charter.

The Marois government lasted about 18 months.

The economy is still in bad shape, people are losing jobs, others are moving out of the province and also the infrastructure and health care is crumbling fast.

Quebecers are more worried about jobs, health care, the economy, human rights and the environment.

But, Marois used a loophole in its fixed date election act to call a snap vote at an opportune time when many Quebeckers are paying attention to how people dress and what languages they speak at home and at work.

A new election in Quebec was originally scheduled for Oct.3, 2016.

Many people who normally stay away from voting sent a strong message to the PQ.

Couillard has a big job ahead of him.

She will have to perform critical surgery to boost Quebec’s economy.

The first thing he has to do is to introduce a budget which will pave the way for recovery.

Reviving the local economy must be the principal focus and the new Liberal premier will have to play a constructive role in keeping Canada united and strong.

Organizations: Parti Quebecois

Geographic location: Quebec, Quebec.They, Canada

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