Credit is due where it belongs.
Until this year’s provincial election, the Quebec Solidaire where nothing more than simple background noise.
Resting in the shadow of fellow sovereigntists, the Parti Quebecois, there was never much consideration in the Quebec Solidaire as being a force to be reckoned with.
In truth, they resembled more stereotypically rowdy attendees instead of legitimate contenders.
Their poor electoral performances since the party’s establishment in 2007, one MNA in 2008, two in 2012, and three in 2014, led politicians and voters alike to completely disregard them.
Furthermore, the let wing separatist party was unable to win a seat off the island of Montreal, earning merely 323,124 votes despite running 124 candidates in 2014.
In the Quebec 2018 election, the Quebec Solidaire won an astonishing 10 seats, placing ahead of the ever-disappointing PQ who only had 9 MLAs elected.
However, they followed their incredible rise with the most unlikely of falls.
Passing the Test of Time
Quebec Solidaire’s lacklustre performances in past elections did not phase party leadership whatsoever.
They were filled with newfound optimism and an admirable fighting spirit that is barely recognizable in the current political environment.
Unconventionally, the party has two spokespeople rather than a single leader.
Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, 55 and 28 years old respectively.
Massé was born in the town of Windsor Quebec while Nadeau-Dubois is from Montreal, where their majority of supporters are located.
Exploiting a new set of tactics, the Quebec Solidaire was able to obtain 16% of the popular vote.
They rigorously advertised and campaigned to young voters and somehow were met with unpredicted success.
According to Global News, the Quebec Solidaire’s supporters are similar to those of the Parti Quebecois in the 1960’s and 70’s. They’re described as being “young, educated, francophones in urban Montreal ridings”.
Massé and Nadeau-Dubois took advantage of youth naivety; with a revolutionary platform and a campaign strategy foreign to Quebec parties, they were able to yield over 15% of the popular vote and win 10 seats in the National Assembly
Quebec Solidaire Platform
Left-wing parties are common in Quebec.
Despite ideological and policy differences, the majority of provincial parties are left-leaning. With the Quebec Solidaire being no exception.
The CBC outlined all of the QS’ major platforms ranging from the economy to their immigration plan.
Their economic plan is as follows: they would immediately raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, extend minimum vacation from two to four weeks and end forced overtime. Furthermore, they aim to nationalize natural resources in the province, including the mining and forestry industries.
The Quebec Solidaire believes investing public funds into immigration is the right plan.
Would create a network of resource centres for immigrants, in order to provide easier access to information about jobs and French lessons, among other things.
Moreover, they would provide $210 million in extra funding for French education for immigrants and would reinforce the use of French as the language of the workplace by applying the Charte de la langue française to businesses with more than 20 employees.
What entranced young voters to choose the party is their stance on education, health care, and the environment. Essentially, they advocate for every service to be provided by the government, in doing so, elevating taxes to a ridiculous amount.
Furthermore, they intend to end all sales of fuel using cars by 2030 in order to fulfill their plan of reducing carbon emissions by 95% in the next 30 years.
Not to mention their strong advocacy for Quebec sovereignty.
The middle class will be ultimately reduced with drowning levels of taxation to support the costly social programs. With the CBC reporting that the party aims at increasing government revenue by $13 billion, there will be a rise in taxation. Not a good plan to say the least.
Wealthy investors and businesses will leave Quebec and others will be reluctant to locate into the province.
With such a large government overwatching society, the Quebec Solidaire intends to transform Quebec Society into their image, with utter disregard for the ramifications it will have on the community.
Stealing citizens’ wealth is not a viable solution for a province rich in natural resources with incredible potential. It only leads to a mentality of adversarialism amongst socio-economic classes.
Instead, taxes should be decreased to incentivize investment in the market and attract investment from multiple sectors. The job market will grow, employment levels will rise, and Montreal can become a forerunner in North America.
With the right plan, Quebec can become the nucleus of innovation, a land of prosperity that can someday lead the charge in economic success.
Disrespectful antics follow electoral success.
“An archaic and, frankly, unpleasant ritual”.
These were Manon Massé’s exact words regarding the pledge of allegiance to the Queen.
The National Post reported that the Quebec Solidaire MNAs refused to swear allegiance to the Queen publicly. Rather, they chose to swear the obligatory oath behind closed doors, away from the view of family and friends attending the ceremony.
It is a representation of poor party values. If they are unable to respect Quebec’s democratic institution, then they must remain away from power as much as possible.
A lack of respect for the institution is a lack of respect for the entire Quebec population. The same population they claim to hold in highest regard.
The inability to uphold tradition and constitutional monarchy is a disregard towards our democracy.
It is in everyone’s best interest that they stray away from the authoritarian Quebec Solidaire.