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Text of remarks by Gilles Duceppe


 

Bonsoir.

Le Bloc Québécois est un parti voué au service exclusif des Québécoises et des Québécois.

Il y a à peine 50 jours, les électeurs nous ont confié un mandat très clair. Les Québécoises et les Québécois nous ont demandé de continuer à défendre les valeurs et les intérêts du Québec, mais aussi d’empêcher les dérives idéologiques des conservateurs.

En temps de crise économique, nous avons le devoir de nous élever au-delà des considérations partisanes. C’est pourquoi, le Bloc Québécois a été le seul parti à présenter un plan de relance de l’économie, chiffré et réaliste, le 24 novembre dernier. Les conservateurs nous ont même félicités pour ce plan.

Malheureusement, pour des motifs partisans, Stephen Harper a ensuite tout rejeté du revers de la main et il a créé une crise politique de toutes pièces. Le chef conservateur avait promis de s’occuper de la crise économique et au lieu de cela, il a mis le feu aux poudres.

Le Bloc Québécois avait le devoir de s’opposer à un énoncé idéologique qui s’attaquait au Québec, aux travailleurs, aux femmes et à la démocratie.

Stephen Harper a fait preuve d’un manque de jugement grave et inquiétant en faisant passer l’idéologie de son parti avant l’économie et avant le sort de la population. Le chef conservateur a confirmé les pires craintes des Québécois envers son parti et son gouvernement.

Au cours des derniers jours, plutôt que d’adopter une attitude responsable, le chef conservateur a encore une fois remis en doute le choix démocratique des Québécois. En agissant comme un incendiaire, Stephen Harper s’est montré indigne de gouverner. Le Premier ministre a montré son vrai visage et il a définitivement perdu la confiance de la Chambre des communes.

Devant l’échec du gouvernement conservateur, une majorité des élus choisis par la population a décidé d’entreprendre des discussions qui ont porté fruit. Nous avons obtenu une entente qui prévoit des gains très importants pour le Québec.

Un plan de soutien longuement attendu pour les secteurs manufacturier et forestier, pour sauver et créer des milliers d’emplois. Nous avons obtenu la restauration du financement des organismes québécois de développement économique pour les régions du Québec.

Les compressions des programmes en culture seront annulées.

L’entente prévoit de l’aide pour les retraités touchés par la crise. Nous nous sommes entendus sur la création d’un programme de soutien aux travailleurs âgés et pour que la caisse d’assurance-emploi soit mise uniquement au service des travailleurs.

Pour l’environnement et l’économie, l’entente prévoit un mécanisme inspiré de Kyoto, qui correspond aux demandes du Québec. Nous avons également convenu d’une aide aux familles, assortie d’un droit de retrait avec pleine compensation pour le Québec.

Le Bloc Québécois ne participera pas à ce nouveau  gouvernement. Nous nous sommes engagés à soutenir cette coalition pour une période de 18 mois, à partir d’une entente qui correspond aux intérêts du Québec. Nous allons rester libres pour servir le Québec.

Ce que nous voulons, c’est qu’au cours des 18 prochains mois, le prochain gouvernement travaille à la relance de l’économie et au soutien des personnes affectées par la crise.

M. Harper a refusé de prendre ses responsabilités et maintenant, il voudrait nous replonger en élections et perdre encore trois mois.

Tout cela a assez duré.

Je demande à M. Harper de laisser la Chambre des communes voter, qu’on en finisse avec son gouvernement. Et qu’enfin, nous puissions travailler à combattre de toutes nos forces la crise économique qui s’abat sur nous


 

Text of remarks by Gilles Duceppe

  1. I assume that Mr. Layton’s remarks will also be posted? Or at least an explanation given as to why they are not?

  2. Best speech of the bunch, stylistically. Impressive that he managed to not say “Canada” even once.

    Looking at Duceppe, you realise how much Quebec has sacrificed to blind nationalism. He could have been a great man; instead he’s reduced to the moral level of a 27-year-old still living at home. Well, maybe he’ll be reincarnated as a Canadian.

  3. as a western when will it be my rurn to be offened?????

  4. Oue le translation Anglais see vou plait?
    (where is the Duceppe english translation please?)

    And, why would CTVnewsnet Cut-off Duceppe IN THE MIDDLE of his “response” to immediately swing the viewership to See/hear Layton give his “response”? Disgusting!

    With Layton literally in the Parliament Building he could have been told to PLEASE WAIT 5 minutes.

    I think it was exceptionally rude, unprofessional and even “scary” that a big network would deliberately pull the Duceppe speech WHILE IT IS LIVE ON THE AIR!

    Canadians from sea to sea to sea need to hear what Duceppe says.
    I absolutely do NOT want CTV viewers to be subjected to the same “information control” that the Bloc media/intelligentsia is able to maintain over its public when Quebec francophone media refuses to accurately and completely report the “Canadian” facts.

    The man’s mission statement in the Bloc Quebecois website could not be plainer.
    The Canadian public NEEDS to hear–FIRST HAND— what the Bloc intends to do.

    The central Canada media/elite complex can not gloss over or downplay this inconvenient Truth.

    On definitions: The Bloc is not part of the (pseudo) “coalition” nor do they want to be.
    The question that needs to be asked is: Why Not?
    The Bloc entered into an “accord”.

    Why would an “opposition” party refuse to join a coalition and thus be empowered to OVERTLY MAKE decisions in government? Ask Parizeau. We have to give credit to the secessionists—they don’t mince words. A chaotic “*1tal1an-style” Parliament is just what the Bloc wants in order to demonstrate to their subset of the province–the Quebecois base—-that Canada is ungovernable. And then the only solution is seccession. But in the meantime…..extract more money and concessions…..

    Somebody in the House needs to stand up for Canada and say to the Speaker the next time the MPs Oath is up for debate that the Bloc’s unwillingness to be in the (pseudo) coalition is concrete evidence that they are not “loyal opposition” as per MP Oath. Therefore the Bloc must not be allowed to Sit. No Sit means No Vote.

    What we have now is a *de facto bi-national* parliament where Majority Government by any party is likely to remain improbable for the foreseeable future.

  5. Here’s the English text:

    Good evening.

    The Bloc Québécois is a party dedicated to serving Quebeckers only.

    Barely 50 days ago, the voters handed us a very clear mandate. Quebeckers asked us to keep defending Quebec’s values and Quebec’s interests, and also to act as a check on the pull of Conservative ideology.

    In this time of economic crisis, it is our duty to rise above partisan interests. That is why the Bloc Québécois has been the only party to present an economic stimulus plan, well-researched and realistic, on the 24th of November. The Conservatives even congratulated us on it.

    Unfortunately, for reasons of partisanship, Stephen Harper later rejected it all with the back of his hand and provoked a completely manufactured political crisis. The leader of the Conservatives had promised to tackle the economic crisis instead of all this, [but] he lit the fuse.

    It was the duty of the Bloc Québécois to oppose an ideological declaration which attacked Quebec, workers, women, and democracy.

    Stephen Harper has shown a serious and troubling lack of judgment in allowing his party’s ideology to take precedence over the economy and the situation of the people. The Tory leader has confirmed Quebeckers’ worst fears as regards his party and his government.

    Over these last few days, instead of taking a responsible attitude, the Tory leader has once again called Quebeckers’ democratic choices into question. Stephen Harper’s incendiary rhetoric has shown that he is not fit to govern. The Prime Minister has shown his true face and has definitively lost the confidence of the House of Commons.

    In light of the Conservative government’s coming to a standstill, a majority of the people’s chosen representatives decided to engage in discussions which have borne fruit. We have secured an agreement which calls for very important gains for Quebec.

    A long-awaited bailout plan for manufacturing and forestry sectors, for saving and creating thousands of jobs. We secured the restoration of financing for Quebec’s
    regional economic development agencies.

    The cutbacks in cultural programs will be canceled.

    The agreement calls for aid to retirees affected by the crisis. We reached an understanding on the creation of a support program for elderly workers and so that the EI [I think — “la caisse d’assurance-emploi”] program will be put at the service of workers only.

    For the environment and the economy, the agreement calls for a mechanism inspired by Kyoto, which corresponds to Quebec’s demands. Likewise we agreed on a program to help families and a corresponding right to retirement with full compensation for Quebec.

    The Bloc Québécois will not be participating in this government. We have undertaken to support this coalition for an 18-month period, on the basis of an agreement which corresponds to the interests of Quebec. We will remain free to serve Quebec.

    What we want is that, over the next 18 months, the next governemnt should work to stimulate the economy and support those affected by the crisis.

    Mr. Harper has refused to fulfil his responsibilities and now he’d prefer to send us back to the polls and lose another three months.

    This has gone on long enough.

    I ask Mr. Harper to let the House of Commons vote, so that we can have done with his government. And so that we can at long last work to fight with all our power against the economic crisis which is breaking upon us.

  6. Thank you Mr. Jack Mitchell for providing that Duceppe translation for us to read and reflect on. Merci mon frere.

  7. EI is correct in intent. “La caisse d’assurance-emploi” refers to the Québec program which serves the equivalent function.

    And let me second that thanks.

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