The Liberal Party of Quebec suffers from a “lack of leadership” and has taken the votes of cultural minorities “for granted” for too long, deplores ex-footballer Balarama Holness, who is embarking on the creation of a new party: Quebec movement.
The former Montreal Alouettes player, who died as mayor of Montreal last November, confirmed on Wednesday that steps have been taken with the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec to have him officially recognized for the ballot on October 3.
After applying for a name reservation, he now has to collect around 100 signatures, which should be just a formality, according to Mr Holness, given that around 100,000 voters have backed his other party, Mouvement Montréal, in the last municipal elections.
“We are going to present candidates in particular in greater Montreal, but also across Quebec,” said Mr. Holness during a press briefing in front of the National Assembly.
A mostly Montreal party
He is aiming for some 30 candidates, but it is mainly in the ridings on the west of the island of Montreal, such as Westmount–Saint–Louis, that he believes his chances are the best, that the energy will be put .
According to Mr. Holness, many Montrealers were disappointed by the “lack of leadership” of the Liberal Party of Quebec against the law on secularism, “which discriminates against religious minorities, women in particular”, he pointed out. .
He also deplores the liberal approach to the reform of the French Charter, an issue in which the PLQ has drawn the wrath of the English-speaking community, after having asked and obtained that the government oblige English-speaking students at the college level to succeed in the least three of their courses in French.
Dominique Anglade’s party finally did an about-face, but this controversy gave ammunition to the members of an exploratory committee created by a jurist from the Sherbrooke region, Colin Standish, who is also threatening to create a new party with disappointed liberals.
Asked about this, Mr. Holness indicated that his exchanges with Mr. Standish were limited to “a text message”. “They’ve been exploring for a long time,” Mr Holness said.
“We are here today to make it clear that Montrealers need a voice, here in the National Assembly, someone to truly represent them,” he said.