- The story focuses on how low support for sovereignty is among the youth, but I am struck by how consistent it is among the various groups with it being only slightly more favorable among the older folks. So, the article emphasizes the youth result, but I find the consistency more striking.
- The support among the youth fell off a cliff recently--it had been around 46% last spring, but the NDP's rise, the Bloc's collapse, the PQ's self-destruction all helped to suggest that sovereignty really might not be the solution (of course, it is not). But then, given how recent this collapse, the poll results seem pretty fragile.
- Uh oh. The words "internet survey" were used. Um, we have no clue about how this poll was conducted. Given the sources of the poll are Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies, I am actually not too concerned. Probably the newspaper screwed it up. Anyhow, do not take these results as being perfect or definitive but merely suggestive.
And that is what really confuses me. The other big political story is that the Mayor Gerald Tremblay indicated how wonderfully out of touch he is, proclaiming "you ain't seen nothing yet" as he laid the markers for running again in 2013. Oy. He won the last election because the anti-corruption vote was split between two other parties, so he garnered a mighty plurality just north of 30%. And since then? The city seems to have been spying on its auditor-general and more corruption news has emerged.
I ain't seen nothing yet? How more corrupt can Montreal get? How more WWI-battlefield-like can the roads get?