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Monday, January 19, 2009

Chantal Hébert, "Days of cutting Charest slack are over," Toronto Star, January 19, 2009.

On his way out of Friday's first ministers meeting, Premier Jean Charest hammered a few more nails in the coffin of Conservative hopes in Quebec. He may have banged his own fingers in the process.

  Some are asking what point there is in having a federalist in power in Quebec if he is going to conduct his federal-provincial relations like a sovereignist.

With some of his provincial colleagues looking on, the premier stood at the microphone and described Stephen Harper as an untrustworthy partner who has broken his word on equalization and the promise of a more open federalism.

For Quebecers, the sight of a federalist premier lambasting a prime minister with sovereignist abandon was something of a novelty. And while Harper stayed above the fray in public, the Prime Minister's spin doctors fully reciprocated with acrimony of their own in private.

To make a long story short, the level of animosity between the two governments has reached a new high.

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