• Québec Solidaire Prepares to Confront a New Government of Austerity and Social and Ethnic Polarization

    Québec solidaire’s 10 members of the National Assembly, elected October 1, took their oath of office on October 17 in two parts. The oath of allegiance to the Queen, required by the British North America Act (now the Constitution Act) in order to take their seats in the Assembly, was conducted behind closed doors, presided … Keep reading »

  • Solidaires Score Important Breakthrough in Quebec Election

    Analysis of the 2018 Quebec general election and the growth of the Québec solidaire party. Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire Clarifies Its Support for Independence

    There were two main tasks on the agenda at the congress of the left party Québec solidaire (QS), meeting in Longueuil December 1-3. One was the adoption of the party’s platform for the next Quebec general election, to be held in October 2018. The other was ratification of a proposed fusion with Option nationale (ON), … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Sovereigntists Debate Fallout from Québec Solidaire’s Decisions on Alliances

    As I explained in my previous report on the Québec solidaire (QS) congress, it was disclosed after the congress that the QS central leadership had disavowed the signatures by its representatives on a proposed “road map” to independence drafted in April by the coalition OUI Québec, which includes all the pro-independence parties including QS. That … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Solidaire Congress: United Front Against Austerity and For Independence

    As expected, the 500 delegates to the congress of Québec solidaire (QS), held in Montréal on May 19-22, voted to work toward a fusion with Option nationale, debated and adopted the remaining part of the party’s draft program with few major amendments, and elected a new leadership headed by “co-spokespeople” Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Solidaire: In Search of a Second Wind

    Local and regional bodies of Québec solidaire (QS) are in the process of discussing and taking a first vote on the proposals from the party’s national bodies for its convention to take place at the beginning of May 2013. Political strategy, including the issue of alliances with other parties, as well as the choice of … Keep reading »

  • Québec Solidaire Struggles to Define its Space in Shifting Political Landscape

    About 400 members of Québec solidaire met in Montréal, December 9-11 in a delegated convention to debate and adopt positions on major social and cultural questions. The convention capped the third phase in a lengthy process of developing what the left-wing sovereigntist party describes as a program of social transformation. Only days earlier, the QS … Keep reading »

  • ‘Beyond capitalism’?: Québec Solidaire Launches Debate On Its Program For Social Transform

    At a convention held in Montreal on March 25-27, Québec solidaire (QS) concluded the second round in the process of adopting its program. More than 350 delegates from party associations across the province debated and adopted the party’s stance on issues in relation to the economy, ecology and labour. And they reaffirmed their determination to … Keep reading »

  • After A Highly Successful Year, Quebec Solidaire Starts Debate On Program

    In the past year Amir Khadir, Québec Solidaire‘s first elected MNA (Member of the National Assembly), has become one of Quebec’s most popular personalities. He has won plaudits from all observers and more importantly, from the public for his performance in and out of the Quebec parliament. His widely publicized positions denouncing political corruption among … Keep reading »

  • Québec solidaire: A Left-of-the-Left Formation?

    The first decade of the 21st century has seen the rise of new ‘left of the left’ formations in several Western countries. The best known cases are the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) in France and Die Linke (The Left) in Germany. These new parties share some common traits: they are based on an explicit rejection … Keep reading »

  • Quebec Left Debates Independence Strategy

    LAVAL — Québec solidaire, the left-wing party founded almost four years ago, held its fifth convention in this Montréal suburb on November 20-22. About 300 elected delegates debated and adopted resolutions on the Quebec national question, electoral reform, immigration policy and secularism. The convention clarified the party’s position on some important questions at the heart … Keep reading »

  • Québec Debates: Tories’ Move to Prolong Afghanistan Intervention

    The moment of truth arrives today for the Bloc Québécois, and for those on the left who have pledged their support to its strategy of shoring up Harper’s minority government. It comes in the form of the debate in Parliament scheduled for this evening on extending the Canadian mission in Afghanistan for another two years … Keep reading »