Parti Québécois: Véronique Hivon leaves politics

A lawyer by training, Véronique Hivon has represented the riding of Joliette, her hometown, since December 8, 2008. Since my first election, I have woken up every morning wishing one thing first: to live up to the trust that people here have placed in me.

After long and deep reflection, I have made the difficult decision not to seek a fifth term next fall.she explained at a press conference.

Her decision is in no way related to the by-election that took place in Marie-Victorin on April 11, she added. This constituency, bastion of the Parti Québécois (PQ), escaped this party, which won 30% of the vote. CAQ player Shirley Dorismond was elected.

Véronique Hivon claims to have made her decision and to have informed her leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, several weeks before the outcome of the ballot in Marie-Victorin. However, she did not say so publicly, so as not to create possible interference in the campaign we were carrying out.

In the polls, the Parti Quebecois hardly behind other political formations, but Véronique Hivon affirms that her departure has nothing to do with this situation. The polls never scared meshe said with a smile. Moreover, during the last election, I made a number of them lie right here, in Joliette.

Politics works. It is an extraordinary driver of change. »

A quote from Véronique Hivon, MP for Joliette

Asked about what, in her view, will be the future of the Parti Québécois, the MNA declared: What’s great about the Parti Quebecoisis that it is not the party of a single person. […] It is a party of the base, of militants and militants; […] it’s a party of the world, for the world.

Defending to put on rose-colored glasses; everyone sees realityVéronique Hivon believes that there is a new generation in this party, people of convictions, causes and ideals.

The upcoming election campaign could be a great revealer, she predicts, citing among other candidates Alexis Deschênes, Stéphane Handfield, Camille Pellerin Forget, Sandrine Michon… You will discover themaffirms the outgoing deputy, recalling that she herself was not not known at all in 2008, when he started out in politics: People didn’t know who I was.

The Parti Québécois has the finest project, which is the independence of Quebec. But we have a challenge to connect it to the priorities and issues of people’s daily lives. »

A quote from Véronique Hivon, MP for Joliette

Véronique Hivon has represented the riding of Joliette, her hometown, since December 8, 2008.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

A career rich in achievements

During these 14 years in the National Assembly, Véronique Hivon is delighted to have participated in numerous social advances.

She cites the recent creation of specialized courts for sexual violence and domestic violence; the first homelessness policy; equal treatment for adoptive parents; or the lifting of the limitation period for civil suits related to sexual assault.

All this without forgetting what is, today, the Act respecting end-of-life care, an issue in which Véronique Hivon played a key role.

As she recalled, she was in opposition when she first “left” the Dying with Dignity commission. Me, the opposition, I found my account thereshe said.

In 2012, when she was a minister in the government of Pauline Marois, she presented a bill concerning end-of-life care. Died on the order paper when an early election was called, the bill was finally adopted in June 2014 under the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard. Véronique Hivon was the co-author, with Minister Gaétan Barrette.

Ms. Hivon was Minister responsible for the Lanaudière region and Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection. She had also been appointed vice-chief of the Parti Quebecois during the 2018 election campaign.

It’s not a normal life

Véronique Hivon says she does not have nothing on his screenand she refuses to commit to any project at this time.

In the long term, she intends put to good use in another way his experience and his desire to change things. Because his flame and his combativeness are always present.

But first she wants to find a space of freedom and a space of normality.

You know, political life is not a normal lifeshe described. You get up in the morning, you have to read four or five newspapers thinking right away what you’re going to answer. […] Sometimes, the article is barely finished writing that you are asked for a reaction. I need a better balance between action, which stimulates me enormously, and reflection.

And she promises to continue: I give myself back the title that I never lost, but with more force; the most beautiful title in the Parti Québécois, which is that of activist.

A huge contribution

Véronique Hivon, laughing heartily, at a press conference, in front of the fleur-de-lis.

“By rising, when necessary, beyond the famous partisan lines, you can achieve many things, especially if you stay true to yourself,” said Véronique Hivon, who says she enjoyed each of the minutes. she spent in politics.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

The Parti Québécois salutes in a press release the huge contribution of Véronique Hivon, as well as the fact that she knew how to be a present, dedicated and human MNAdefendant with passion and tenacity the people of Joliette.

PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon points out that she was a real remedy against the ambient cynicism. For the parliamentary leader of Parti QuebecoisJoël Arseneau, Véronique Hivon was an inspiring figure, in particular because she mastered the art of rally people and find the perfect compromise.

On Twitter, the announcement of the departure of Véronique Hivon has aroused many reactions in the Quebec political class.

She is a brilliant and passionate woman.wrote Prime Minister François Legault. Thank you Véronique for your contribution to public service and good luck for the future!

The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, who says he has worked on many files with her, retains his desire to find solutions and to contribute to the debate with sincerity.

Véronique Hivon is a great ladyaccording to the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), Dominique Anglade. She is a woman of heart, she is a woman who is determined, who has espoused social causes throughout her career.

The Liberal MP for Saint-Laurent, Marwah Rizqy, says she hopes that the National Assembly will be able to recognize the contribution of the latter and of the hivonist method.

The solidarity deputy in Mercier, Ruba Ghazal, thanks her for his humanism and his heritage.

The Bloc Québécois MP for Laurentides–Labelle, Marie-Hélène Gaudreau, affirms that Véronique Hivon can be proud of her heritage.

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