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Parti Indépendantiste

 

Parti Indépendantiste

The Parti indépendantiste (PI) (in English: Independentist Party) is a political party promoting the independence of Quebec from Canada.

History

The party was founded in 2007 by Éric Tremblay and Richard Gervais, in the aftermath of the Parti Québécois's defeat in the 2007 Quebec election. It was registered as an official political party by the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec on October 18, 2007.[1] Candidates ran in three by-elections in Bourget, Hull, and Pointe-aux-Trembles held on May 12, 2008.[2][3] Party founder Richard Gervais, running in Bourget, received 376 votes (2.33%), finishing sixth out of six candidates.[4]

In the December 2008 provincial election, the party nominated 19 candidates, who won a total of 4,227 votes, or 0.13% of the provincial total.

On November 24, 2011 at Université du Québec à Montréal, a debate between independentist parties included the Parti Québécois, Quebec solidaire and Option nationale, but excluded PI.[5]

In the 2012 provincial election, the party nominated ten candidates, who won a total of 1,244 votes, or 0.03% of the provincial total.

In the 2014 provincial election, the party nominated one candidate, party leader Michel Lepage, who won 126 votes in Borduas riding.[6]

Beliefs

According to former leader Éric Tremblay, the Parti Québécois has given up the will to actively seek the sovereignty of Quebec. Tremblay considers that, if given a majority of seats at the National Assembly of Quebec, the Parti indépendantiste would have clear mandate to achieve sovereignty, even if it receives less than 50% of the popular vote. Tremblay did not hide his intention to put an end to all public financing of English-language schools and hospitals come his election, even though he would offer unilingual English-speakers health care in their language. The party suggests a reduction of more than half of the number of immigrants admitted, which would be reduced to 20,000, and the selection of immigrants based on the knowledge of French.[7]

Leadership and support

Éric Tremblay was the leader from 2008 to 2011, and the leader since 2011 has been Michel Lepage. According to the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec, donations were $33792 in 2008 and then fell sharply in 2009 and 2010. Prominent supporters have included:

Links to neo-Nazis

The Parti indépendantiste has been criticised for having links with [13] The party has been compared to the French National Front because it recruited a fascist.[14] An article published in the newspaper Le Soleil accused the Parti Indépendantiste of being "authentic reactionary racist",[15] and another article by the same newspaper reported that a neo-Nazi was in the hierarchy of the party.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ Elections Quebec
  2. ^ monvote.qc.ca
  3. ^ Le Parti indépendantiste fera ses premières armes aux élections partielles, May 10, 2008
  4. ^ Official Results (Bourget, 2008), Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
  5. ^ http://www.vigile.net/Debat-sur-Les-strategies-et-modes
  6. ^ Directeur général des élections du Québec, April 9, 2014 Final 2:24 pm
  7. ^ http://www2.canoe.com/infos/quebeccanada/lequebecvote/archives/2008/11/20081118-162257.html
  8. ^ Radio-Canada 15 April 2008
  9. ^ Vigile.net
  10. ^ Fachowatch «Des néo-nazis dans les rangs et dans la hiérarchie du Parti Indépendantiste»
  11. ^ Fachowatch «Sébastien Moreau, un néo-nazi président du comité exécutif du Parti Indépendantiste»
  12. ^ Fachowatch «Un néo-nazi comme trésorier du Parti Indépendantiste»
  13. ^ Fachowatch «Organisation d'une manifestation raciste avec des néo-nazis à Montréal»
  14. ^ La Tribu Du Verbe «Le Parti Indépendantiste, une version Québécoise du Front National ?»
  15. ^ Le Soleil «Ultra-gauche et ultra-droite»
  16. ^ Le Soleil «Ex-administrateur lié au néonazisme : le Parti Indépendantiste inconfortable»

External links

  • Official party website
  • La Politique québécoise sur le Web
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