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Jacques Boissinot Archives The Canadian Press The PQ leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, asserts that Québec solidaire is engaging in “negative politics” by asserting that the Parti Québécois advocates a “closed independence”.

Québec solidaire (QS) is engaging in “negative politics” by asserting that the Parti Québécois (PQ) advocates “closed independence,” and this can only hurt it, believes PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon. /p>

“What I mean by “negative politics” is to discredit your opponents, to distort words, to amplify through the words you choose to try to make a small political gain,” underlined the elected representative of Camille-Laurin Tuesday morning, on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony of MP Pascal Paradis.

“If Québec solidaire makes that choice, that’s up to [it], but I don’t think the population particularly appreciates this kind of approach,” he continued.

Meetings Monday evening during a debate on independence, the three candidates for the position of female co-spokesperson for QS — Christine Labrie, Émilise Lessard-Therrien and Ruba Ghazal — attacked in chorus “divisive” nationalist postures. of the Coalition Avenir Québec and the PQ.

“When I see the PQ having a speech about closing the borders, for me, it is not progressive. […] I don't see how we can think of achieving the independence of Quebec with such a divisive approach,” said the member for Sherbrooke, Christine Labrie, who also agrees that independence is not for her “the priority.”

In a press scrum on Tuesday, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon deplored these “partisan attacks.” On the social network“I imagine that Québec solidaire, with 17% [of the vote in the by-election in Jean-Talon], is more unifying than the 44% of the Parti Québécois,” he wrote. “When Québec solidaire talks about the idea of ​​bringing together, I invite [it] to look at the verdict that the population of Jean-Talon gave it,” he added in the press scrum.

< p>The leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, also joined in by attacking the independence of QS, an independence “conditional on the party's program […] and, of course, on the condition of dealing with nationalists from racists.”

“The day after a debate dedicated to independence where no one called anyone racist, [Mr. Blanchet] attacks the biggest independence caucus in [the National Assembly]. It’s a shame,” replied solidarity co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois on X.

Speech on diversity


Sworn in on Tuesday morning, the new deputy for Jean-Talon, Pascal Paradis, took advantage of his speech at the Salon rouge to reiterate his independence convictions in front of family and colleagues. “That’s one of the reasons I got into politics. I will take it every day,” he said after taking an oath to the people of Quebec, and not to King Charles III.

“I envision us making Quebec an international capital,” said added the new elected official.

Present at the swearing-in, former PQ MP for Taschereau Agnès Maltais was delighted with the strong return of her political party to Quebec. “It looks like we’re not dead!” she meant. I spoke to people [during the campaign in Jean-Talon] who said: “I am a federalist, but…”

Monday evening, in debate, Ms. Labrie, Ms. Lessard- Therrien and Ghazal had long praised the “unifying” and “inclusive” independence of their party. During his speech, Mr. Paradis also wanted to address everyone when the time came to share his sovereignist project. “That our First Nations ancestors populated this land millennia ago, that we are the descendants of the French or the English who arrived here a few centuries ago, that we come from North African immigration, from sub-Saharan Africa, from Latin America, Haiti or elsewhere in the world, we are part of the same community,” he said.

The accession of Pascal Paradis to the post of deputy brings to four the number of PQ elected officials in the National Assembly and will allow the party to ask at least one question per day.

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