Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has come a long way since his first leadership race for the Parti Québécois in 2016. After the efforts he made, despite the setbacks, we can say that he did not steal his place in the big leagues.
Even though it had only garnered six percent support, St-Pierre Plamondon received a standing ovation at the members’ convention in Lévis in October 2016.
“You have to overcome fear when you do things for the right reasons,” he said, after having made a good impression, especially because of his spontaneity and the new ideas he had brought.
He had no chance, especially against Jean-François Lisée who had finally won, but, aware that he had done well, he declared: “For me, it is more a starting point than ‘a finish line. “
Subsequently, the course of the merry recruit was ruined.
Lisée appointed him an advisor and gave him the task of leading a consultation tour on the party. But the uncompromising portrait he painted in his report Dare to rethink the PQ was, however, poorly received by the party establishment which he described as “frozen, conservative and aging.”
A few months later, St-Pierre Plamondon was dumped.
In the first pages of the book Rebuild the Yes camp, which he has just published, the young lawyer says that the party had cavalierly deregistered from the congress where his recommendations would however be debated. He had become an outcast. It was through the media that he learned that the party had terminated his contract and he found himself unemployed.
Resilient, he nevertheless took up the pilgrim’s baton and presented his candidacy under the PQ banner in the 2018 election, in the riding of Prévost, in the Laurentians.
At the time of his decision, the odds seemed good, but the CAQ completely deflated his tires by announcing that the star Marguerite Blais would be his opponent.
Suddenly, the hope of victory evaporated. The ex-host gives him a beating, collecting double the votes.
He admits in his book that he struggled to keep from crying when he appeared in front of the few activists gathered that evening, he was so “disappointed, and even a little ashamed” of the result.
Once again, he who had taken the trouble to settle in the county, found himself with nothing, while having to take down his election signs in the evenings with his wife. A painting that looks like Used happiness…
Under these circumstances, it is quite astonishing that after finding a good job in a law firm in the Outaouais, St-Pierre Plamondon chose to launch into a vacuum again, when his wife was pregnant with her. second child in addition! But this time was the right one. Even if it barely oscillated the needle of the supports during the first soundings.
The race being close, the last few miles were grueling. His rambling, jerky victory speech seemed proof of that.
During an interview on Thursday in a small, almost empty office, at the back of the top floor of the parliament occupied by the PQ, he does not take long to respond when asked how he will be able to establish his authority, in a group parliamentarian much more experienced than him. While there is a real risk that he will be seen as an apprentice chef in shorts, he retorts: “I have shown that I am a worker and that I have the knife between my teeth. […] It’s contagious in an organization. “
Looking at him, the features drawn after a long race won especially by dint of hard work, hard not to believe it!
His resilience has earned him the opportunity to find himself on the same rink as François Legault, Dominique Anglade and Manon Massé.
Of course, the party is dying, and the CAQ outrageously dominates the polls. But his opponents should avoid underestimating him …
The announcement of the comedian’s candidacy was seen as a turning point in the PQ leadership race. He did not even contact the elected PQ and his campaign remained on the sidelines. He said, however, that with his notoriety, he was the only one able to convince Quebecers to return to the idea of sovereignty.
Francois Legault, CAQ
We liked that the Prime Minister took advantage of a question asked by a journalist from Radio X, during a press briefing, to send a clear message in favor of respect for health instructions. Even though many 2018 CAQ voters are part of the Quebec City station’s audience, he did not put on white gloves. “I won’t hide from you that I have a hard time with you, Mr. Radio X.”
Marwah Rizqy, PLQ
Not only did the member for Saint-Laurent lend a hand to a school victim of a labor shortage, by agreeing to go and do substitute work in class, she also paid tribute to the PQ colleague. Véronique Hivon on Twitter. Well done !
Caroline Proulx, CAQ
We feared that there would be no skiing in the red zone. The public health authorities have sent ski centers a few times to redo their homework before accepting their practice plan in compliance with health measures, and the Minister of Tourism has given a boost in the discussions. A victory for her.
When asked by Global on the acronym of the new PSPP leader in English, Pascal Bérubé had fun humming it to the tune of the rap hit by Naughty by nature, OPP. An esteemed success on social networks …
The quote of the week
“Crooks in the police, you’d be surprised how many there are, it’s regular. “
– The suspended CEO of the SQ, Martin Prud’homme, in an interview with Mario Dumont, at LCN