WINNIPEG — The premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, said that a list of claims of his counterpart in quebec presented to the prime minister Justin Trudeau last week was nothing more than a “political bargaining”.
According to Mr. Pallister, if Justin Trudeau is willing to consider proposals of the prime minister of Québec, François Legault, this denotes “a total lack of respect” for the rest of Canada.
Mr. Legault met with Mr. Trudeau last week and presented a list of demands, including $ 300 million to offset the costs incurred by the province for the asylum seekers, a claim for compensation for dairy farmers and more control over the selection of immigrants.
Mr. Legault stated that, even if it will not support any particular party in the federal election, he hoped that all parties will meet her requests in order to seduce the voters of Quebec.
“Maker of kings”
Mr. Pallister has argued that Mr. Legault is a “kingmaker”, adding that Canada did not need kings.
He stressed the opposition of Quebec to the pipeline Energy Is and its immigration restrictions and asserted that he did not see why these positions should be rewarded by Ottawa.
“Quebec has adopted approaches contrary to the interests of the country on several issues,” said Mr. Pallister in Parliament.
“To see (the government of) Quebec to be smooth by a federal political party in any allegiance whatsoever would be fundamentally wrong and contrary to the interests of our country as a whole, and I must therefore speak against this approach and against federal politicians who prostrate themselves before this kind of policy,” said the premier of Manitoba.
Quebec should be a crucial battleground in the perspective of the federal elections of 21 October.
The liberals of Justin Trudeau hope to achieve gains in the province to offset expected losses elsewhere in the country. They see the potential in the rural ridings where the NDP has managed to hang on in 2015, while the so-called orange wave that swept Quebec in 2011 is lost.
The conservatives hope to take advantage of the slip of the Bloc québécois. They have also established links with the Coalition avenir Québec of François Legault, a party of nationalist.