Thursday, September 02, 2010

Tea Party idea catching on in Quebec, Canada

A small group of Quebec right-wing activists and politicians hopes to create a grassroots political movement in the province.
Six people have launched the Réseau Liberté Québec, or Quebec Freedom Network, a movement being compared to the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement that emerged in the United States last year.
Eric Duhaime is one of the Quebec Freedom Network's founding members.
He has worked as a political adviser for Action Démocratique du Québec, or ADQ, the conservative party whose power has dwindled in the national assembly since its initial rise in 2007.
In the 2007 elections, the ADQ won 41 seats and wrestled Official Opposition status away from the Parti Québécois, but the party now has only four elected members.
Duhaime, who worked with federal cabinet minister Stockwell Day during his leadership of the Canadian Alliance, said the new movement wants to bring right-wing ideas into the public spotlight and open up the political landscape and debate.
"We all agree on one common ground — the fact that the state needs to be smaller in many many ways," Duhaime said.