[Marxism] New left party in Quebec

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 11 18:53:53 MST 2006

Québec Solidaire Adopts
a Program for Government

New Left Party Debates Election Platform
in First Policy Convention

By Richard Fidler

MONTRÉAL ­ Quebec’s new party of the left, Québec solidaire,
held its first policy convention here on November 24-26. The
320 delegates ­ 48% of them women ­ debated, amended and
adopted a draft platform for the next general election in
Quebec, expected in 2007.

Québec solidaire has grown rapidly since its founding in
February of this year. It now boasts 5,100 members in some
70 local associations organized on an electoral constituency
basis, as well as student groups on the major college and
university campuses. It is registering between 4% and 8%
support in province-wide opinion polls, and in by-elections
this year its candidates garnered up to 22% of the votes.

The February convention had adopted a declaration of
principles identifying the party’s key "values"­ social
justice, equality between women and men, viable development,
antiracism, pacifism, and international solidarity, as its
statutes proclaim ­ but not a formal program. So this was
the first opportunity for the members to begin spelling out
what the party stands for. The adoption of a limited
election platform was seen as the initial step in an ongoing
process to develop a more comprehensive program for the

The overall theme chosen by the QS central leadership, the
national coordinating committee, was addressed to what the
party proposed to do in the "first 1,000 days of the Québec
solidaire government". While this might seem like an
ambitious goal for a party that has yet to elect a single
member to the National Assembly, it expressed a positive
commitment to build a mass party that can fight for
political power in Quebec City.


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