PLQ: disillusioned tomorrows

PLQ: disappointing tomorrows


The observation is brutal, but undeniable. Under Dominique Anglade, the Quebec Liberal Party fell from Charybdis to Scylla. Or put another way, he went from disaster to disaster.

The disaster was in 2018. Reduced to 25% of the vote, under Philippe Couillard — one of the worst prime ministers in modern history of Quebec — the Liberals were already suffering their worst electoral defeat to date.

The catastrophe came on October 3rd. At 14.37% of the vote, the PLQ suffered an even worse defeat. Even his popular vote has dropped by half. 

Only our outdated voting system has allowed the PLQ, thanks to its Anglophone and allophone votes, to maintain its status as the official opposition. Faced with such disastrous results, this consolation is very small.

After leading a disorganized campaign like never before, the Liberal leader has also since accumulated strategic blunders and errors of judgment. 

The most recent is his decision to outright expel his MP Marie-Claude Nichols from the caucus for a completely trivial disagreement. For many longtime Liberals, this was the proverbial straw too many. 

With your visor up

After anonymous calls for the resignation of Mrs. Anglade launched by the media in the days following the election, other calls, now with raised visor, therefore followed. Including that, without pardon, of former minister Lise Thériault.

As incitement to a putsch, difficult to make clearer. Even departures within the liberal machine are increasing. Another obvious sign of disavowal.

While Dominique Anglade finds herself forced to try to pick up the pots that she herself broke, she nevertheless persists in hanging on. 

Considering the work as a whole, including first of all the worst defeat of the PLQ since its founding in 1867, it is enough to lose what little Latin we have left. 

However, all parties combined, history teaches us that most leaders who, despite a heartbreaking defeat, have hung on, end up being dismissed, in one way or another, by their own base.< /p>

You have to know how to leave

To use the legendary words of Charles Aznavour, the reality is indeed that “you have to know how to leave the table when the love is served. Without clinging, looking pitiful. 

This is why, if Ms. Anglade does not leave the chiefdom of her own accord soon, the discontent within her party will grow. In which case the vote of confidence to which she would then have to submit within a year would serve her as a serious humiliation.

Because the real problem is that by hanging on, Dominique Anglade is stealing part of the precious time it will desperately need to regenerate itself in any way under a new administration. 

The reality is that its reconstruction promises to be herculean. Without a new leader, it would simply be impractical. 

Faced with the tenacious popularity of the CAQ among Francophones and the disappearance of the “separatist threat” as its main business , the QLP is waking up to its destiny.

If it were to fail to “reinvent” itself for real during the next mandate, the risk is that in the 2026 elections, it could even lose its official opposition status.

PLQ: disappointing tomorrows