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Summer reading suggestions for our politicians

Summer reading suggestions for our politicians


The Prime Minister and opposition leaders catch their breath before heading into the election arena.

Beyond the corn roasts and festivals that are the charm of our Quebec summers, they will have to take advantage of these last moments of reflection on their future and their respective political projects.

Here are my little suggestions for summer reading to allow them to refine their weapons. 

François Legault: The Canadian Constitution 

His Minister of Justice has dangled the idea that the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms takes precedence over the Canadian Charter. Beautiful mirage.

As long as the verdant valleys of a renewed nationalism are shimmering, it is still necessary to master the parameters of the negotiations that await it. In this regard, the Constitution remains the framework to which the CAQ agrees to submit by renouncing sovereignty. 

Dominique Anglade: Disappear? by Jacques Houle 

In this essay, this former federal civil servant argues that at the rate things are going “the majority of French-Canadian ancestry could disappear below the 50% mark during the course of the century”. This speech will certainly outrage supporters of the PLQ. But as Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War, it is impossible to win without knowing the adversary.

If Dominique Anglade wants to win back the French-speaking electorate, she will have to understand their anxieties rather than reproach them for adhering to a divisive discourse. 

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois: The left without the people by Éric Conan

Why has the left gradually lost the mass working-class and lower-middle-class support on which its greatest victories have rested? This is the existential question that the French essayist Éric Conan tries to answer.

Essential reading if Québec solidaire wants to avoid the excesses of the left and hope to make gains beyond its current bastions. 

Éric Duhaime: Le style paranoïaque de Richard Hofstadter&nbsp ;

This mythical essay from the 1960s on the propensity for conspiracy that plagues the American right has never been so topical. By exploring “the paranoid style” nourished by distrust and anger, this essay explores the excesses that result from it.

A must read for a leader of the PCQ who will have to be wary and ultimately free himself from his conspiratorial wing . 

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon: The Man in the Arena by Théodore Roosevelt 

It is among the most beautiful political speeches ever delivered. An ode to the challenges awaiting the leader of the PQ.

“It's not the critic who counts… All the credit goes to the one who really descends into the arena, whose face is covered of sweat, dust and blood, who struggles valiantly, who makes mistakes, who fails again and again… who at best will know in fine the triumph of success and who, at worst, he fails, will have dared boldly, and will know that his place has never been among cold, timorous souls who know neither victory nor failure. » 

♦ As for the heads of the federal scene, I reserve my reading suggestions for them next Sunday.

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