“Strategies” policies: good and harmful …

Taking leave of journalists to discuss with Philippe Couillard, Wednesday afternoon, Jean-François Lisée indulged in a joke: “I wonder if I should not send Catherine Fournier in my place” …

The star of the day was his young MP for Marie-Victorin. The day before, she had stood up to the Prime Minister and questioned him about the appointment to the boards of Crown corporations of people who had a connection with the Liberal Party of Quebec.

It is not the so-called “paternalism” that would have been demonstrated by Mr. Couillard who is to be remembered; it is the MP’s tenacity and tenacity, even if the reality of “partisan appointments” is much more nuanced than she has presented. In this case, Ms. Fournier was in a strategy planned and thought by the Parti Québécois.

Marie-Victorin MP, Catherine Fournier, 26 years old
Marie-Victorin MP, Catherine Fournier, 26 years old
By evoking a “closure” to complete the path Roxham, Jean-François Lisée was not at all in a planned strategy upstream. Absolutely not.

He had called a scrum of the press to present two of his election candidates, including Paul St-Pierre Plamondon. At the very end, moving to something else, a reporter asked him how he would “close” Roxham Road. That’s when he dropped the word “fence”.

Members of the PQ Caucus were surprised to find out what their leader said. Nobody had been warned. And for good reason, since this case was not planned.

It was only afterwards, and after having sketched a step aside, that the PQ leader decided – and because he was now obliged – to transform his output into a strategy; take this opportunity to reiterate the reasons for its calls for the suspension of the “safe third country” agreement with the United States – which would allow asylum seekers to cross border crossings.

When Philippe Couillard spoke of “extreme right” on Wednesday to describe the Coalition avenir Québec, he was ostensibly in a strategy, a strategy of demonization.

Ten days ago, Minister Gaétan Barrette gave on this side, speaking of the CAQ as a “right-wing”, a “cold right”.

But in this strategy, Mr. Couillard suddenly pushed the plug too far. The proof? Ten days ago, the same Minister Barrette also said: “We do not have in Quebec, I think, political parties that can be described as extreme left or extreme right.”

Let’s wait to see to believe

Two sea snakes have reappeared in the National Assembly: proportional voting and the record of expenses of the deputies.

For these two subjects, however, we will have to wait to see to believe. Let us not doubt the sincerity of the Parti Québécois, the Coalition avenir Québec and Quebec Solidaire to introduce a bill to introduce a proportional system – if one of them takes power.

But if one of them forms the government, will it advance to the end even if citizens end up judging too complex a proportional system? Will it go to law in good standing when there are voices in some parts of Quebec to say that we should not increase the size of ridings – because there will have to be less to make room for “list deputies”?

The same skepticism is about the real follow-up that will be made to the unanimous resolution calling for “a detailed report of the expenses to be published after each of the parliamentary missions” of the Quebec deputies abroad.

Logically, and for it to be serious, it would be necessary that this sudden will applies to all the allowances of the elected officials, that they are linked to their “annual allowance of expenses”, to their “allowance of displacement in the electoral district and elsewhere in Quebec “,” reimbursement of housing expenses in Quebec “and” reimbursement of travel expenses “.

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