Why Québec Solidaire isn’t taking off

One might think that Québec Solidaire (QS) has everything it takes to make a breakthrough in the next elections.

First, a respected leader. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is a good communicator and embodies the aspirations of the Quebec left.

Quebecers see him as a future prime minister even more than any other leader.

Your parliamentary team is devilishly efficient. There are ministers elected: Christine Labrie, Ruba Ghazal and Émilise Lessard-Therrien…

Quebecers who agree with the square want “simultaneously”: a strong government in the face of a strong opposition.

And QS is considered the best opposition to the government.

It is therefore likely that an opposition party will emerge.

Last point: your media coverage is positive. In his place there is certainly benevolence.

Policy Cap

However, QS stagnates at 14%.

Your voters are still wondering – 52% can still change their mind, according to the latest Léger poll.

He also receives less support than in the 2018 election, where he had 16%.

Worse, if we analyze the polls for ten years, he’s only gained 5% at best!

QS does not speak to voters outside of academic centers.

Quebec, which rises early, does not vote in solidarity.

The worker commuting between the suburbs and the cities votes for the CAQ first.

Union members support anti-union Duhaime as does QS.

Something is wrong with this left without the people.

Nationalist ambiguity

QS initially suffers from its nationalistic ambiguity.

For example, he is said to have defended Law 101 in CEGEP.

The promotion of French-speaking CEGEPs should have challenged them.

Defending the collegial status quo that funds our own Anglicization and the creation of an Anglophile elite is somewhat paradoxical.

It also shows a lack of courage, because electoral clientelism can only be assumed: your possible profits in Montreal would be targeted by such a measure.

Solidarity will one day have to occupy the terrain of nationalism, which is essential for Quebecers, although some activists may not like it.

That QS defines its vision of the nation of Quebec. That he stands out from the PLQ. That he clearly affirms that it is not for federal law to define the future of Bill 21, but here, politically. May he firmly defend Quebec from the constant and defamatory media attacks from English Canada.

The nationalistic timidity of QS is life insurance for the CAQ.

Perhaps he would pay the price for political purity, but above all he would listen to new voters.

economic fear

The other stumbling block comes from the recent Léger poll.

QS is last as we ask Quebecers what training is best to face a recession. Barely 5% of Quebecers trust them.

Even their own constituents are concerned!

QS definitely wants to “go beyond capitalism” and a “socialization of business”.

In reality, the voter is not willing to take such a risk on his standard of living. Solidarity will have to accept it.

QS needs a Parizeau moment, like the PQ did in 1969.

A time when an economic figure imprints economic credibility in the party system.

be right or win?

The next election raises a fundamental problem: creating an alternative to the Legault government.

What seems obvious to me is that progressivism’s return to power will come either through a realignment of QS, a merger of left and center-left parties, or the creation of a new party.

Passages are possible if solidarity really wants it.

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