Les Patrons Ont Leurs Partis, Québec Solidaire Doit Devenir Le Nôtre

Le premier ministre Jean Charest a lancé des élections pour le 8 décembre contre la grogne de certains des chefs libéraux, qui sont inquiets que ça pourrait être un gros pari pour leur parti. La réalité est que Charest n’a pas d’autre choix. Retarder ces élections davantage aurait eu comme effet de créer de pires conditions pour le parti au pouvoir. L'économie du Québec ne peut pas défier la pesanteur. Nous avons débrayé une falaise avec le reste du monde, et Charest veut avoir des élections avant que nous réalisions collectivement ce qui est passé.

Quebec Elections: The Bosses Have Their Parties Québec Solidaire Should Become Ours

Premier Jean Charest has pushed through an election for Dec. 8th, against the grumbling of some of the leading Liberals, who are worried this could be a big gamble. He may have no choice, delaying the vote would likely create the worst conditions possible for the ruling party. Québec’s economy cannot defy gravity. We have walked off a cliff along with the rest of the world, and Charest hopes to have a quick election before we collectively look down and realize what’s happened.

The Shadow of Duplessis: Tragedy turns to farce in Quebec’s National Assembly

Everyone recognizes that Quebec has changed. With the last election, the Parti Québecois and the Liberals have both fallen from grace - and rather unceremoniously at that. The Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) saw a meteoric rise, which led them from the fringe to within seven seats of forming government. The slim Liberal lead now ensures governmental paralysis. But the last election was only a symptom of discontent, expressed in a distorted manner for reasons which will become clear.

After the Québec elections: Only the working class can defeat Charest and Dumont

The recent elections in Québec represent a tidal shift in the political landscape. For a generation the debate has been polarized between the federalist Liberals and the sovereigntist Parti Québécois (PQ). Voters expressed their dissatisfaction with the old parties and the old debate by electing the right-populist Action democratique du Québec (ADQ) into 2nd place, thus assuring a minority government. The class question has cut across the national question, but unfortunately from the right. Only the working class, both on the streets and by forming a mass workers’ party, can defeat the attacks sure to come from the Liberals and ADQ.

Québec: A High Stakes Election

Fightback has translated the statement put out by the Communist Party of Québec (PCQ) on the recent Québec elections.  (The original French document, along with Fightback's introduction, can be found here.)  Although we do not 100% agree with everything that's said in the document, it does provide a valuable analysis of Québec politics and should be made available to English Canada.

Québec: Une élection aux enjeux très importants

Fightback has received the following article by the Communist Party of Québec (PCQ) on the upcoming Québec elections. We are translating it into English because, while we do not agree 100% with all of the formulations, it contains very interesting analysis that should be made available to activists in English Canada and around the world.

Successes and Shortcomings of the Student Strike: Québec society on the move

Québec is in crisis and has just witnessed the largest student strike in 30 years. What is needed now is an honest appraisal of the objective failures and successes of the strike, and a sober discussion of how to build from the current situation in preparation for future battles. (May, 2005)

The Defeat of the Parti Québécois -An analysis of the 2003 Québec Election

The Québec election in April saw a dramatic about-face in government leadership. From the Parti Quebecois, advocates of separatism, control of the state was given to the Charest Liberals, the party most closely linked with the Canadian government and federalism. (May, 2003)

Pour un Québec lucide -- A warning to the working class

Led by former Québec premier Lucien Bouchard, a group of “prominent personalities” in Québec issued a manifesto titled Pour un Québec lucide (in English, For a clear-eyed vision of Québec). The document is a crude attempt on the part of the authors to insert themselves into the intellectual history of Québec. Attempting to draw upon Québec’s history and using some of the strongest symbols from its past, it is nothing more than a manifesto of the bourgeoisie for the 21st century. More than that, Pour un Québec lucide is a stark warning to the working class that things are about to change. (by Rob Lyon)

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