Lesson from the American elections: “We are still able to talk to each other”, believes Nadeau-Dubois
Quebec Solidaire MNA Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois speaks during question period Thursday, December 5, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jacques Boissinot
Share November 4, 2020 12:58 p.m. Updated at 1:33 p.m. Share Lesson from the American elections: “We are still able to talk to each other”, believes Nadeau-Dubois
Olivier Bossé Le Soleil “I am confident that in Quebec, we are still able to talk to each other. I'm optimistic. But we have to see last night's results as a warning about what could happen if we are not careful, if we do not take care of our democratic climate. ”
The possible re-election of Donald Trump sounds like a wake-up call for Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois on “political overpolarization”.
“Right now, there is a rise in Quebec of conspiracy thinking. We see around us people, friends, colleagues, family members who may be tempted by certain speeches that are close to those of Donald Trump, ”said the co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire (QS ), Wednesday morning, in the hall of parliament, the day after a short night for several elected officials and other lovers of politics.
“The message I have this morning is: let's continue talking to each other in Quebec, let's continue to talk about politics, let's continue to debate even if we don't agree, let's continue to talk about politics even at our dinners. family when it gets hot. Then the people around us that we see being tempted by these ideas, do not point the finger at them, do not stigmatize them.
“On the contrary, let's keep the dialogue alive. Let us continue to nurture a civic life, an inclusive, dynamic civic life where we talk about politics rather than shutting ourselves in chapels and shouting names at each other. Personally, I think that this is the little bit we can do in Quebec to limit the rise of candidates like Donald Trump in democracies, ”said an inspired Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.
The deputy for the Montreal constituency of Gouin refuses to equate Democratic candidate Joe Biden with the left, a movement of which QS is a part, in opposition to Mr. Trump and the right.
“Joe Biden was not a left candidate, he is a center candidate. The proof is that several Republicans supported him. So it is not a failure of the left, it is a failure of the American Democratic Party which has chosen a strategy, and which is essentially a centrist strategy ”,
Worse than in House of Cards
Parliamentary leader of the Parti Québécois and Member of Parliament for Matane-Matapédia, Pascal Bérubé focuses his attention on important issues between Quebec and the United States: border closures due to COVID-19, economic protectionism, free trade agreement with the Mexico, aluminum, wind turbines, etc.
“And the security of the world! The way Donald behaves in command of the military, which could endanger us and the rest of the world. This is my main concern with Donald Trump. But we'll wait and see who wins … But I was listening to House of Cards and I thought it was crazy. But reality is even crazier than fiction! ” says Mr. Bérubé, about the popular TV series that starred Kevin Spacey as one of the most treacherous President of the United States.
For her part, Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault has kept a small reservation on the desired identity of the American president for the next four years. As his boss François Legault had also done on Tuesday.
“We would have liked a result that was perhaps more frank. It's still evolving. Just before I came to join you, I saw that there was a comeback from Mr. Biden. But in any case, anyway, we will agree to the result that will have been decided by the American population. The fact remains that this is an American election, so we have to stick to the decision of American citizens, ”said Ms. Guilbault, Wednesday morning, in front of journalists from Quebec's parliamentary hill.