Francois Legault’s career may well become a source of inspiration for Catherine Fournier, the former PQ member who slammed the door of her political party on Monday, preferring instead to be labeled independent independence leader.
The proof is that the political approach favored for a decade by the former PQ minister and current prime minister could inspire the sovereignists disappointed by the current state of affairs, commented in essence the member for Marie-Victorin, in an interview with Canadian Press, Wednesday.
“Obviously,” she says, “it’s been a successful move.”
While a PQ member, François Legault had slammed the door of the Parti Québécois (PQ) in 2009, before gathering a few people around him to form a movement of reflection around a possible third way, which led to the writing of a manifesto then the creation of a political party, Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) in 2011, brought to power in 2018.
“It is clear that what has undertaken Mr. Legault, it worked,” she says, while leaving all the doors open on the following things.
The gathering of the sovereignist forces she says she wishes with all her might could “go through an approach like that”, according to the young 26-year-old MP, who urges all Quebec sovereignists, of all stripes, to regroup under the same umbrella, far from that of the PQ.
“I hope that the sovereignists will have the lucidity to realize that we must gather,” insists Ms. Fournier, who admits to having left the PQ without having a clear idea of the preferred way to get a such result.
She talks about the eventual creation of a political party in time for the next election, in 2022. But she remains very cautious about the future.
“The stages are still to be defined,” she summarizes, recognizing that the accession to sovereignty will have to go through “an organized political vehicle”.
But first we need to build a “critical mass” of voters interested in embarking on this new adventure with contours still poorly defined.
In an ideal world, in 2022, “if we are able to gather the sovereignists, yes, it must be articulated through a political vehicle to seize power and start a process of independence”, said the member, who prefers the term “vehicle” to that of “party”.
This new “vehicle” would thus divide even more the sovereignist vote, already distributed between the PQ and Québec solidaire (QS).
“The whole game plan remains to be built. It leaves a world of opportunity, “she said, asking what the next steps will be.
So there would be no secret plan already under construction, nor occult organization ready to launch a new sovereignist offensive.
Nor would there be a leader waiting to pull the strings behind the scenes.
The name of the former PQ member and former National Option leader, Jean-Martin Aussant, had been circulating in the media for two days, but he insisted on making an update on Wednesday on his Facebook page.
In his message, the defeated candidate of the PQ in Pointe-aux-Trembles during the election last October has denied all rumors of a possible return to active politics.
“I am not creating a new political party. I have two children and I work on challenging and exciting professional mandates. It fills an agenda, “says the one who recently joined the Video Game Developers Guild.
He said he felt the need to “focus” to counter the “rant” heard on his behalf in recent days.
“I’m no longer in active politics but I’m still a sovereignist, I’ll always be, like several hundred thousand people in Quebec. This is not a blemish, it is a desire to be simply masters at home, “he added, visibly annoyed by the rumors and the media treatment received.
Regarding the resignation of his “friend” Catherine Fournier of the PQ caucus, he claims to be there for nothing.
“I did not hypnotize Catherine Fournier to make the decision to sit as independent,” said one who intends to continue to contribute to the political debate.
He also said he had to cancel a discussion with college students Brébeuf Wednesday, because he was suffering from a virus or food poisoning. “Nothing more serious, no conspiracy here either,” adds the former MP.