Quebec Premier Pauline Marois talks to reporters at the National Assembly, September 20, 2012.
Credits: Stevens Leblanc/QMI Agency
Pauline Marois, unlike in The Emperor's New Clothes, is naked as a jaybird except to those equally unfit to run a province so dependent upon the billions in transfer payments that come from federalism.
To them, to all those aging Pequistes and student-movement crybabies, she is dressed to the nines, the belle of the ball, and ready to take on Ottawa with her eyes-wide-shut view of separatism.
If this is the best the Parti Quebecois can muster, it is doomed.
Marois has only 54 seats in Quebec's 125-seat National Assembly. The Liberals have 50 and the Coalition Avenir Quebec, a 10-month-old party focused on resurrecting Quebec's sick economy and parking separatism, has 19.
Pauline Marois a force?
No, she's a farce, and her first days in office have already proved it.
She gets rid of the Canadian flag, and then is sworn in as premier by the monarchy she loathes as represented by Quebec's lieutenant governor, but demands it be done secretly to hide the irony.
It's tough to imagine a rabid separatist swearing allegiance to the Queen in order to get their hands on the power and the paycheque, but they've been doing it since Rene Levesque hit a bump in the road named Edgar Trottier.
You may have to look that one up.
Then there is Marois naming a special junior cabinet minister, reporting to her seulement, to pave the way for a separatist Quebec.
But she will be doing the one-on-ones with Ottawa.
"I will be responsible for the Canadian intergovernmental affairs file and the sovereigntist governance," Marois boasted. "Remaining a province of Canada constitutes a risk.
"We have the firm conviction that the future of Quebec is to become a sovereign country." Remember, this comes from a premier with absolutely no numbers to pass even a single piece of legislation. Not a one.
In fact, political insiders are giving her no more than two years before the collective legislative majority has had enough of her delusions.
But it will be fun to watch.