PLQ: a vote of confidence for Dominique Anglade within a year

PLQ: a vote of confidence for Dominique Anglade within a year


A candidate for the presidency of the Liberal Party of Quebec, former finance minister Carlos Leitao wants the leader, Dominique Anglade, to win the vote of confidence to which she will have to submit within a year. A position which is however not shared by all in the liberal family.

“I think Dominique should stay. Now is not the time to divide. She must continue the work she started to rebuild and refocus the PLQ,” says the former MP for Robert-Baldwin bluntly.  

Carlos Leitao does not hide it, he is an early supporter of the current liberal leader. “From day one, from even the moment she told me that she might be thinking of getting into [the race] for leadership, I strongly encouraged her to get into leadership,” says- he.  

He will be in the running for the position of new president of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), which should be chosen in the coming days. The seat was held so far by Linda Caron, candidate in the election who won the riding of La Pinière.  

The presidency is a highly strategic function since the executive committee of the party will have to determine when the next convention will be held. According to the rules of the constitution of the political formation, it must take place by the end of November 2023.   

If he raised his hand to occupy this position, it is also because the PLQ is in a delicate financial situation. With less than 15% of the popular vote on Monday, Dominique Anglade's troops will see their annual public funding decrease by around 40% compared to the last four years.

“I think the party's attention must be sure to prepare the strategy for the next election, but also perhaps, above all, to ensure that we are financially viable. We have work to do on that,” he said.  

Holding a vote of confidence quickly could serve Dominique Anglade because it would not leave much preparation time for potential rivals interested in his position. Conversely, holding the congress only next year could allow the leader to establish her authority and take her ease as an opposition figure to François Legault in the National Assembly.

But the strategy runs the risk of being eclipsed by the financial means of the QLP, which will guide the moment of holding this great gathering of members.  

“We have to hold a congress, yes, but then there, we will have to look carefully at how we are going to do it. The good old conventions of the good old days are expensive. So there is that too. There's a lot to watch, and that's why I think there's no rush, no rush to jump right into very tight deadlines. We're really going to have to examine, be very pragmatic, look reality in the face and adjust.” 

If Carlos Leitao pleads for stability after a historic defeat, others are more of the opinion that the time has come to give a new leader to the PLQ.  

Even in the middle of the marathon election, while the tiles were piling up day after day for Dominique Anglade, some of his deputies did not hesitate to enumerate people who would have done better.  

The former Liberal minister “Pierre Moreau would have performed better”, whispered an elected official to our Parliamentary Office mid-campaign. Reached by telephone, the principal concerned had then argued that the Liberal leadership was not currently in his plans.  

A few days before the election, the interest of MP Marc Tanguay for the leadership interim, in the event that the chief loses her own riding, has irritated more than one. But in the aftermath of the vote, her public support for the leader was well received.  

Former PLQ deputies still criticize Dominique Anglade for having orchestrated a “cut” with his predecessors, instead of operating a “transition”.

Some maintain that the leader did not seek the help of long-time organizers and would have refused candidacies from former Liberal elected officials who wanted to come and lend a hand to the party. “We cannot say: we take the name, we leave the Liberal machine aside and we look at the result!” 

The performance of the PLQ in the regions, where a good number of candidates arrived well latest, also sends shivers down the spine of former Liberal MPs. According to them, you have to get closer to the militant base, and Ms. Anglade is not the woman for the job. And they intend to make it known during the vote of confidence at the next convention.  

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