“No need to choose a side” in the saga involving him and Catherine Dorion, assures Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. Six years after taking office, the solidarity co-spokesperson says he is in a process of continuous improvement. “We all have things to learn. In six years, I have changed. I continue in that direction,” said the elected official in a press scrum in Montreal on Thursday.
He was questioned for the first time about Ms. Dorion’s book, The Heads burned, who criticizes his leadership style within Québec solidaire.
A little over a week before the QS members' congress, the MP for Gouin does not wish to fuel any “conflict” with his ex -colleague. “I am mentioned more than fifty times [in the book]. There are several elements that are highlighted. I don't have the taste — and I think it's not my responsibility — to engage in a debate on each of these elements,” he said.
< p>“The members of Québec solidaire expect me, as spokesperson, to send a message of listening and unity,” he added. GND is also delighted to have received earlier this week the support of the three candidates for the position of female co-spokesperson for the left-wing party.
He ensures that Ms. Dorion’s exit does not create any divisions at QS. “There is room for everyone at Québec solidaire. There are very different people who lived together there. Françoise David then Amir Khadir, it wasn't exactly the same style. »
In her work of nearly 400 pages, Ms. Dorion, former solidarity MP for Taschereau, known for her outspokenness, claims to have suffered on a few occasions during her mandate “emotional pressures and [the] power negotiations” of his party’s co-spokesperson. She describes the job of a parliamentarian as that of a “zombie tribune, self-effacing, scripted [and] unfit to make history.”
If he refuses to comment individually criticism aimed at him, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois is saddened to see the impact that the policy had on Ms. Dorion's mental health. “No one should come out of such a devious political commitment. Beyond disagreements,” he said. “I think we were all saddened to see how affected Catherine came out. This is never acceptable, ever. »
Mr. Nadeau-Dubois is the only candidate in the race for the position of male co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, which ends on November 26 in Gatineau.