James Alexander Michie: The vote in Quebec has shown that the economy is not a strong point for voters to follow the same | CBC News
Author: James Alexander Michie
Previously it was considered that the economy was a strong point or a key point for voters to be guided by the same during the elections, being that thanks to an attractive and engaging economic plan and thus attract the largest number of votes, in fact, An example of this was seen during the vote given by the original Free Trade Agreement in 1988, where the conservative prime minister, Brian Mulroney, won the election with the slogan “Jobs, jobs, jobs”. Similarly, another example was that of Bill Clinton who unbelievably knocked down his opponent, Republican President George H.W. Bush, with the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid.”
The strategy of the economy seems to work satisfactorily about three decades ago, however, it is not happening at present since it is seen that otherwise people no longer look for an attractive economic proposal looking like they vote against their own economic benefit, which is really contradictory and irrelevant. A recent example of this has been seen in Quebec where the economy is taking a victorious and refreshing air something that would not have achieved for years, despite this it seems that it was not enough for the population that exercised the vote to re-elect the government liberal of Philippe Couillard. This seems to be happening not only in Quebec but something that is happening all over the world.
In the same way, this has also been happening in the USA. UU since a large number of poor people in the United States continues to support President Donald Trump even though his tax cuts for the rich did nothing for them. Which has been tried to explain on the part of The Economist, as well as why so many people in the United States vote against their economic interests, stating that “This disconnection between the personal financial interest and the partisan inclination can be explained in part by the fact that more and more, other things are more important than money when it comes to political affiliation. ”
Another similar development took place in the United Kingdom, when wealthy urban elites, who live where immigrants abound, favored staying in the European Union, while rural voters and the poorest small cities, where the number of immigrants is small, supported the Brexit at least in part to reduce immigration.
This phenomenon has undoubtedly been very disconcerting all over the world and of course in Quebec is no exception, in fact, Ming Li, an economist at Concordia University in Montreal, who has studied the psychology of voting states that it is almost impossible to know exactly why the Quebecers voted as they did.
Li also said “The ruling party could sell how good the economy is” and similarly states “but then the challenger can always find something (the voters) with which they are not satisfied”.