There is less than a week until the Québec Provincial Elections, and some of you may feel dissatisfied with your options. What can you do if your views are not represented in the four main parties? You may feel tempted to simply stay at home and let your voice go unheard, but this does not have to be the case. There are no less than 20 other parties that you could vote for! In the last issue, I covered the four main parties, and so in this issue I will review four of the minor parties.
The first such party is the Conservative Party of Québec. In terms of education, they have several interesting points. They want to repeal the Book Act, which forces schools to only buy textbooks from certain suppliers, in order to lower textbook prices. On the other hand, they want to deregulate university tuition, and allow schools to raise their tuition by up to 40%. They also want to abolish the Ethics and Religious Culture course and instead implement a course to prepare youth for adult life. With regards to culture, the CPQ wants to remove QST from any products or services related to culture, such as museums and internet subscriptions.
The New Democratic Party of Québec was originally founded in 1989. The party then merged with Québec Solidaire in 1994. It was then relaunched as its own party very recently, in 2014. Their platform is a separatist one, with similar views as the federal NDP or Québec Solidaire. Unfortunately, they have not uploaded their platform to their website and so information on what they stand for is rather difficult to come by.
Next, the Marxist-Leninist Party of Québec, also known as the communist party. They were founded in 1989, and though they have never won a seat, they are still around to this day. Their views are, of course, very pro-social, calling for equality between everyone, and defending the right of the people to call a referendum for separation (should they want to). Their objectives also include things along the lines of “stop paying the rich and end secret deals with monopolies”, among others.
Finally, the Parti 51, which was recently re-founded in 2016, after having been dissolved in 1990. They are a separatist party, but unlike any you’ve heard of before. They want to leave Canada in order to join the USA. According to ther platform, all changes would be for the better. We would have a stronger dollar, access to a larger market and greater control over our own affairs. There are even considerations for this sort of event in the American constitution. As wild as the idea sounds, they do have some support!
This is but a small sample of the minor parties of Québec, and I encourage you to research the others independently. While it may seem that voting for a small party would be a waste, considering that they are unlikely to gain a seat, that is not the case. Parties receive funding based on how many votes they receive, and so voting for them now may help them win later. The power is in your hands!
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 02 on September 26, 2018