A new Montreal party on the provincial political scene

The Liberal Party of Quebec suffers from a “lack of leadership” and takes the votes of cultural minorities “for granted” for too long, deplores the former footballer Balarama Holness, who is embarking on the creation of a new party: Mouvement Québec.

The former player of the Montreal Alouettes, who bit the dust at the mayor of Montreal last November, confirmed Wednesday that steps have been taken with the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec to be officially recognized for the election. next 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 around 30 candidates, but it is above all in the ridings of the west of the island of Montreal, such as Westmount–Saint–Louis, where he considers that his chances are the best, that the energies 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 and the recent retreat of the PLQ on an amendment proposing to oblige English-speaking college students to take at least three of their courses in French.

Disappointed Liberals

This volte-face by Dominique Anglade’s party has given 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.

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