Archive | 15 years ago, Pauline Marois became leader of the Parti Québécois

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Archives | 15 years ago, Pauline Marois became leader of the Parti Québécois

Pauline Marois was elected leader of the Parti Québécois on June 26, 2007

On June 27, 2007, Pauline Marois was confirmed as leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ). Never before had a woman led this political formation. This unprecedented situation did not scare Pauline Marois, whose career was marked by several firsts.

In June 1985, the Premier of Quebec, René Lévesque, resigned as head of the Parti Québécois.

Pauline Marois, Minister of Manpower and Income Security, is entering the race to succeed him.

The candidacy of a woman to become leader of a political party is then unusual.

Reports by journalists Gilles Morin and Louise Lafontaine on the candidacy for the leadership of the PQ and the career of Pauline Marois

On July 22, 1985, the Téléjournal, hosted by Jean Ducharme, presented two reports by journalists Gilles Morin and Louise Lafontaine which paint a portrait of a woman successfully combining the functions of member of a government and mother of a family.

PQ members still prefer Pierre-Marc Johnson to become the new leader.

In 2005, Pauline Marois aspired to succeed Bernard Landry as leader of the PQ.

Report by journalist Catherine Kovacs on the launch of Pauline's leadership campaign to succeed Bernard Landry.

But as recalled by the report by journalist Catherine Kovacs broadcast on Téléjournalof August 17, 2005, and led by Céline Galipeau, her campaign did not arouse much enthusiasm.

During this leadership race, Pauline Marois was beaten by André Boisclair.

Many PQ activists then voted for the latter because he brought a breath of fresh air to the PQ.

In 2006, Pauline Marois, for whom the heart is no longer in it according to her own expression, announces that she is leaving political life.

But this is not a definitive departure, we will soon see.

During the general elections of March 26, 2007, the PQ under the leadership of André Boisclair suffered a heavy defeat which leads to his resignation.

Pauline Marois then tried for a third time to become leader of the PQ.

In June 2007, she was elected without opposition.

If she succeeds in this tour de force, it is largely thanks to her considerable experience in political and governmental machinery.

It should be mentioned, Pauline Marois is the person who has held the greatest number of ministerial positions in the history of Quebec.

She notably headed very important economic ministries.

Excerpt from the presentation by Prime Minister Jacques Parizeau of the Council of Ministers in which Pauline Marois becomes President of the Treasury Board.

September 26, 1994, as this excerpt from the special broadcast of the presentation of the Council of Ministers, the new Premier of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau, appoints her President of the Treasury Board.

The head of government then pronounces very complimentary sentences on the one who, at the very beginning of his career, had been his press attaché.

Jacques Parizeau also makes an observation.

Gender equality advances in a society when it is a woman who holds the reins of the purse or the checkbook in her hands.

Then, on November 3, 1995, Pauline Marois was propelled Minister of Finance by Jacques Parizeau.

She will remain in office until January 29, 1996.

Her departure from the Ministère des Finances enabled her to achieve, in 1997, one of the accomplishments of which she is perhaps the most proud.

She created the Early Childhood Centers (CPE), while she was Minister of Education and the Family.

Even today, CPEs are still considered one of the pillars of Quebec's social policy.

She will return to the Ministry of Finance between March 2001 and April 2003 within the government of Bernard Landry.

“Well, today, in the absence of candidates, nothing stands in the way of his crowning. She who had failed in her first two attempts to become leader of the Parti Québécois. »

— Bernard Derome, June 26, 2007

Report by parliamentary correspondent Sébastien Bovet on the election of Pauline Marois as head of the Parti Québécois

The The words of the Téléjournal anchor on the day of the confirmation of his election as head of the PQ sum up the feat that Pauline Marois has just accomplished.

The report of the correspondent at the National Assembly, Sébastien Bovet, recalls that the multiple efforts of Pauline Marois to lead the PQ are similar to a way of the cross.

She had to wait 22 years to satisfy his ambition to succeed René Lévesque.

Sébastien Bovet also points out that Pauline Marois has big challenges to overcome to reinvigorate the PQ.

Less than 30% of voters chose to vote for this party in the March 2007 general election.

Worse, the sovereignist party lost its official opposition status in favor of Mario Dumont's Action démocratique du Québec.

The PQ needs to reconnect with Quebecers, who are tired of the PQ's insistence on holding a third referendum on independence.

Pauline Marois wants to put forward proposals that really speak to Quebecers.

It is through these proposals that we will be able to evoke the creation of a new country, believes the PQ leader.

Time is running out.

The government of Prime Minister Jean Charest is in a minority and could call an election at any time.

In the 2008 general election, it regains official opposition status for the PQ.

She is only one step away from the chair she has coveted for decades.

That of the Premier of Quebec.

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