A referendum to prevent Louisianization, pleads PSPP

A referendum to prevent Louisianization, argues PSPP< /p> UPDATE DAY

It's a matter of decades before Quebec becomes like Louisiana due to the decline of French, argues Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, assuring that a vote for the Parti Québécois is a vote for a referendum in a first term.

“Yes, it is a vote for independence to happen. An assumed vote for independence,” said the leader of the Parti Québécois in an editorial interview with our Parliamentary Office. “It's not just about making Quebec a country, it's also about reversing the decline of the French language.”  

In one of its advertisements, the PQ illustrates a Quebec that will be invaded by a red wave by 2050, like the image of a virus that will spread there until its total disappearance.  

“It is symbolic to demonstrate that anglicization as we have seen in other provinces will take a growing place,” he mentioned. “Ultimately, if we let the decline at this speed take place, it's a matter of decades before Quebec meets the same fate as the other Canadian provinces, Louisiana and other places.”&nbsp ;

Not a good situation

St-Pierre Plamondon, however, refuses to use the superlative “suicidal” as François Legault did to define the risks linked to higher immigration thresholds. 

“I don't see many happy scenarios for the Francophonie in America and for Quebec if we stay in Canada. Canada has a linguistic and cultural decline in store for us”

But, “we must not embellish” a situation which “is not beautiful”, nevertheless pleads the leader of the PQ. 

“In an accelerated rhythm of the decline of French, things can go very quickly. Because there is no critical mass of French speakers in certain regions of Quebec.”  

The chief therefore wishes to lower the immigration thresholds to 35,000 newcomers per year, or 15,000 less than the CAQ. He also campaigns for 100% Francophone economic immigration.  

“We can choose to correct the situation. We have to do it”, he reiterated, arguing that “there is no future for French” in the current model. 

Little turbulence

He believes that his rise in the polls also demonstrates that there is a definite appetite for Quebec independence, even “significantly” among young people, and that the election campaign finally gives him the space to speak.  

According to PSPP, a referendum process is possible, “regardless of the economic circumstances”; even after a pandemic, an inflationary crisis or a recession. 

The PQ leader adds that Quebec would experience economic turbulence “much less” intense than the forecasts established during the two previous losing referendums. 

“In a globalized economy, where international agreements apply fairly uniformly, the same goes for monetary policies (…) the economic risk of deciding for ourselves has greatly diminished”, claims the PQ leader.

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