Dominique Anglade denounces the unequal treatment of women politicians

And when, as head of the official opposition, you have to face Prime Minister François Legault every day in parliament, it doesn’t get any better.

This feminist outing, a real cry from the heart, comes from the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Dominique Anglade, convinced that being a woman has by no means nothing to do with the setbacks that her party has experienced in free fall Polls and the Prime Minister’s attitude towards him.

He’s a paternalistic man, that’s for sure., she said of Mr Legault during a lengthy interview with The Canadian Press at a Quebec coffee shop after a difficult week for his party. In Monday’s by-election in Marie-Victorin, the PLQ had to settle for fifth place and a humiliating result of 7% popular support.

Ms. Anglade did not appreciate Mr. Legault’s comment on the night of his party’s victory at Marie-Victorin, when he said that Quebecers did not like to see her throw mud on the record of CHSLD Herron, where dozens of seniors died in horrific conditions during the first wave of the pandemic. We’ve reached the sewers! said Mr. Legault, visibly annoyed by the questions asked by the leader of the official opposition, day after day.

Ms. Anglade believes the Prime Minister overshot the mark and gave her none Dealing fairly with facts. Is it therefore paternalistic, condescending, even sexist? AbsolutelyShe answers.

we count How many opposition leaders have been treated as whiners in the past 20 years?while allowing herself to criticize the government Celebration, [on dira] either “she’s aggressive” or “she’s complaining”rather than qualifying it as fixed or definite.

There it is, the biasso in the other, harder, negative gaze when it comes to a woman, she says, but refuses to portray herself as a victim.

This attitude worries her greatly, since she believes she can still control herself in the National Assembly, convinced that the slightest misstep, the awkward word, the outburst of anger would not be forgiven.

However, he is sometimes angry when he hears certain thoughts from the prime minister, for example when he said before a closed microphone in Parliament in February that the President of the National Assembly, François Paradis, had been from Quebec since he took office and was a caquiste. That day, she says, she said a few swear words, but swallowed her anger. She chose to don’t show anything to the media, sure she would have passed for hysterics if she revealed the reason for her thoughts. At the slightest outburst, she will pass as an aggressive person, which annoys her.

She believes that Mr. Legault treats men and women around him differently. It’s clear that he’s handing the towel more easily to men, she judges, alluding to the three women who have been packed into the Council of Ministers since the beginning of the CAQ mandate, namely MarieChantal Chassé, Sylvie D’Amours and Marie-Ève ​​​​Proulx. No male minister has suffered the same fate, while some have struggled.

She cites the case of Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, who has been repeatedly snubbed by the Ethics Commissioner but is still in office. I could never have done what Pierre Fitzgibbon did Minister was and remains, says the former economy minister in Couillard’s cabinet, convinced that she would not become one not gone throughbecause we don’t accept that a politician can get caught up in difficult waters.

I have much less room for error a politician, the Liberal leader believes, is certain that women, unlike men, have none free ticket.

To reverse that trend, she argues, we should do overall political leadership by women and that this snowballs into all sectors of society.

The Perfect Woman Syndrome

Knowing they have no room for manoeuvre, women politicians strive to be nothing short of perfect, notes the Liberal leader.

She says she is affected, like many other women who have tried to make their mark in politics Syndrome of the one who must not make mistakes: I have it.

Hence his caution in his interventions.

Except that this reflex it limits you in everything you can be, in everything you can say, in the way you express yourself. In short, this keeps you from being what you naturally are.

She also says she is watching a dichotomy between persons [qu’elle est] and perception people to him. A gap between the public image and the real person.

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As the election date approaches, the party leader, who has led her party for almost two years, wants to be there to get people to discover it true Dominique Anglade to the voters.

The regions massively avoided the PLQ 2018. In particular, she relies on her Charter for the Regions to win back the voice of the Francophones by calling for greater decentralization of powers. A first announcement on this subject will be made on Thursday in Trois-Rivières.

The Liberal leader says she wants to return to the party’s core values, including economic development. His vision will be to integrate economic development, wealth creation and the fight against climate change into a coherent whole.

She is aware that she only has a few months left to recover. The challenge is huge, but excitingShe says.

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