(Quebec) It is the beginning of a “new cycle” to lead to the independence of Quebec.
This is the conclusion of the new PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, who on Saturday presented a new “national project” to the militants of the Parti Québécois (PQ), gathered in a virtual national council. The document will be debated by the authorities in the coming months to be adopted by congress in the fall of 2021.
“I do see a new cycle” to lead to independence, said the new leader in his closing speech, commenting on a poll suggesting that 40% of Quebecers would say yes to sovereignty if there was a referendum .
If it forms the next government in 2022, the PQ would propose a referendum on independence and a “de-globalized” Quebec.
Thus, after having postponed the holding of a referendum under their former leader Jean-François Lisée, the PQ are now back to independence in a hurry.
A possible PQ government led by Paul St-Pierre Plamondon would spend public funds to promote his option and would therefore hold a popular consultation for Quebec to become a country.
He would also commit to “de-globalizing” Quebec, that is to say, in particular to increasing local industrial production so as to be less dependent on goods imported from elsewhere.
In the same vein, the PQ government would fight tax havens: it would stop doing business with companies that resort to this tax avoidance scheme.
In addition, the PQ want not only to get Quebec out of Canada, but also to “decanadianize” it, in other words to get Canada out of Quebec.
Thus, a PQ government would legislate in Ottawa’s areas of jurisdiction when it deemed that the federal government’s inaction would harm Quebec’s interests.
Also, he would denounce the use of Quebec taxes to subsidize the Alberta oil industry.