Dominique Anglade’s Red Book

The bet is not without risk.

With the unveiling of her election program two months before the start of the election campaign, the PLQ boss voluntarily avoided an important strategic weapon: the element of surprise.

It is he who makes it possible to push through the issue of a campaign day, he forces others to react, to adapt. Ultimately, it is he who makes it possible to hit that elusive voter imagination to make them look at a political formation differently.

Dominique Anglade relinquishes these assets. She has no choice.

turn the page

The leader of the official opposition spoke of a victory on October 3; his goal is much more modest. If not, he must salvage the furniture, or at least lay the solid foundations for rebuilding his party.

With 15% support, his troops have three months to rise from the ashes of a disastrous parliamentary session.

There’s not enough time to put the swings in Cégep’s French courses to rest, not enough time to convince them that the PLQ is worried about the meteoric rise in the cost of living.

His promise of lower taxes for the middle class, funded by a raise among the wealthiest, is reminiscent of Justin Trudeau’s strategy in 2015.

To this must be added the QST holiday for Hydro-Québec fares and basic needs. You must consider the welcome tax exemption for first-time buyers, the RAP bonus.

Simple promises that will have a direct impact on Quebecers’ wallets.

But will they be willing to listen? Will they be receptive to the promise of making access to child care as a right as access to education?

What nationalism?

Above all, the PLQ seems to have found no way to overcome François Legault’s appropriation of the word nationalism.

“The CAQ reduces the nation to a ‘we’ that excludes, making diversity a weakness rather than a strength,” stresses Dominique Anglade.

The problem is that Francophones love it, at least 53% of them. Add in the 25% of sovereignists and leftists behind Québec Solidaire and the PQ, who is she hoping to persuade with this appeal?

She’s absolutely right when she says that neither she, nor Saul Polo, nor Carlos Leitao, nor so many other wonderfully integrated immigrants are anecdotes, but “a driving force to build the Quebec of today and tomorrow.”

The problem is that to win over Francophones, who are reassured by what she describes as the CAQ’s “divisive discourse,” she must offer her own vision of liberal nationalism. A vision that doesn’t blame Quebecers for letting themselves be hypnotized by the “smoke screen of the CAQ”.

We know that Dominique Anglade has tried this twist before. She had to give it up. The problem remains.

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