The Bloc Québécois proposes to redefine the party's mission
The leader of the Bloc, Yves-François Blanchet, believes that this proposal will breathe a breath of fresh air into the party.
The Bloc Québécois tabled on Saturday, during its general council, a proposal to define the mission of the party and which will be submitted to the vote of the delegates in view of the National Training Congress in May 2023.
Entitled We, Quebecers, the thirty-page document raises the various principles presented by the Bloc, and will be debated, amended and adopted at the congress to make it the new program of political training.
According to the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, this proposal will breathe a breath of fresh air into the party, in addition to reaffirming its values in connection with the development economy of Quebec.
All the space is left to activists within a framework of principles that we have defined, explained the leader in an interview with The Canadian Press on the sidelines of the council. […] This is the first time that we have had complete freedom to define, refine and actualize our identity, our intentions and our vision, and we did it by trying to ;be innovative.
This is the first time that the Bloc has engaged in an exercise of this kind, and Mr. Blanchet has said extraordinarily happy with how it went, adding that he had been very involved in the drafting process.
The proposal brings together themes central to the party, such as secularism, relations with indigenous peoples, language issues and the environment, among others.
Mr. Blanchet said in an interview that he wanted to advance the debate on sovereignty, which he believes is illustrated by generous immigration, but in French, as well as an ecological discourse incompatible with that of Canada. The proposal thus aims to refresh independence notions, but adapting to the rhythm of Quebecers.
“I don't want us to pretend that tomorrow morning, 60% of Quebecers will vote 'yes'. in the referendum; it is wrong. It is by listening to them and discussing that we will return to the magic number of 50% and more.
—Yves-François Blanchet, Leader of the Bloc Québécois
Asked about the reconciliation between the environmental cause and the creation of wealth, the leader of the party argued that Quebec should claim its power as a global player by asserting itself as a nation in its own right.
The fight against climate change is a global debate. To participate in the global debate, you have to be a country. […] It is much more difficult for a province, and even more for a party inside, to make real international relations.
He also said that Canada was one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to oil and pointed out the contradictions within the federal government, particularly in relation to the funding of operating territories in the oil industry. North Atlantic.
Mr. Blanchet concluded by recalling the inefficient relations between the indigenous peoples and the federal government which, according to him, only buys peace with a check without granting them a real right to speak.
Those who go furthest in recognizing the right to self-determination of Indigenous nations are the Bloc Québécois, he summarized.
The General Council, which was held at the Granby Convention Center in Estrie, brought together party deputies, riding presidents, the youth forum and members of the national office. During the day, the Bloc Québécois also adopted the rules for the next National Convention.