Lucien Bouchard tears into the PQ -

Lucien Bouchard tears into the PQ

Former premier urges sovereigntists to focus their attention on more pressing problems than identity issues


Former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard waited nearly ten years to step back into the political stoplight, but he made a doozy of a re-entry at an event celebrating the 100th anniversary of Le Devoir last night. Bouchard excoriated the PQ’s apparent desire to replace the all-but-defunct Action démocratique du Québec as the chief representative of Quebec’s “radical niche.” The ongoing debate into religious displays and the role they should play in a secular society like Quebec’s is “exaggerated,” Bouchard said, and runs counter to René Levesque’s ideals. “[Levesque] wasn’t worried about things like that,” he said. “He wasn’t afraid at the sight of immigrants coming here.” Bouchard reserved his most stinging rebukes for those who want to achieve sovereignty at all costs. Though the former PQ leader says he remains a dedicated sovereigntist, the province should first concentrate on “shaking off its torpor” confront more pressing problems like the elevated high school dropout-rate, the underfunding of universities, and the difficulty in raising electricity rates.

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Lucien Bouchard tears into the PQ

  1. They are not "sovereigntists", they are separatists. As soon as Canadian writers drop the yoke of feeble political correctness they too can be as good as the British media (in the words of Colby Cosh). Separatists, not sovereigntists.

    • That was a rant, not a comment.

      Hey, you're right, this is fun!

  2. I'm delighted that M. Bouchard has finally admitted that the sovereignty dream is dead.

    • i think he is realistic, he is 70some and knows the Liberals are in power's interesting that he said he had a plan to have two referendums, the first would just be a referendum to negotiate …that is brilliant ! however, who would he have negotiated with? i imagine all other 9 provinces and the federa government would have had to work out a deal ..that is virtually impossible

  3. WOW .. never thought I'd see the day .. I miss the fights between Chretien and Lucien .. now they were good uns .. Chretien had to be one of the best attack dogs for Trudeau that I have ever seen made Baird look liike a puppy and made Harper look like a nice guy.

    • me either,, ahh the good days!!! now what do we have to look forward to ???

  4. Ah, the good old days, when politicians of every stripe actually had ideas or perspectives, instead of talking points and wedge issues.

  5. Too much drama with this article. I can see the point why.