Opinion: La Meute claims inspiration from CAQ policies, is Legault a member of the far-right?

Legault maintains his distance between himself and the group, citing that he will not fold to their demands.  This position does not account for the fact that the party leader is being called out by the fringe-right group for sharing some similar political ideals.  


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The Qubecois-based far-right group La Meute, which references a wolf pack in English, is a secret Facebook group holding over 40,000 members.  They claimed that much of their own beliefs are shared with the leader of the CAQ.

Does that make Legault a member of the far-right?

A not-so-secret group

Founded by two ex-soldiers, the group has galvanized and mobilized its members to fight for anti-immigration and anti-radical Islamic causes.

La Meute has admitted that they do not hope to become any type of political party, but rather would prefer to be recognized to the point where they cannot be further ignored.

Their desire for recognition or acknowledgement really defeats the purpose of being a secret group.

It seems as though the group got exactly what they asked for when Françios Legault called the group out for being on the fringes of racism.

La Meute was happy to fire back claiming that the movement simply conveys very similar values to those held by Legault’s party, the Coalition Avenir Québec.

A platform on shared ideals

The spokesperson for La Meute, Sylvain “Maikan” Brouillette wrote in a Facebook statement that Legault’s strategy in calling the group racist was “déficiente”, translating to deficient.

Brouillette specified, in French, that he found it disappointing that Legault would use the same tactics that Couillard uses, calling those who he does not agree with as racist.

Legault’s situation is far more daunting, because in this scenario, it is the people who agree with him that he is calling racist.

The La Meute spokesperson also claims that eight out of its 10 provincial jurisdiction claims, contained in his manifesto, are directly inspired by the CAQ policies the group ran on in 2014.

Additionally, the group cites ideals emanating from the Bouchard-Taylor report, which discusses the accommodation of religion in the public sphere; something else the CAQ has stood by.

Legault under fire

Taking shots at the CAQ leader after being taken by the surprise of his comments on the group, Brouillette invites Legault to learn more about La Meute in order to preserve his credibility.

Legault maintains his distance between himself and the group, citing that he will not fold to their demands.  This position does not account for the fact that the party leader is being called out by the fringe-right group for sharing some similar political ideals.

It would not be the first time that the CAQ falls under criticism based on their right-leaning politics.

Robert-Baldwin Liberal Member of National Assembly, and Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos J. Leitao, refused to apologize after stating that he believes the CAQ are running on a platform of ethnic-based discrimination.

The differences

Ultimately, there are fundamental differences between the leader of the CAQ and La Meute.

While La Meute do not consider themselves racist, they do have an inherent and problematic discriminate reputation with the broader public.

On its private Facebook page, for example, the group members perpetuate comments associating Allah with Satan.

A successful businessman, and professional, the CAQ leader, Legault, and his party have never advocated any sort of attacks or protests to alienate hard-working Quebecers.  This is, in other words, irrespective of their identities.

Strong convictions regarding immigration is not necessarily a criterion for being discriminate towards minorities.

Even the prospect of the claim that because Legault is tough on immigration, therefore, he shares a platform with La Meute, is simply preposterous.

This reasoning can explain why the moderate CAQ leader has distanced himself from the far-right group in the first place.

 

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Jonathan Wasserlauf
Jonathan is interested in the intersection between politics, pop culture, the media, and their audiences.
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