Re: 2011 Canadian Election There's another side to this, which is that Canadian political parties are highly centralized. In Congress, it's not only permitted but expected for a representative to vote against his party's own legislation if it harms his constituency -- for example, a defense appropriations bill that closes a base in his district. In Canada, that will get you kicked out of your party's caucus. The Bloquistes believe none of the "federalist" parties will stand up for Quebec's unique concerns. The NDP has done a good job this time around convincing Quebeckers that although they won't support outright Quebec independence, they will support Quebec values enough to merit their votes.