43rd Legislature of Quebec's National Assembly Convenes

Social Responsibility in the Wake of Quebec Election Results

– Pierre Soublière –

Today, November 29, Quebec's National Assembly will begin the first session of its 43rd Legislature, following the October 3 general election. The agenda the government of François Legault pursues by using his majority to do whatever the private interests he serves want, makes the people's absence of political power in their own hands a major issue of concern.

Right from the start of its "Election Night" program, when Radio-Canada announced that the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) would form a majority government, an atmosphere of triumphalism was created. It was as if life itself began and ended with this electoral fraud. To achieve this, journalists continued to ignore reality and pursued their disinformation campaign.

For example, on election night, some repeated how Quebeckers had appreciated the CAQ's "management of the pandemic." Radio-Canada journalists did not even mention that a Radio-Canada investigation into the McKinsey consulting firm revealed that this company "managed" pandemic funds right into its own pockets and, for all intents and purposes, set government policy on how to "manage the pandemic."

The Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ) contributed in this election by making the voice of the working class and people heard, making their demands the engine of democratic renewal so as to humanize the social and natural environment, stop paying the rich and increase investment in social programs. The PMLQ has been very present on the issues of the day, dealing with them as they are, in a practical political way, whether on the question of succession of the monarchy, on the environment, or the living and working conditions of the people of Quebec.

The view that the ruling elites and their media seek to impose is that the people have had their chance to have a say -- as in "the people have spoken" -- and they will have to now "put up and shut up" for four years. But in its plans to pay the rich and put Quebec's human and natural resources at their disposal, the Legault government is already up against the will of working people, for whom finding solutions to the problems they face is a matter of life and death, a matter of securing a future for themselves and their children as communities, as one great humanity. Our future truly lies in defending the rights of all.

The concerns and demands of the people of Quebec will not hibernate for four years. The PMLQ will ensure that they are heard, that the movement of the people speaking in their own name develops into a mass democratic opposition that will assert the people's birthright to take the decisions which affect their lives. Only with this aim is it possible to avoid the pitfalls of animosity, diversions and division that the Legault government will sow as its pursues its nation-wrecking path.

This article was published in
Volume 52 Number 50 - November 29, 2022

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