In free fall, we cling to what we can. No wonder Dominic Anglade It kept its standard of 21 positions for a respectable result Monday evening.
“Quebecers have given the Liberal Party a clear mandate as the official opposition,” she declared.
This is wrong. A voting system that gave the PLQ an official opposition mandate, nothing more.
Because, whichever way you look at the results, the QLP suffered the most bitter defeat in its history. Neither Dominique Anglade nor his forces could seriously claim an alternative to the Legault government.
PLQ is now a niche party.
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Math doesn’t lie. Thanks to its deep foundations west of Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal, PLQ emerged on Monday evening.
Again, she is the beneficiary of the great electoral distortion in the metropolis. Even on the island, she won only 35% of the vote.
French-speaking Quebec, however, relegated it to the fringes of political life. In 68% of ridings, excluding Montreal and Laval, the PLQ received less than 5% of the vote.
In Beuys, he convinced only 2.8% of voters. He also ranked fifth in historic forts like Megantic and Arthabasca. With a star candidate like the ex-mayor of Magog, it’s painful and distressing that he mustered 15% support.
Of course, the Liberal Party is essentially the party of Anglophones, Allophones and some Francophones.
A long and difficult crossing of the desert for PLQ begins.
It is more than the liberal machine that needs revitalizing: it is the party’s vision.
It is no longer enough to blame the Charest-Coulard years. CAQ took the economy away from him. Electoral mathematics enhances its nationalist revival.
Moreover, the failure of the “ECO Project” to motivate voters clearly demonstrates that restructuring requires more than slogans and poorly conceived concepts.
The Liberal Party will have to craft a discourse that resonates beyond its Montreal bastions. François Legault is not enough to blame the division.
It is necessary to create an alternative to his nationalism, which he assures is above all interested in these French-speaking majority areas.
We talk a lot about the great electoral distortion. We now understand that PLQ can benefit like CAQ.
So it will be up to Dominic Anglade to do his part to resolve this in the National Assembly. In this regard, she preferred to be laconic.
Although François Legault has clearly indicated that he is willing to give speaking time and resources to the Parti Québécois and the Quebec Solidaire in the National Assembly, it is “open to negotiations” .
What a mistake!
By refusing to comply, we risk perpetuating the denial of democracy that is so troubling today.
If the PLQ one day hopes to rebuild its foundations in French-speaking Quebec, it must begin by recognizing that it is completely disconnected from it.
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Bernard Drainville, New Education commentator