lundi 12 mai 2008

Élections partielles provinciales 2008 provincial by-elections

Voici ce que je viens tout juste d'écrire en réaction au titre sur le site du Parti vert du Québec (en français). Here is what I have just written on the website of the Green Party of Canada (in English).

Parti vert du Québec: Élections partielles 2008
Bourget: troisième derrière le PQ et les Libéraux avec 11,26%
Hull: quatrième derrière les Libéraux, le PQ et Québec Solidaire avec 7,2%
Pointe-aux-Trembles: quatrième derrière le PQ, les Libéraux et l'ADQ avec 4,81%.

Green Party of Quebec (PVQ): by-elections 2008
Bourget (East Montreal Island), Scott McKay (ex-leader of the PVQ): 3rd behind the Parti Québécois (PQ) and the Liberals with 11,26%
Hull (next to Ottawa), Brian Gibb (President of the GPQ): fourth behind the Liberals, the PQ and Québec Solidaire with 7,2%
Pointe-aux-Trembles (East Montreal Island): fourth behind the PQ, the Liberals and the Action Démocratique du Québec with 4,81%.

Seeing these results, why isn't the Green Party of Canada doing better in Quebec? Because it is still unilingual and lacks the understanding of Quebec's difference from the rest of Canada.

I will put forward two motions at the next GPC convention in Nova Scotia: one to hire a translator within our staff members, the other to have a shadow cabinet expert on official languages. If the language way reveals itself not to be enough to open the GPC to Quebec, I will try the ombudsperson. If that still does not give anything, I'll get elected to the federal coucil/be hired as a staff member/become myself an official languages expert. If the GPC still keeps falling behind the NDP on the Quebec question after all those undertakings, I will cease my membership.

Lynne Champoux-Williams
Étudiante de premier cycle à l'Université McGill en environnement
Sénatrice de l'AÉUM de la Faculté des arts

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