Businessman Kevin O'Leary says he is pulling out of the campaign to succeed Stephen Harper because he is not convinced he could carry enough votes in Quebec to beat Justin Trudeau in the 2019 election.
It has long been taken for granted that no prime minister, no Quebec premier, would ever let Bombardier go under on his or her watch. The aerospace giant's leading contribution to Canada's R&D sector and the thousands of jobs it provides kept it on the shortlist of Canadian corporations that no government would allow to fail.
Depending on who one talks to, the NDP's first Quebec leadership debate drew anywhere from 250 to 400 people on Sunday afternoon in Montreal.
Those are decent enough numbers considering the party could not fill a 500-seat hall in Quebec City for one of the marquee debates that led to the election of Thomas Mulcair as Jack Layton's successor in 2012.
It was shoddy journalism, not a debatable take on Quebec society, that cost former Ottawa Citizen editor Andrew Potter his "dream job" as head of McGill university's prestigious Institute for the Study of Canada this week.
For more than 20 years, a politician from Alberta has held the leading position on one side or the other in the House of Commons. That unbroken spell will come to a halt when the federal Conservatives pick a permanent successor to Stephen Harper in May.