The day after his election, the new leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, feels that the party is ready for change.
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“The members chose change. I was starting at 5% at the start of the race, in a race that lasted nine months with two waves of COVID. I became leader of the PQ at 43, I am not a deputy. There is something euphoric here. I think it is the spirit of adventure that we are taking back at the moment. We have a taste for what is to come, ”he rejoices.
Paul St-Pierre Plamondon not being a Member of Parliament, he does not sit in the National Assembly. However, he does not see this situation as a disadvantage.
“When you are not in a parliamentary committee, you can be with people, you can be in the field, you can work on other projects,” he says.
He also recalls that René Lévesque had been in this situation for six years and that Jacques Parizeau and François Legault did the same.
“As an extra-parliamentary leader, I find that it is the best position to inject a boost of energy into the party by being close to the people and by making the party talk. It is not a disadvantage to be an extra-parliamentary leader, on the contrary ”, assures Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.
If he intends to be honest and transparent about the fact that his party is in favor of the independence of Quebec, the new leader of the PQ also intends to bet on nationalism to seduce Quebeckers.
“There is our country project, but there is also the nationalism that we assume and for which we are serious. It’s one thing to say “nationalism” all the time like smoke in the eyes, but what is really going on to protect our businesses here? What happens when the federal government constantly tells us no, when French is backing down? ”He emphasizes.
Paul St-Pierre Plamondon wants his party to stand up for Quebeckers, especially regarding the management of the pandemic by the government of François Legault.
“The Parti Québécois, in defense of Quebecers, has a role to play over the coming months so that Quebecers have all the information and can maintain a minimum of confidence in the government,” said the new leader.
Listen to the full interview in the video above.