The rapid march towards independence that the new leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, intends to propose in the next elections will revolve around a process of “de-globalization” and “decanadianization” of Quebec.
This is what provides for the draft “national project” unveiled on the occasion of the very first national council of the Parti Québécois – in virtual mode – since the crowning of Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon at the head of the sovereignist formation. The document, which is less than thirty pages long, outlines the program that the Parti Québécois will submit to voters in the 2022 election.
As promised during the leadership race, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon would hold a referendum in a first term.
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As soon as he came to power, he would proceed with the appointment of a “Minister of State responsible for independence to coordinate all ministerial activities” related to it.
The Parti Québécois does not hide it, it would use “the financial means of the State in order to adequately prepare Quebec for independence”.
A possible PQ government would at the same time embark on a “process towards healthy de-globalization”. Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, for example, would distance himself from occult decision-making places such as Davos ”, where the World Economic Forum is held every year, a meeting in which even Prime Minister Pauline Marois has already participated.
The new “national project” of the Parti Québécois also proposes to embark on a process of “decanadianization”, which would imply defending Quebec secularism, in addition to legislating “in all areas of federal jurisdiction”.
“We are back, we are in the process of restarting the machine and we have the capacity,” said Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, addressing his activists without a written speech, or telepressor.
“Today, I allow us to dream,” launched the new PQ leader, who says he is encouraged, among other things, by the latest Léger poll in which support for sovereignty, 25 years after the last referendum, stands at 36 %.
“I will not hide from you that there are challenges,” warned the PQ leader. The first will be to put aside the “different” that the various leadership candidates and activists may have had during the race which ended on October 9th.
The second will be to replenish the coffers of the party which has only nine elected to the National Assembly.
In the era of “excessive polarization”, another challenge, according to Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, will be to stimulate the feeling of common belonging of Quebecers beyond their differences.
“The PQ must rebuild a grand coalition of independentists,” he summed up.