Pierre Nantel moves to the Green Party
Disappointed by the apathy and lack of action of the New Democratic Party in the fight against global warming, Pierre Nantel formalized his move to the Green Party on Monday in his federal riding of Longueuil-Saint-Hubert.
The MP, who wore the NDP colors since the 2011 Orange Wave, made the announcement alongside Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Deputy Leader Daniel Green.
“The gesture, which may seem like a coup, was necessary because I think we need to bring the climate crisis into consciousness. I find that the subject is too often trivialized by politicians in particular, “he said in a press conference.
The Green Party had already chosen a candidate for Longueuil-Saint-Hubert, but Casandra Poitras gave up his place and will instead be in a neighboring riding of the South Shore of Montreal.
Immobilism and apathy in caucus
The catch is big for Ms. May. Mr. Nantel was one of the most visible MPs in the NDP. When the NDP learned Friday that it was talking to the Green Party about a possible defection, it withdrew his nomination and showed him the door.
Some former NDP colleagues have been very critical of it, but Pierre Nantel did not hesitate to reply by referring to his constant efforts to advance the issue of the climate emergency in the caucus.
“Sometimes there is a form of immobility, there is a form of apathy and this is the kind of thing that exasperates me in general and, at some point, a guy gets tired,” he said. he dropped.
“Pierre Nantel is a climate leader and he is one of the most passionate MPs I have seen in the House of Commons,” said Ms. May at her side.
Independent by respect
Pierre Nantel will finish his current mandate as an independent MP, out of respect for his constituents.
” It’s a matter of principle. We do not like having the impression that we voted for a party and that finally it changes along the way, “he said.
He is confident, however, that voters will follow him on this path if he relies on what they tell him when he questions them about their priorities.
“According to my calculations, between 75 and 80 per cent of the locals, when they are probed about their priorities, this is the one (the climate crisis) that comes first,” he said.
Pierre Nantel knows full well that a change of allegiance during the term of office is a powerful vector of cynicism among the population, but he assumes it entirely.
The question should not even be asked, according to Daniel Green, who argues that Quebecers have already begun to suffer the repercussions of the crisis.