September 5, 2012 – The Globe and Mail’s John Ibbitson writes about the powerful opportunity Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to “smother the sovereigntist flame” following the Parti Québécois’ victory last night. In the column, he quotes MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley. An excerpt below:
“If Stephen Harper plays his cards well, he could marginalize the sovereigntist movement in Quebec in a way it has not been since the 1960s,” said Brian Lee Crowley, head of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an Ottawa think tank.
Of course, if Mr. Harper plays his cards badly, he could provoke a separatist rebellion. The coming months will offer a powerful test of the Prime Minister’s political skills.
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