Conservatives have a long, tumultuous history of trying to figure out Quebec

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Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Can they break through in Quebec without alienating their western base? Is it worth it? Once upon a time (back when John A. Macdonald was running things) Quebec reliably handed a majority of its seats to the Conservative Party in election after election. The province was an important part of the Conservatives’ governing coalition — and a battleground where Liberals laboured in vain to break through. Much has changed since the days of Sir John A., of course. Ever since his death in 1891, the Conservatives have struggled to figure out Quebec. That struggle is coming to a head again, as the party prepares to choose the latest successor to the Old Chieftain.