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Key Quebec Liberal leaves Trudeau’s fold

Maclean’s has learned that top Liberal staffer Yves Malette resigned in protest over a reduction of party resources in Quebec


 

A senior Quebec member of the Liberal Party of Canada has resigned in protest, Maclean’s has learned.

Yves Malette has been director of operations with the party’s Quebec wing since September 2013. In a letter to Quebec party president Linda Julien, which Maclean’s has obtained, Malette cites a decrease in party resources devoted to Quebec—as well as the party’s increasing Ontario-centric power base.

“For some time now, the LPC’s priorities have been geared toward building and supporting the top of the pyramid, and the structures and resources have been centralized in Ottawa and Toronto, as opposed to being accessible to the membership, the organization and those running on-the-ground operations,” reads the letter dated Sept. 2.

Malette’s resignation letter is in sharp contrast to his public announcement of his departure, which the long-time organizer posted on his Facebook page. “I had extraordinary moments as director of operations … but now a new life plan is coming about for me!” reads the post, published on the same day as his resignation letter to the party. “I oversaw an extraordinary and unparallelled team that made its mark across Quebec. An extraordinary leader, determined candidates and passionate supporters! Everything is in place for a victory in the next elections!”

Malette didn’t respond to an interview request.

In an email to Maclean’s, chief Liberal organizer Pablo Rodriguez said he had a conversation with Malette following the latter’s resignation “in order to clear up certain elements raised” by Malette.

“Once [I] explained to him that additional resources were going to [be] allocated to the Quebec wing as the election approached, Mr. Malette said he was reassured and confident that we will have the resources to meet our ambitions. Mr. Malette said he wasn’t aware what we had in store for the Quebec wing of the party.”

In another email to Maclean’s, Rodriguez said Malette left his position “for personal reasons,” though Malette’s resignation letter didn’t mention any such thing. Asked to explain why Malette hadn’t mentioned any personal reasons, Rodriguez would only say that Malette was moving to Costa Rica. “I can’t say anything further,” Rodriguez wrote. “It’s his personal life.”

Malette’s resignation comes amidst growing criticism from Quebec Liberals that the party has become more Ontario-centric under Leader Justin Trudeau and his adviser. As Maclean’s reported in May, Trudeau lost four Quebecers from his inner circle since becoming Liberal leader in 2013. The Quebec wing also lost key positions within the party following a recent organizational streamlining effort. “The party is being run by English Canada,” former PLC (Q) director general Yves Lemire told Maclean’s.

At the time, Liberal spokesperson Michel Archambault chafed at the suggestion that Quebec had lost power at the expense of Ontario within the party. “It’s false, but you’re allowed your opinion,” Archambault told Maclean’s at the time, before hanging up.

As well, Liberal candidate Marc Miller was undermined when Maclean’s revealed that many people who voted for his nomination in the Montreal riding of Ville-Marie hadn’t paid for their membership cards—a violation of the Liberals’ own rules.

Here is Malette’s letter to the party (in French.)

Yves Malette's resignation letter


 

Key Quebec Liberal leaves Trudeau’s fold

  1. “For some time now, the LPC’s priorities have been geared toward building and supporting the top of the pyramid, and the structures and resources have been centralized in Ottawa and Toronto, as opposed to being accessible to the membership, the organization and those running on-the-ground operations,” reads the letter dated September 2.”
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    Community-based Liberal executive members resigning in several ridings, libel suits against Trudeau from ex-MPs and candidates, and now a key organizer identifying the Ottawa-Toronto oligarchy — all is not well with the man who prattles on about open, transparent , new approaches to leadership ad nauseum: has Trudeau finally been unmasked by his own followers?

  2. So Pablo Rodriguez is Chief Liberal organizer. I wondered what happened to him. How’s your drunken driving causing harm case going Pablo? Did your buddies in high places get you off the hook?

  3. Perfectly logical for the Liberal Party to allocate resources to ridings they have a chance to win, in view of the fact that the NDP remains in the lead in francophone Quebec ridings. Hopefully they will do the same elsewhere, rather than trying to take seats where the NDP is best-placed to defeat Harper.

    • So the Liberal Party doesn’t have a chance to win francophone ridings in Quebec? Can I be there when you break the news to the youngling? Or is there some kind of new math that tallies a Liberal majority from seats in the maritimes, downtown Toronto and a handful from the left coast?

    • Yves Malette has been director of operations with the party’s Quebec wing
      Mr. Malette said he wasn’t aware what we had in store for the Quebec wing of the party.

      The director of operations for Quebec wasn’t aware of Liberal plans for the Quebec wing? If their staff is this uninformed, how do they plan to get any message across to voters?

  4. I don’t think this will change anything for the Grit party. This is just another small bump in the road to the next election. Nobody is stealing money, or there is no scandal, just people not getting along. Quebec has roughly 10 million people, maybe more, maybe less, not sure, a lot of cherries to pick from. Justin Trudeau said he would rebuild this party, and he is doing so. I trust Justin Trudeau and his Team to do the right thing. Harper changes staff like he changes his underwear, once every month.

    • Quebec has about 7 or 8 million people, but more to the point: “people not getting along” is a significant problem. Wouldn’t you agree? Wouldn’t you expect some level of cohesion within a party, or healthy dialogue if problems arise, rather than the outrage from within the Liberal party that we’ve been seeing lately?

  5. Could this be another cloud with a silver lining?
    (The Trudeau is ‘not a true and loyal Canadian’ because of his French background refrian might just take a hit in the RoC with this news.)

  6. JT is rebuilding the party there’s bound to be one or 2 that disagree, enjoy your tax-free escape to costa rica mallette.
    …and yes, atleast NONE of JT’s opponents can claim that he is just pandering to Quebec only?

  7. Well, sorry to disappoint you but the real story is very different that what you just read.
    Mr. Malette was ask to write his letter of resignation. That is the real story here!
    Problem with budget and very unhappy members of the party all over the province where the main reason of his departure. The point’s mention in his letter are also true but not the real reason behind his departure. Since Justin Trudeau got elected they have major problems in the Montreal office and before also. Mr. Malette was doing what he was told to do half of the time, the other half well he did not do to well and got kick out. The worst is that things are not getting any better and won’t go any better for a forcible future because the same peoples are still in the wrong chairs in that office.
    So the real question here is, who was giving the order to Mr. Malette ?
    In his job description, he had to find new peoples for eventual candidacy in all the riding’s of the province. Well he found many of them but he found some of them with very questionable background!
    Again the worst happen, those people went through the screening process and got accepted by the group in charge finding the right candidates for the riding’s in Quebec. Mr. Malette brought those people knowing there background ( Commission Charbonneau ) and now they are official candidates with others in there respective riding. He got blame for that pretty hard but still they approved those people after all. They could have say no and rejected them.
    So, he got kick out that is the real story and the real people running the show are still there.
    Mr. Malette will be heading to Costa Rica away form this. Good for him, this is a long time dream for him. He deserve it and i hope he will enjoy it along with his wife.
    The problem will still be there in Montreal, nothing get’s done. Mr. Rodriguez was saying that they will get the support they need when the time will come. That is the real problem. You need to work now on the ground with your members and get the Job done. Not when they will
    call the election, it will be to late. The riding’s need money, the riding’s need leaderships and they need someone to show them the way. Trough leadership is need in Montreal and it will not come from those in place except from a few already there.

    Sorry but that is the real story in Montreal.
    Forget what you just read in Mr.Malette letter, there is a lot more than meet the eyes.

    Good day.

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