Centenary of René-Lévesque | The PSPP denounces the expropriation of sovereignty

Angered by speeches honoring René Lévesque that omit Québec’s sovereignty, Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon on Monday wanted to send a message “to all those who don’t tell themselves the truth.” .

Updated yesterday at 10:03pm.

Vincent Larin

Vincent Larin
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Before the eyes of the province’s political elite, who gathered at the Grande Bibliothèque on Monday night to celebrate the launch of the “Lévesque Year”, a series of events organized to mark the centenary of…e th birthday of the founder of the Parti Québécois (PQ), the current leader of the political party wanted to clarify things.

“Let’s bet if René Lévesque still has the pen in a chronicle of the MontrealJournalhe would have used the same words ‘falseness’, ‘hypocrisy’ to comment on the political news of the last few weeks,” he explained during a speech twice the length of his opponents’.

“There have been many former PQ members who have given so much to make us a country and we tend to honor them without mentioning the essentials,” he then explained to a press crowd.

It took someone tonight to mention the essentials, namely that René Lévesque gave so much, he suffered so much, he got sick because he wanted for his people that we have our normality, that we have our country.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, President of the Parti Québécois

He then confided that he had reconciled with former PQ Premier Lucien Bouchard, who recently criticized the PQ’s current state. “I’ve recently noticed that René Lévesque’s heirs have lost none of their responsiveness, with the energetic speed that characterized him,” Lévesque joked, but admitted he “would phrase his controversial comments differently.”

Recall that initially only former Prime Minister Lucien Bouchard and his current successor François Legault were invited to speak. After some controversy, the organizers of the event had invited the other party leaders to give speeches as well.


Photo Martin Tremblay, DIE PRESS

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-speaker of the Québec Solidaire, Premier François Legault and former Premier Lucien Bouchard

A journalism award

During his own speech, which made no mention of the issue of Quebec’s independence, current Prime Minister and leader of the Coalition avenir Québec, François Legault, thanked the late politician for “Hydro-Québec”, “Law 101”, “Quebec inc. and “Pride” among others.

“It was René Lévesque who gave me the pride of being a Quebecer. I’m in politics today because of René Lévesque,” he told the crowd.

A “René-Lévesque” award will be presented by the Quebec government to a journalist who “has made a significant contribution to increasing the impact of information or greatly enriching the quality of information or the journalistic profession in Quebec,” announced he on .

It will be the highest award given by the Quebec government for outstanding contribution to journalism. It’s a great way to commemorate René Lévesque’s contribution to Quebec journalism.

Francois Legault, Prime Minister of Quebec

no discord

Dominique Anglade, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, the party that René Lévesque left to found the PQ, praised the politician. “A common thread emerges from René Lévesque’s career: love, passion, conviction and this unshakeable trust in the Quebecers,” she emphasized.


Photo Martin Tremblay, DIE PRESS

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Dominique Anglade

René Lévesque is proposing “a social project that is stronger than the individuals that make it up,” said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesman for Québec Solidaire, in a thinly veiled criticism of the current government.

“He wasn’t looking for the lowest common denominator, he was looking for the most votes, he never pitted us against each other. He brought out the best in us,” he continued.

Held on the occasion of the 100the To mark the birthday of the former journalist, columnist, reporter, host, minister and prime minister, the “Lévesque Year” offers several events to mark the occasion.

Below: a homage to the 23e Quebec Prime Minister on National Day; the inauguration, on August 24 (the day of his 100th birthday)e anniversary), the event “In the footsteps of René Lévesque”, in Montreal; the opening of an exhibition at the Musée de la Civilization in Québec on November 17; and a tribute to the founder of the Parti Québécois and to the French language next February in Montreal.

Mr Lévesque was born on August 24, 1922 and died on August 1stah November 1987, almost 35 years ago. Poll after poll, he remains one of the most popular political figures in Quebec, Lucien Bouchard rightly reminded.

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  • August 24, 1922
    Date of birth of René Lévesque, who would have turned 100 this year.

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