For François Legault, Quebec’s popular nationalist premier, the federal elections were a test. Would he use his leverage correctly to advances the demands of Quebec? He managed to do so. On day one of the elections, a few hours before the elections were called, he intervened in the debate. He asked all federal leaders to announce that they wouldn’t challenge Quebec’s Bill 21 in court. Justin Trudeau refused to do so.
In the beginning, this didn’t hurt Trudeau too much. But as the campaign unfolded, one thing became more and more clear for Quebec voters. Both incumbent Trudeau and conservative Scheer were getting more and more disliked by voters. Then, one more option appeared: Quebec nationalist leader Yves François Blanchet, whose Bloc Québécois is running in every Quebec ridings.
Yves François Blanchet assumed nationalism, charisma and his will to represent the Quebec nationalist government’s interests in the Federal parliament gave his party a boost no one expected. But that was just the beginning. After the first french debate, he began his rise. Then came the English debate, whose controversial question about Bill 21 got criticized by Quebec nationalist. Before the second french debate which would close the debate season, everyone thought that Yves François Blanchet would get attacked from all sides since he was rising in the polls and he was doing so quickly. That didn’t happen, all other leaders focused on incumbent Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
Let add a few interventions of more by Quebec premier to criticize Trudeau’s openness to challenge bill 21, and that was it. Trudeau is now quickly falling in polls, at the point he is currently below 30% in Canada and around 25% in Quebec according to a Mainstreet poll.
So let’s resume here: François Legault, by his sole call to federal leaders to respect bill 21, completely screw up the liberal campaign, who was expecting gains in Quebec to retain power or even a majority government. A high-level source of Trudeau’s liberal party was clearly pissed off by Legault’s interventions in the campaign. A sign Trudeau’s party will blame an eventual defeat on Quebec Premier? Who knows!
Other than respecting Bill 21, other demands of Quebec included a sole tax report managed by Quebec and a reform of immigration with more power to Quebec’s government.