How Justin Trudeau bought himself some peace from Quebec’s culture wars, and what he paid for it


If you like the horse-race side of election campaigns, then the situation in Quebec might appeal to you. The Liberals, according to many election observers, need to pick up between five and 10 seats in the province in order to turn their minority into a majority. Their main opposition in this quest will come from the Bloc Québécois. The other federal parties have fallen behind in recent polling out of the province. The Liberals find themselves in this enviable position thanks, in part, to an informal bargain that leader Justin Trudeau arrived at with Premier François Legault in the months leading up to the election. Through a succession of lucrative federal funding announcements, ranging from high-speed internet to electric buses, Trudeau secured a measure of goodwill from Quebec’s popular premier.

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