The victory of Pierre Poilievre at the head of the Conservative Party on the federal scene will “exacerbate” a reflection among Quebecers in relation to their belonging to Canada, believes the leader of the PQ Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.
The incisive and provocative tone of the new Conservative leader during the leadership race, which does not fit with that of the PQ, specified Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, could rekindle the flame separatist of some.
“Clearly this Conservative Party race does not resemble the tone we use in Quebec,” he said.
“And that can lead Quebecers to ask themselves: what connects us to the rest of Canada in this Trudeau-Poilievre equation?, he illustrated. What binds us to the rest of Canada in this obligation that we would have, regardless of the government, to send billions of our money in the oil sands of Alberta. I think it will exacerbate some thoughts about our future.”
However, the leader of the PQ is careful not to describe this victory as good or bad news.
Wokism and the French language
However, during his speech of victory on Saturday evening, Mr. Poilievre praised, in French, the Quebec nation. He said he wanted to give hope to Quebecers so that they regain control over their decisions instead of being “controlled” by a “centralizing” government and “woke in Ottawa”. He added that the French language held a very special place in his heart.
“My father, who has French-Canadian origins […] transmitted to me the importance of preserving French,” he declared before adding that the Conservatives in the country have a lot to learn from Quebecers.
“Quebecers defend their heritage, their culture and their language. They don't apologize. The Quebec nation stands up to wokisme,” he declared.
“If Mr. Poilievre likes French and wants to be a defender of French, that's a good thing,” reacted Paul St-Pierre Plamondon. But the fact remains that the two leaders have opposing interests, he said.
“There are plenty of subjects where we can be very, very friendly and respectful, but our interests are not reconcilable and that will emerge clearly, I believe, from what we have seen of the Conservative campaign,” he explains.
He cites the place of the religion in Western Canada which is not the same as in Quebec.
“We spend from our pockets through our taxes sent to Ottawa 2 billion and something in gifts and subsidies to the oil industry and that's under a Trudeau government that boasts of planting trees and loving the environment. . Imagine under a Poilièvre Conservative government how this stake and interest are irreconcilable,” he added.
As for the “wokism” mentioned by Mr. Poilièvre and the fact that Quebec would stand up to it, Mr. Saint-Pierre Plamondon confirms that the province has a different conception from that of the rest of Canada. “That's clear,” he added.
He cites multiculturalism, freedom of expression and the culture of cancellation, in particular. He clarified, however, that the word “wokism” is Mr. Poilievre's term and not his own.
“The problem with this word is that it includes everything and nothing,” he said. says.
“There are biased and the first that I identify is the environment, the place of religion, individualism, freedom of expression, there are several”, continues -il.
“We in Quebec, I think we take freedom of expression more seriously,” he explains. Eliminating words…in Quebec there is no support for that, whereas in Canada it seems to go without saying, removing books from libraries. »
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