The new PQ leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, denounces the artificial nationalism of the CAQ and hopes to rekindle the flame for independence and his party.
Its main challenge is to bring back into its fold the disappointed PQ who, over the years, have deserted to the CAQ or QS.
It is true that the CAQ has shown itself to be astoundingly soft in expressing its nationalism. As for QS, pragmatism is not always there.
The task of the new leader will not be easy. Despite its nationalist softness, the CAQ continues to be at the top of the polls and QS maintains its voting intentions while maintaining ambiguity over its independence project.
St-Pierre Plamondon comes at a time when attention is being captured by the management of the pandemic by the federal and provincial governments, thus leaving multiple issues in the shadow.
In addition to dealing with the pandemic, issues of racism and child abuse are among the few hot topics.
Contrary to what one might have anticipated, the pandemic has turned into a boon for the Caquista government, which wonderfully erases its shortcomings, both economically, culturally and linguistically.
The situation of the French language has become more than worrying in the metropolitan region without Minister Jolin-Barrette firmly addressing the decline.
Hundreds of millions of dollars will be invested in expanding English-speaking institutions such as Dawson College and McGill University without the public taking offense. Ministers LeBel and McCann can sleep peacefully.
A loss of $ 794 million to the Economic Development Fund without an explanation of the reasons for the write-off does not anger taxpayers more, leaving Minister Fitzgibbon to get away with it.
Quebec flagships are fading away, such as Bombardier, Cirque du Soleil and Air Transat, without even citizens taking the time to be upset in the time of COVID-19. Chevalier Legault’s armor is rather fragile in the face of the relocation of headquarters and our economy.
Indifference, a formidable enemy
Bécaud sang that indifference destroys the world. St-Pierre Plamondon will quickly realize that it constitutes the major obstacle to its project in this era of pandemic.
Worse yet, in a fragmented society where electoral patronage and individualism dominate, the task appears daunting. But it is not impossible!
The new leader will have to present a clear vision of the PQ project, demonstrate integrity free from the dodging that characterized several of his predecessors and above all know how to be patient.
His time will come because empty shells will eventually crack and Quebeckers will find that there is not that much difference between the Liberals and the Caquists.
That day, St-Pierre Plamondon must have completed the refit on the PQ ship! Otherwise, it will be added to the empty shells.