There are these shock MPs who, unlike Claire Samson – the Conservative MP about to leave – are not “green plants”< strong>. Pascal Bérubé is one of those elected officials who are anything but extras.
MNA for Matane since 2007, however, as I wrote recently, he risks taking out the only Parti Québécois MNA on the evening of the October 3 election.
For several weeks, Mr. Bérubé and his unelected leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, obviously said they were exasperated to read and hear so many umpteenth PQ obituaries in the media.
Pascal Bérubé being busy with others courageously holding the strong for what was once a great political party, this reaction is completely understandable.
There is surely nothing jojo to toil to prevent his ship from sinking while observers, whose job it is all the same, make the detailed description of the sinking in question.
For the PQ, already in decline for more than 20 years, the reality is no less brutal.
Unless there is an incredible turnaround, under the steamroller of the CAQ, the PQ risks indeed the virtual disappearance. Despite even quality candidacies, including that of Alexis Deschênes in Bonaventure.
For Pascal Bérubé, a passionate being and a brilliant mind coupled with a tireless workaholic, the challenge promises to be pharaonic. Carrying the possibility of sitting alone in the National Assembly for his party is not made for the faint of heart.
The heart, just like his colleague from Joliette, Véronique Hivon – who will not run again – , the member for Matane has yet very sensitive. Fortunately, by the way.
Because in this Quebec where, for nearly 30 years, governments have deconstructed whole sections of services for the most vulnerable people – the pandemic has confirmed this to us – big hearts like those of Pascal Bérubé and Véronique Hivon, there we would have to clone them ad infinitum.
They are also sovereignists. This hated word, now confined to the CAQ's dungeon, nevertheless continues to exist. Even without “the numbers”. Even without the Grand Soir at the end of the road.
Both burden and challenge
This is precisely where Pascal Bérubé will find both his heaviest burden and his greatest challenge.
If, after the October 3, he finds himself alone in the Blue Room – or barely accompanied by one or two other miraculous elected PQ members – how to prevent the very idea of independence from sinking into oblivion for good?
Will another serious political vehicle eventually emerge to carry the sovereignty project? Possible, but unlikely. And Québec solidaire?
As a progressive party above all – and its support in the electorate being polarized between sovereignists and federalists – it is hard to believe that it could take up the same torch without risking a schism in its own ranks .
Unless, on the other side of the Outaouais, the Bloc Québécois and its leader, Yves-François Blanchet, one day come to the rescue? Unless, on the contrary, they choose their comfort in the other national capital? The seers are smart.
In the meantime, Pascal Bérubé will not be idle. Do we not say that it is in adversity that we recognize what a person is really made of?
When we know what solid wood the member for Matane has been basking in for a long time, only to hold out in the tornado, he will surely be able to do it with panache.