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Parti Québécois youth wing pens open letter raising concerns over embattled party

Catherine Fournier, centre, with Jean-François Lisée, right, and Carole Poirier in 2017.
Catherine Fournier, centre, with Jean-François Lisée, right, and Carole Poirier in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

A group of young Parti Québécois members says it is losing faith in the embattled party in an open letter issued on Monday.

The letter, which was signed by about 30 péquistes, suggests there is a growing rift between Quebec and the sovereigntist party.

“This break is far too great for us to hope to fix it, especially with the new generation,” the group writes in the letter.

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The move comes one week after Catherine Fournier, MNA for Marie-Victorin, announced she was leaving the PQ to sit as an Independent in the province’s National Assembly.

The 26-year-old politician said Quebec sovereignty is too fractured to succeed under any of the parties, adding that the flailing PQ is past the point of being saved.

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Her resignation was noted in the letter, in which the youth wing members said they shared Fournier’s opinion that the party is unable to connect with the new generation of Quebecers.

“We must accept that in order to rally as many separatists as possible, especially those who no longer listen to us, it is necessary that some go directly to meet them,” the letter states.

“The future of the independence movement is at stake.”

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Those who penned the statement acknowledge the PQ is responsible for many achievements tied to Quebec, including two referendums on sovereignty. However, they claim a growing number of Quebecers are realizing “the future may be elsewhere, an elsewhere we need to define.”

In the letter, the members say they want to find a new way to do things. The group will try to convince its PQ colleagues to have a fresh start on “new bases in neutral territory so that the real union of separatists can happen again.”

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—With files from Global’s Rachel Lau and the Canadian Press

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