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Nadeau-Dubois in favor of leadership races at QS

Photo: Jacques Boissinot La Presse canadienne Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois a tenu à préciser qu’il n’est « pas question de mettre fin au système des deux porte-parole ».

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is not the one who proposed organizing “leadership races” at Québec solidaire (QS), but the co-spokesperson for the left-wing party welcomes this possibility.

“Québec solidaire is growing, and the operation that the founders of Québec solidaire gave themselves in 2006 corresponded very well to the reality […] of 2006. Here, we are 18 years later, we have reached elsewhere,” argued Mr. Nadeau-Dubois on Tuesday. He was reacting to the revelations of Devoir according to which the party is considering making one of its spokespersons a leader “within the meaning of the Electoral Act” to raise funding in future leadership races.

Although preliminary, this idea, which was presented in a survey to members at the end of 2023, could make headway and result in a formal proposal in the fall. QS will then decide on an in-depth overhaul of its statutes and regulations.

“Personally, I think we need to modernize these provisions of our statutes,” agreed Mr. Nadeau-Dubois, who plays, in tandem with Émilise Lessard-Therrien, the role of spokesperson solidarity words. “How, exactly ? What is the right modality ? My thinking is not made up. »

Unlike most political parties, QS has two spokespersons to represent it on the national scene. As the Electoral Law requires parties to have a leader, it is traditionally the general secretary of QS who has held this title. He therefore holds certain administrative powers, such as the approval of electoral candidacies.

In a member survey, which ended in December, the party raised the idea of ​​holding leadership races, and therefore appointing one of its co-spokespeople the position of leader. This title would only be symbolic, it is assured, because decisions relating to national orientations would continue to be taken by the National Coordination Committee, of which the spokespersons are a part.

Tuesday, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois made it clear that the current system was in no danger of disappearing. “There is no question of putting an end to the system of two spokespersons, neither in my mind nor in the mind of management,” underlined the elected official from Gouin.

In any case, he said, “it’s not a proposal yet, it’s a survey.” “The survey was piloted by [a] group of activists who come from almost all regions. So, it’s not me or the party leadership that wrote the poll,” he added.

According to QS, presidential races are “synonymous with a significant expense” for the party. According to its latest audited financial report made public by the Director General of Elections of Quebec, the left-wing party left the year 2022 with a shortfall in revenues and expenses of nearly $1.4 million. Data for 2023 has not yet been released.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116