News from the crypt: No, it’s not dead yet
This may shock you, but apparently the Bloc Québécois is making something of a come-back. Well, OK. They’re coming back from nearly dead to not quite so nearly dead. I mean, they’re not really a force. At least, I don’t think so. But given how many times I’ve declared them dead in the past, and the fact that they’re not actually dead yet, I shall refrain from making predictions.
I’ll say this, though: Even though Quebec nationalism (or any nationalism, come to think of it) leaves me cold as nearly-dead, I have a lot of time for people who take their principles into politics and try to win at the politics game without losing their principles in the process. Usually that means you don’t win very much at the politics game. But some people, they believe in their principles so strongly that they keep trying even though their odds are laughable at best.
That would very much include Gilles Duceppe. I don’t remember how many harsh things I’ve said and written about him. I have been merciless. He was not a particularly effective political leader, in my opinion, and he certainly was not inspiring people all that much, except for those who were already converted to the cause. But he did his best.
And now, in his 70s and after losing his mother in a tragic and very public incident just six months ago, he is making himself available to his party and some are taking him up on the offer. That’s dedication (or intense stubbornness, though maybe those two are one and the same), and there’s a lot to admire in that.