It was in 2012. After a snap electoral campaign caused by scholar unrest, Quebec Liberals were ousted from power in the Canadian French-speaking province. After 10 years of power, corruption scandals and unrest had finally overcome the brilliant politician who governed the province for nearly a decade. After a short-lived separatist minority government, his government resurrected as a new liberal majority led by Philippe Couillard came to power. Couillard sadly passed most of his term dealing with the corruption legacy of the disgraced leader. In 2018, the regime came to what everybody thought to be the real end, as nationalist premier Legault took over a majority government.
During the whole rule of the Quebec liberal, from 2003 to 2018, the regime led by Jean Charest remained widely hated by Quebec people, and succeded to remain in power by agitating the fear of separatism, being favored by the division of the french-Canadian vote and finally being the unconditional protector of every minority groups you could find in Quebec.
In parallel, on the federal stage, Justin Trudeau managed to be elected and re-elected as Prime Minister of Canada. Repeated failures caused the social-conservative wing of the CPC to be discredited and generated demand of a fully bilingual, socially progressive and notorious leader. Former Quebec strongman fulfilled all of the demands. So when state television announced a few days ago that he was “considering” to run for conservative leader, it was a general surprise and a shock.
His legacy as Quebec Premier is likely to cause a lot of problems, starting by the Machurer inquiry that is still underway and legally forbid him to make a bid to conservative leadership according to the party constitution. Also, his popularity in Quebec is very low.