Before you consider to create a provincial wing of the NDP in Quebec, the party must focus to ‘win the spirit’ of Quebecers and to lead the fight against the Conservatives, and no one else, argued Thomas Mulcair Sunday at the closing of the biennial Congress of the NDP Quebec wing.
At the heart of discussions of the weekend Congress, the NPD-Québec project was referred to the Greek Calends Saturday. A Committee “will continue the discussion”, but it really will resume after the federal elections in 2015. “It would be a mistake to start at this point, especially in a minority Government context, reiterated Mr. Mulcair Sunday.” The priority must be to be able to go out Stephen Harper in 2015. »
In his speech closing before about 600 activists – a record for the Quebec wing of the NDP-, Chief Mulcair also concentrated all of his attacks on the conservatives. He has not mentioned the Bloc Québécois, nor the Liberals and their leadership contestant, Justin Trudeau. “The Conservatives are our only opponent in Quebec,” explained Mr. Mulcair in press briefing later.
Even though a recent CROP survey indicated that the liberal party led by Mr. Trudeau would currently favor with Quebecers (36% for the PLC and 30% for the NDP before the block at 19% and the conservatives to 11%), Mr. Mulcair maintained that “polls are constant over the past year and show that the NDP would pick up the same number of seats.’, certainly. Otherwise, he recalled that the Liberals will have many things to rebuild with their ‘seventh Manager in nine years.
Conservatives, Mr. Mulcair was therefore said that they form a ‘worn Government which bogged in scandal for its questionable handling of public funds’. “In the Canada by Stephen Harper, if you are not a relative of the Government, or if you are not part of the conservative political base, you are simply invisible”, has accused Mr. Mulcair from the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. According to him, the conservatives want to make believe that we have no choice but to accept the quiet decline of our quality of life.
The NDP leader mocked the quality of Quebec conservative members. “The lack of Conservative MPs who remain in Quebec [five] make no effort to bring the voice of the Quebec Government, he said. They are merely performing the orders of Stephen Harper, regardless of whether or not it goes against the interests of Quebec. That is unacceptable. »
The NDP solidifier
In 2011, the NDP has managed to win the hearts of Quebecers, but, next time, these are also the spirits that must convince”, believes Thomas Mulcair. And beyond “progressive values, it’s leadership style that will forge a link of sustainable trust with Quebecers,” he said.
His party must, among other priorities, “take root more deeply here in the upcoming elections to be able to conduct a real field campaign” in Quebec. Quebec troops must “have the financial means and the Organization for campaigning in the 78 constituencies” in 2015.
In Quebec as elsewhere, Mr. Mulcair promised to “to ensure that Mr. Harper’s Conservatives meet on their way an electoral machine more efficient and more formidable than any they have known until now. In press briefing, he acknowledged the character of ‘formidable’ machine built by the conservatives to raise funds.
This regional Congress of the NDP went without great dissension (instead of the national Congress of June 2011 where a good discussion on socialism had marked the debates). The adopted resolutions are part of the NDP, and some logic more abstract – like reflection on the opportunity to help by referendum to the creation of a world Government – have not had the time to be discussed. The President of the Quebec wing, André St-Hilaire, was re-elected.