The NDP is sitting on the sidelines of Quebec’s election, but the race could hold the key to their fortunes. If Quebec politics becomes polarized around the prospect of another referendum on sovereignty, the New Democrats will be threatened.
After almost three years as the Biggest Federal Party in Quebec, the NDP still has relatively weak roots. And when it comes to the old battles between separatists and federalists, it’s a pale presence. That’s why the NDP’s Quebec breakthrough will be in deeper danger if Pauline Marois’s Parti Québécois wins a majority government.