These disturbing women | The Journal of Montreal

The bets are open for the next election campaign. Especially in the county of Taschenreau, which was left empty by the new Catherine Dorion.

And yet a certainty. That’s where the race becomes less interesting. On its way to becoming more professional, Québec solidaire has chosen Étienne Grandmont, a highly respected public transport expert, to defend its flags there.

One can only wonder if the support Catherine Dorion offered to the other candidate in the running, Madeleine Cloutier, unfortunately didn’t hurt her in the end.

Although we’re talking about the rise of women in politics, the reality remains that we favor women who don’t care too much.

Yes to women as long as they are like the others.


Note the public debate.

Dominique Anglade is too ambitious. Catherine Dorion was too excited.

You are not the only ones.

Pauline Marois was too bourgeois. Christine St-Pierre was too confident. MarieChantal Chassé was too robotic. Marwah Rizqy is too aggressive. Manon Massé is too marginal. Danielle McCann was too soft. Véronique Hivon would even have been too consensual.

There’s also the long list of too demanding, too stupid, too difficult.

In politics we like smooth women. Without shortcomings. Without bumps.

Given equal skills, governments too often prefer a Geneviève Guilbault to a Lise Thériault.


And yet we claim to live in a world where authenticity is the key to success in politics. François Legault’s popularity proves it.

Voters support François Legault with his strengths and weaknesses under the pretext that Quebecers recognize him. You recognize yourself in his approaches, who has never saved? You recognize yourself in his rants, because deep down, he’s not entirely wrong.

They will tell me that François Legault is a unique political beast who was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Maybe, but not necessarily.

He also embodies a reality, given the margin of error that the electorate has given him, about which we prefer to remain silent. In the public sphere, men are more tolerant than women.

Far be it from me to start a debate about toxic masculinity. This kind of discourse has always struck me as harmful and totally counterproductive.

Still, it remains paradoxical that women are made their accusations at the time of authenticity.


I don’t share her opinion, I have often criticized her, and yet I will miss Catherine Dorion. Together, she forced us to look at the member’s commitment from a different angle.

I will always have a soft spot for Christine St-Pierre, who convinced me not to give up being a mother. But most importantly, I know that behind his outcry was a passion for Quebec that was as noble as it was wild.

Above all, I wish Marwah Rizqy to pass on all her enthusiasm to her future son.

Because those who disturb bring society forward.

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