Bloc québécois: tensions at the general council on the future of the party

Bloc québécois: vives tensions au conseil général sur l’avenir du parti

DRUMMONDVILLE — The leader of the Bloc québécois Martine Ouellet has accused the seven deputies dissidents on Sunday have fueled a “fake news” about her, and to be ‘in rupture with internal democracy” of the party.

About 200 activists of the party were gathered in a general council to Drummondville to choose a way out of the crisis that has engulfed the party since that seven of its ten members bloquistes have slammed the door, two months ago.

From the outset, the leader has attacked the seven dissidents, and then stretched hand.

She chides them for having made a diversion with the debate surrounding the attack on his personality and his leadership style, maintaining falsehoods reported in the media.

“Sometimes, we should not take inspiration from what is happening south of the border,” she said.

The chief has defended itself to be inflexible and controlling, and has instead stated that it required the rigour. It has chafed the passage the ex-chief bloquiste, Gilles Duceppe, “recognized for having led the party with an iron hand without the velvet glove” and of having imposed on his team after its return to the head of the party in 2015, a way to make “anti-democratic”.

The crisis is rather due to a power struggle recurring between “proactive” and “sitters”, she argued.

Martine Ouellet ended his speech with a call for solidarity, highlighting that the objective of independence “is more important than our personal egos”.

“I stretch my hand to resign. I hold out my hand to Mario because it is adding up that we will be stronger, not by resigning, not by dividing, not by rejecting it,” she said.

Heated atmosphere

The tensions are vivid in the general council of the Bloc québécois, which started Sunday morning in Drummondville.

Activists have inveighed mp and chairman of the party, Mario Beaulieu, accusing him of being “a putschiste and promote the dictatorship. They did not agree on the choice of a chairman for the meeting. Mr. Beaulieu suggested Martin Beaudry, while the clan of Martine Ouellet favored Louis Roy.

“I refuse coups, casting, exclaimed the mp Marilène Gill at the microphone, addressing to the colleague. The votes where it allows us to offer a first and a president who has no bias! So, I hope that the tone will be given. What we want is a democracy!”

The vice-president of the party, Kédina Fleury-Samson, then suggested the holding of a closed session in order to avoid that the media will attend the washing of dirty linen in public. The proposal was adopted and all the journalists had to leave the room.

A press officer of the party has subsequently confirmed that it was Mr. Beaudry has been chosen as the president of the assembly by the delegates.

In his opening speech a little earlier, Mr. Beaulieu had launched a message of unity in calling on members to gather.

A quarantine district associations of the Bloc québécois require a threshold of 75 percent for a possible vote of confidence in the chief Martine Ouellet.

“You know that below 75 percent, it becomes difficult to justify historically, has pleaded Valérie Tremblay, delegate of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord. What has been done in the past, decisions have been taken in general around it.”

The chief Martine Ouellet and the national office to propose the holding of a vote of confidence by universal suffrage, on 1 and 2 June, with a referendum on the mission of the Bloc québécois as a promoter of Quebec independence. She has already stated repeatedly that it would remain in position if it obtained a result of 50 percent + 1 vote.

A proposal already rejected by forty-two constituency associations which suggest, rather, that the vote of confidence took place on 15 may, two weeks earlier, and that the proposal for a referendum to be cancelled. These associations have the support of the member of parliament and chairman of the party, Mario Beaulieu, formerly a faithful ally of Martine Ouellet. Their goal is to turn the page on the crisis engulfing the Bloc as quickly as possible to then be able to rally the seven members dissenting.

A third scenario will also be submitted to the delegates by the youth wing of the party, which suggests that, after the holding of a vote of confidence early, get rid of the negative label that sticks to the Bloc québécois to revive under another name and attempt to bring together all of the great family sovereignist.

The delegates will also be called upon to adopt the main proposal of the party which would form the basis of the electoral programme for the next federal election in 2019 and that puts the independence of Quebec in the foreground.

The leadership of Martine Ouellet has been called into question repeatedly after the departure of seven deputies dissidents, but the latter has always refused to resign. According to her, the crisis is rather due to an internal conflict between two interpretations of the mission of the Bloc québécois, either as a promoter of the independence or as a defender of Quebec interests.


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