François Legault is ashamed

CHRONICLE – It was Saturday afternoon at RVM for the weekly radio meeting with friends Payne and Lapointe. The first asks frankly whether the reaction to François Legault’s invective against Pierre Arcand (“Yé pas mort, lui?”) was after all disproportionate.

Good-natured, Lapointe admits that he found the joke quite funny, even recognizing the settler side of the affair. During his reply, some heartbreaking images flash through my mind. A series, in fact, of our Prime Minister’s heartbreaking moments. The one who today wears the sneakers of the giants Lévesque, Bourassa, Parizeau, Bouchard and Landry.

So I had fun compiling – so to speak – the short list of embarrassing quotes or events surrounding Legault with the following question in the background: Can we imagine such behavior in the same predecessors?

  • During the 2014 election campaign, while Legault was accompanied by his wife, the latter dared to say “hello” to the journalists present. The candidate Legault rejects her as quickly as possible: “No, it’s not you who speaks.”
  • To a still simple question from Infoman, “Who said French Canadians were a people without history?” Legault stammers, yet a self-proclaimed great reader, and refuses to answer. At Jean-René Dufort’s urging, he stammers this: “Un… un… EVIL.” The right answer? The one we learn in secondary 4: Lord Durham.
  • Speaking to the Conseil du patronat, Prime Minister Legault said, “Every time I bring in an immigrant who earns less than $56,000, my problem gets worse. […] It is important that we tell each other the real business.”
  • In conversation with The duty, Legault explains: “Currently there are far too many immigrants in Quebec who are not qualified or do not speak French. So we would take more from the French. As well as… Europeans.”
  • According to some opposition deputies who confided in me, before the start of the session in the House, he said to Sébastien Proulx: “Worse, today you’re telling us you’re resigning, eh?”
  • During the swearing-in of his council of ministers, Legault, who introduced Sonia LeBel, said to her, “You’re going to the Treasury, my… darling.”
  • In defense of Maurice Duplessis last fall, he claims we owe him “our National Assembly”. Erratum: The Legislative Assembly has not only existed since 1792, but was also renamed in 1968, after the death of Duplessis, and under Jean-Jacques Bertrand.
  • Still in this desire to rehabilitate Duplessis, he in turn proclaimed himself “head of the nation.”
  • An ad from 2014 reads: “Couillard and Lisée advocate the chador for teachers in our schools. Only the CAQ defends our values.”
  • During the 2018 campaign, in which he discusses his pledge to reduce the number of new arrivals in Quebec, he proves unable to explain the basics of the rules regarding obtaining citizenship, confusion and residency. The next day he confirms that he has “done his homework”, and that he has “read” [sur le sujet] not bad all night» before returning … 24 hours later. Clearly on the defensive, he then proclaims, “Do Quebec residents expect me to be a budding genius to answer how long does it take to obtain citizenship?”
  • To justify Law 21, he claims, “90% of people agree with me on my Facebook page.”
  • On the same subject, the following pearl: “To avoid extremes, you have to give in a little to the majority. […] We mark the field because there are some slightly racist people who would like there to be no religious signs anywhere, not even in the public square.
  • He rejects the concept of systemic racism, however proven by Viens’ report, that of the Commission des droits de la personne and the confessions of the SPVM and the RCMP, going so far as to endorse the Joyce principle rejects. [Echaquan]which essentially provides that all Quebec residents, including Aboriginal people, have access to the same health care.
  • For the thousandth time his project of 3 . praisedand link, he claims the latter “would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and therefore be beneficial to the environment”.

Perfect, François Legault’s predecessors? Of course not. But let’s admit, without forcing, that we are currently witnessing a style of governance that is iconoclastic to say the least. It remains to see the judgment, ultimately reserved by history.

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