The next provincial election is still two years away, but (new Parti Quebecois leader Andre) Boisclair has battles almost as big to fight within his own party.
The PQ leadership race was hard-fought and divisive, with a split between Boisclair's supporters and party hardliners who believe the 39-year-old leader leans too far to the right.
And though Boisclair promised to "seek a mandate to hold a referendum on Quebec sovereignty as soon as possible" -- that might not be good enough for hardline sovereigntists who were frustrated over Bouchard's wait for "winning conditions" to materialize before holding a referendum.
"It sounds too familiar to those who heard Mr. Bouchard wait and wait for winning conditions," said Kahane in Montreal. "They don't want to hear that. They want to hear that he is going to hold a referendum immediately, and if there is a "Yes" vote then, no matter what, have a unilateral declaration of independence."
You saw it here first: a homosexual freebaser who suggests a little financial restraint and keeps playing coy about the timing of a secession referendum is too far to the right for Quebeckers.
If Quebec thinks that the rest of Canada is stifling its rightful aspirations, it's doing the same to ours as well.
Let's hope that Boisclair leads the PQ to victory, in the next election and referendum. Because if the choice is between Quebec or Alberta leaving, we know whose departure would weaken Canada the most, economically, politically, and culturally.