Lisée had asked Hivon to become leader of the PQ twice
MONTREAL — two times, the former leader of the Parti québécois (PQ), Jean-François Lisée, has proposed to Véronique Hivon take his place because he deemed that he “was pulling the PQ down,” says he in a lengthy essay published Friday on the website of L’actualité magazine.
“I think you need to get ready to become leader of the Parti québécois”, he slipped in December 2017 to the member for Joliette and the former vice-leader of the party, according to the story of the former head of the parti québecois, who returns to the electoral campaign that led to the worst electoral results in the history of the PQ.
At the time, the option is ruled out, since the chief wanted to avoid at any price a leadership race. Véronique Hivon eventually became vice-leader of the PQ in January 2018.
Discussions on this possibility did not mean closed. At the end of the month of June, Mr. Lisée has once again asked Ms. Hivon to take the reins of the party.
The vice-chief has finally rejected a second time.
In a press briefing on Friday, Ms. Hivon was required to give his point of view on the events, claiming that the two proposals of its former leader “did just not the road”.
In December, it found that the plan of his chief was contrary to the rules of democracy and an important factor: the fact that Alexandre Cloutier finished second at the last race in the direction of the party.
“He felt that there should be a coronation, that I had to be crowned (…) I was of course not at all agree with the plan. I’d thought that Alexandre Cloutier had to be involved in the decisions,” she argued.
And in June, it was simply inconceivable for her to begin.
“I would be a part (in the countryside), I, as chief as acting chief, therefore, having no legitimacy in this moment democratic so important,” she stressed.
She also has waived to not contribute to the cynicism of the population, she said.
“I found there was a small amount of cynicism there, to say we are going to change the head of the chef one week before the election. We are going to make a big bet, a big game and it will give different results. As if a head, it was just a picture.”
The difficulties of the PQ
In its long story, Mr. Lisée is also the same on the months that preceded the elections, and the election campaign itself. According to him, two factors contributed to adversely affect the PQ a few months before the election: the crisis in the Bloc québécois and the never-ending discussion on the eventual death of the party.
“The willingness of a large part of the electorate to avoid the repetition of the referendum process is reflected by a reluctance to vote PQ, which is understandable. But it generates in the media, I really believe, the narrative incessant, unfair and unhealthy for the death announced of the PQ and his or her option,” he wrote.
The collapse of the liberals and the major victory for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) in Louis-Hébert has also contributed to the result of the October 2, according to him.
“The victory of the CAQ was overwhelming. Until then, the electorate thought that the liberals were entrenched. With Louis-Hébert, he learned three things: the liberals can be beaten; it is the QAC that can beat them; the PQ is no longer in the race.”
With regard to the election campaign, Mr. Lisée persist and sign: a victory was not impossible for the PQ, according to him. He mentions the federal election campaign of 2015, when the liberals were gone third in the polls prior to election.
In his text, the ex-chief defends his strategy of attacking the Québec solidaire, in the end of the campaign. During the debate of the heads of the TVA, Mr. Lisée had stopped the co-spokesperson of Québec solidaire, Manon Massé, to ask him who was the real leader of his party.
This tactic apparently did not please everyone at the party; at the time, Mr. Lisée had hinted that his vice-chief, Véronique Hivon, did not agree.
In his text, Mr. Lisée reveals even as in this case, he had not consulted with his entourage before you begin. Only his wife was aware.
“I’m not saying that those days were easy. I do not say that I was completely certain of being right, or that I was confident that it would work. In the field, we received conflicting indications on the reactions of voters,” he said.
“But that said indicators? In the first few days following the debate, the progression of QS decelerates. On Monday, 24 September, four days after the debate, the rise of QS is blocked? to a few decimal places to cross the line PQ. Then, QS is lowered enough strongly. It worked.”
It recognizes, however, have “broken the spell” that the PQ had created around his campaign.
In retrospect, Mr. Lisée seems to be proud of the work done, despite everything.
“For years, I have been telling my children: “The important thing, at the bottom, this is not to fail or to succeed. The important thing is to have given the best of oneself for the task, having grown, having learned, to be exceeded.” Sometimes, this leads to the victory. Otherwise, it leads to the satisfaction of the accomplished duty. This is not as well. But this is not so bad.”