To really speak on a topic where I have no authority, let me say that unlike Scott Lemieux, I see no particular reason to be glad that the Québec separatist party finished third. If the secessionists don’t take first place, then there’s not going to be any secession, and the secessionists also happen to have appealingly social democratic views on non-secession issues. The ADQ, by contrast, strikes me as a party genuinely without merit, complete with its very vague notions about sovereignty.

Incidentally, I sort of feel that US liberals should welcome Québec secession. It would create an ideal opportunity for the United States to conquer the maritime provinces and the right would be so blinded by jingoism that they’d fail to notice that they’ve just created a bunch of new liberal senators.