Liberal Party of Quebec: the pressure is increasing on the leader Anglade

Quebec Liberal Party: pressure is increasing on leader Anglade

, Marc-André Gagnon and Rémi Nadeau MISE À DAY

After a disastrous election result, pressure mounts another notch on Dominique Anglade to leave the helm of the Liberal ship with the failed attempt to bring MP Marie-Claude Nichols back home .

The leader of the PLQ failed to repair the broken pots with the member for Vaudreuil, whom she expelled. Ms. Nichols has rejected Dominique Anglade's outstretched hand and refuses to rejoin the Liberal caucus led by a leader she now has “zero trust”.

“I neither wish to be at the center of this distraction nor to be the lifeline of a leadership that strays into unexplained, thoughtless and hasty decisions,” reads a punchy letter delivered. yesterday to her former Liberal colleagues.

In the evening, in an interview with LCN, she added to this, stating bluntly that Dominique Anglade “must leave, and leave quickly”.

Scathingly, the MP pointed out that Ms. Anglade is “not even capable of assigning functions without the chicanery getting in the way”.

Chief challenged

And she's not the only one. The more days pass, the more allies become rare for Chief Anglade, whose authority is contested by former elected Liberals. 

Can she remain chief for much longer? “I'm going to admit it, really, I don't think so,” said former Liberal MP André Drolet, saying he shared the opinion of other former colleagues such as Lise Thériault, Jean D'Amour and Serge Simard, who publicly testified to their disappointment with Ms. Anglade's leadership. 

He also adds his voice to that of people who find that the episode with Mrs Nichols is the straw that broke the camel's back. 

For him, either Mrs Anglade leaves or the party urgently organizes a meeting to find a way to advance the vote of confidence as soon as possible. 

Like Mr. Drolet, former Minister Robert Poëti considers that the questioning, for Ms. Anglade, dates back to the elections of October 3. ” It's unfortunate, he's a good person, but obviously it wasn't a success,” summarized M. Poëti. 

”  She can't stay,” says another former MP who wishes to remain anonymous. “ She has to go, ideally before the return to parliament ” scheduled for November 29, drop another one. “She does not pass” among Quebecers, we insist.  

She clings on

But Dominique Anglade hangs on. In a statement released to the media yesterday, the Liberal leader “takes note” of the decision of the member for Vaudreuil, but she still leaves the door open for her return.

Several of her former colleagues are not surprised by her stubbornness in remaining at the head of the PLQ, despite the grumbling . “She has no judgement! laments an ex-comrade in arms. In her head, this position belongs to her and she is good. 

With this new leadership crisis in the PLQ, rumors and speculation are rife about potential successors.

In theory, the leader must submit to a vote of confidence at the next congress of the PLQ, which must be held within a year. 

EXTRACTS FROM AN EMAIL FROM MP MARIE-CLAUDE NICHOLS SENT TO HER FORMER LIBERAL COLLEAGUES

“I neither wish to be at the center of this distraction nor to be the lifeline of a leadership that strays into unexplained, thoughtless and hasty decisions. » 

“My beliefs of loyal and proud liberal are no longer to be proven, but it is clear that my confidence in the leader has been very badly shaken since my exclusion manu militari and what followed. »

“Despite the high opinion I have of each of you, it will be impossible for me to serve in a caucus led by a leader whom I do not fully trust. “

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POTENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR THE SUCCESSION OF DOMINIQUE ANGLADE MENTIONED IN THE RANKS OF THE PLQ  

Pierre Moreau

A former Liberal minister under Jean Charest and Philippe Couillard, the name of Pierre Moreau has been circulating in Liberal ranks for months.

The lawyer is a skilled communicator, but he has already made it known in the past that the leadership of the PLQ was not in his plans.

Mr. Moreau refused our interview request yesterday.   

André Fortin

The only Liberal MP elected outside Greater Montreal, the elected representative from Pontiac was on the starting blocks of the last campaign for the leadership of the PLQ, before abandoning the race for family reasons.   

Alain Rayes

Member of Parliament for Richmond–Arthabaska, Alain Rayes slammed the door of the Conservative Party of Canada after the victory of Pierre Poilievre and he now sits as an independent.

His regional profile appeals to many Quebec Liberals, especially since he gave his support to Jean Charest's candidacy for the leadership of the PCC.

In provincial politics, however, he has an ADQ past.

Joined yesterday, Alain Rayes reiterated that his goal was to complete his term at the federal level.

“I am in no way in a mode to solicit support or check my support for a leadership race for the PLQ,” he insisted. 

Joël Lightbound

Elected from Ottawa since 2015, the 34-year-old Liberal has distanced himself, on several issues, from Justin Trudeau's caucus in the last year.

According to our information, the young Lightbound would not close the door to a possible race to succeed Dominique Anglade.

Further on the recent Montreal image of the PLQ , he could revive training, some say.

However, other liberals maintain that he has no foundation among the troops and that he does not have the reputation of be the perfect team player. 

– With the collaboration of Nicolas Lachance

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