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Openly Gay Parti Québécois Leader Andre Boisclair Resigns

Following March elections in which Parti Québécois had its poorest showing in decades, openly gay leader Andre Boisclair bowed to pressure and resigned today. Boisclair's party appeared to have little faith left in his ability to push for a third referendum on independence for the French-Canadian province.

BoisclairSaid Boisclair: "I would have loved to be the leader of the party. It's not possible for me. Somebody else will have to do it."

Boisclair's tenure has been a unique one, notes the International Herald Tribune: "When he was elected leader of the Parti Quebecois in November 2005, Boisclair, 41, made headlines for being openly gay and admitting to using cocaine while serving as a cabinet minister. His relative youth also marked a stark departure from previous sovereignty leaders, most of whom traced their roots to the PQ's founding in the late-1960s."

Last November, Boisclair was criticized for participating in a skit on Canadian TV which used Brokeback Mountain to parody the relationship between George Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The sketch featured Bush and Harper shirtless inside a pup tent. George Bush fondles his nipples before throwing two cherries at Harper. The cherries then appear strategically placed atop two mounds of whipped cream on Harper's chest. The tent unzips and Boisclair, peeking his head through, says "Quebec won't get mixed up in something like that."

According to the IHT, "Boisclair fought back tears at the press conference announcing his resignation. He said the sovereignty movement would rebound. 'I'm deeply convinced that this brave nation will assume its freedom,' he said."

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  1. Good riddance. Wait, I am a federalist. PQ should have kept him for another year or so - that way they will be truly dead.

    Posted by: Landis | May 8, 2007 4:53:06 PM


  2. Maybe now he can devote his whole time to acting.

    Posted by: Tom | May 8, 2007 5:32:15 PM


  3. Boisclair is a BRILLIANT man! You people are CLUELESS when it comes to Quebec politics! Vive le Quebec, sans le Canada!

    Posted by: Jamie | May 8, 2007 5:45:07 PM


  4. Boisclair is much too urbane and sophisticated to win, even if Québec is pretty progressive. Dommage...

    Posted by: Jack | May 8, 2007 6:20:10 PM


  5. Boisclair was the sacrificial lamb for an election that was lost because people lost faith in the platform of the Parti Quebecois not because Boisclair was at the helm.

    Instead of facing the fact that the Parti needs to be updated and overhauled, they blame the loss on Boisclair and continue with business as usual.

    Sound familiar?

    Posted by: Zeke | May 8, 2007 6:39:58 PM


  6. All too familiar a story, Zeke. That said, Mr. Boisclair may or may not be "BRILLIANT, Jamie,but his antics proved a distracting sideshow that unfortunately became the main event and overshadowed any ability he had for positive change. We are not "clueless" and do not need to shout instead of articulating a cogent position. I daresay many Canadians would gladly let Quebec secede and most Americans would applaud. Style is an inadequate substitute for reasoned thought.

    Posted by: rudy | May 8, 2007 7:22:57 PM


  7. Rudy, please show me these Canadians who would "gladly let Quebec secede". And at the same time perhaps do a little research on Quebec-U.S. relations from the past 15 years. The US has made it quite clear that they do NOT support the seperation of Quebec from Canada. IMO the voting system in all 3 countries in North America are corrupt and we'll never be a free nation here in Quebec unless a revolution takes place. And using CAPS doesn't always denote shouting.

    Posted by: Jamie | May 8, 2007 7:44:06 PM


  8. I don't know much about or how "Le Québéc libre" would benefit the province or the country in general, but being Canadian myself, French President Charles de Gaulle's 1967 speech has no place in our politics. I doubt that he'd still feel the same way if he was here today. On a side note, Boisclair probably did what he felt suitable for him and I can only wish him the best in his future endeavors.

    Posted by: Shabaka | May 8, 2007 11:03:59 PM


  9. Jamie, Once again you are delusional. Just because you write something does not make it so.

    I have negotiated with and against my Canadian counterparts in the government for over twenty years. I am well versed in their political positions and those of the U.S. The baseline reason that Quebec remains part of Canada is that the Quebecoise realize they have no natural resources in their province and would be unable to fund their Francophilic/Socialist lifestyle without the other provinces. In true a la mode Francaise, they would rather smoke and whine then grow political balls and act on their putative beliefs/values. C'est verite, mon petit chou.

    As for your indiosyncratic capitalization, on the Net and in e-mail/blog texting, caps are the equivalent of shouting.

    Posted by: rudy | May 9, 2007 8:46:57 PM


  10. Jamie, Once again you are delusional. Just because you write something does not make it so.

    I have negotiated with and against my Canadian counterparts in the government for over twenty years. I am well versed in their political positions and those of the U.S. The baseline reason that Quebec remains part of Canada is that the Quebecoise realize they have no natural resources in their province and would be unable to fund their Francophilic/Socialist lifestyle without the other provinces. In true a la mode Francaise, they would rather smoke and whine then grow political balls and act on their putative beliefs/values. C'est verite, mon petit chou.

    As for your indiosyncratic capitalization, on the Net and in e-mail/blog texting, caps are the equivalent of shouting.

    Posted by: rudy | May 9, 2007 8:49:07 PM


  11. Apologies for the double post, the Towleroad server is hiccuping (a technical term of art) tonight.

    Posted by: rudy | May 9, 2007 8:51:31 PM


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