Why is fear so effective?

Pierre-Luc Brillant, 44, actor and musician, will be the PQ candidate at Rosemont.

On Friday, in our Make a Difference column, he explained his decision to delve into the political arena to advance the cause of independence.

His plea was remarkable for its sincerity, its idealism, its vision, its attraction to the best in the people of Quebec.


Many readers have praised and encouraged him, but I’m mostly interested in the negative comments here.

I’m interested in them because they were wonderfully representative of mainstream thinking.

Read them and you will understand where I come from.

Opponents of Mr. Brilliant’s position did not praise Canada’s merits much.

Rather, they insisted that the independence project was obsolete, that we were losing this or that government bounties, that we could not do without Ottawa.

There are reasonable answers to all of this.

Do the already independent nations seem to think that their own independence is now over?

If Quebec is compensated because it is less affluent than the Canadian average, is membership in that federation so beneficial?

Doesn’t the planet have many small, prosperous nations?

However, it’s been the same old story for decades: can’t, can’t, can’t…

This masochistic disparagement of our abilities has proven undeniable.

How can the continued success be explained?

Nobody explained it better than Camille Laurin:

“Fate, he said, willed the Quebecer to be born and raised under the sign of ambiguity and ambivalence, making him a confused, tormented being, divided against himself and unable to integrate the elements of his rich personality , to reconcile his aspirations and actions, to inscribe his dreams into reality, to shake off paternalism, to overcome his fears, to face the unknown at his own peril and peril, to fully embrace his freedom, his story and his existence” .

Proofread carefully.

Everything is there, never better said: ambiguity, confusion, doubt, fear, paralysis.

Faced with the choice between risk and safety, a homo kebekensis so psychologically structured will choose safety over audacity and overcoming.

Furthermore, if Camille Laurin and Jacques Parizeau aroused such an instinctive hatred, infinitely more than René Lévesque, it was because their opponents saw that these two Quebecers were afraid of nothing and no one.

They did not correspond to the classic image of the Quebecer, weakened by doubt, fear and hesitation, aiming low.

They didn’t have to scream either. They accepted themselves completely, without the slightest complex, with calm and confidence.


The CAQ is re-elected because Quebecers find it reassuring and the other parties unwilling to govern.

But the CAQ remains a short-term political project.

I would find it tragic if the PQ, the only party keeping the sovereign ideal alive, were to die.

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