Summer readings for federal leaders

Incompetence, conspiracy, compromise, arrogance, the chairmen of the federal parties have had to take a lot of criticism since the beginning of the year.

What could be better than using the summer to treat yourself to a dose of introspection? To guide them in their reflections, I have reading for the Prime Minister and the leaders of the federal opposition parties.

Justin Trudeau: The subtle art of not caring by Mark Manson


Far from being a book on personal growth that will make Justin Trudeau forget the crises that plague him, this is a small introductory treatise on Stoicism.


For Stoicism is not reduced to cultivating the courage to endure pain and adversity. Above all, it aims to focus on the important things that you can control. Remember the prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous here. Urgent learning for a Prime Minister compromised by his love of symbols at the expense of the discipline of complex subjects.

Yves Francois Blanchet: The Fountain’s Fables


With the prospect of a confrontation over secularism and the charter of the French language, then the prospect of a seduction operation so that he takes over the helm of the Parti Québécois after the election, it would be tempting for the leader of the Bloc Québécois to think so that in the best of all possible worlds all is for the best.


The wisdom of Jean de La Fontaine can only benefit him. The frog that wants to be as big as an ox or Death and the unfortunate seem ideal for anyone with big ambitions.

Besides, how not to remember The milkmaid and the milk jug for a Bloc Québécois whose electoral success rests more on a plan B than on enthusiastic support for his project?

Jagmeet Singh: fist from Goethe


The history of fist is that of a scientist who makes a pact with the devil only to see his soul haunted for eternity. Jagmeet Singh should have read this classic of German literature before signing his pact with Justin Trudeau.


From supporting the emergency bill to gag motions, we see today that the NDP must sacrifice many principles to meet its commitment to surviving the Trudeau administration through 2025.

Jean Charest: His Autobiography


In this grand speech, Jean Charest tried to persuade the electorate that becoming Quebec Premier was the natural fulfillment of his political career. Something that will inspire him as he now has to convince the Conservatives that he finally chose Canada.

Among the curators, a proposal for each of the main actors

Pierre Poilievre: equality or independence by DanielJohnson


Photo agency QMI, Toma Iczkovits

Pierre Poilievre would do well to understand the basics of Quebec nationalism if he hopes to find a way to explain to English Canada that acknowledging the distinctive character of Quebec society is not aplaventrism.


In this regard, the seminal essay by the last great leader of the Union Nationale seems indispensable.

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