Anglade as Couillard | The Journal of Quebec

In his autobiography This Quebec that lives in mepublished in March 2021, Dominique Anglade wanted to distance himself from his predecessor Philippe Couillard at all costs, in order to mark his nationalist turn.

“We didn’t always see things the same way,” she confided (p. 196). “As for the collective future, I’m sure we need to assert ourselves stronger as a nation and we’re not afraid to say so. »


What a contrast to Dominique Anglade, who was heard at the PLQ General Assembly in Montreal on Saturday. Because the main line of attack, which she and her militants gleefully worked out, was consistent with Couillard’s thinking.

Legault, repeated Anglade, would “cultivate distrust of the other,” “knowingly foster division.” It would pit “Quebecians against each other.”

Only the famous words of Philippe Couillard were missing: the CAQ and Legault “Blow […] on the embers of intolerance!

On March 9, 2016, the former leader of the Liberals, not without condescension, launched his formula in the face of François Legault.

The latter only asked him if he “agreed with French lessons and compulsory values ​​for newcomers”.

Couillard had denounced the “slippery slope” he said he was walking, before suggesting that the head of the CAQ was planning to deport immigrants. Liberal party leader Jean-Marc Fournier spoke of “deportation tests”.

Crazy political rhetoric, of course. Dark intentions have in no way materialized with the CAQ in power.


Criticism of nationalism is legitimate and necessary. But in Quebec, it’s regularly exploited by the PLQ, who love to exaggerate their dangers in cartoonish ways, allowing them to give themselves the appearance of moral superiority.

Recently, François Legault had the misfortune to mix up the words “anecdotal” and “anecdote” when speaking about the Liberal MP for Laval-des-Rapides, Saul Polo, who speaks Spanish at home but French at home.

Dominique Anglade proved with Polo that “immigrants” integrate into French. Legault wanted to counter—but he did so clumsily—that one shouldn’t rely on a case, but on statistics. The latter, however, are cause for concern.

The Liberals apparently seized the opportunity to portray the Prime Minister as xenophobic. Saul Polo claimed in the chamber that François Legault “demands [que l’immigration] leaves his mother tongue at home”!

The baseless claim was repeated throughout the General Council. The case even gave rise to an “emergency debate” in the morning. Some activists wore a T-shirt that read “I’m not an anecdote.”

The CAQ has many shortcomings. But his party leader has nevertheless already entrusted the presidency of his party to… Dominique Anglade. In 2018, it presented more candidates from visible minorities than the PLQ. This is reflected in his faction and cabinet. To suggest that this is a xenophobic party is unfair.

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