December 8, 2005

Réponse à Tristan Péloquin de La Presse

Monsieur Péloquin,

C’est avec un étonnement certain que j’ai lu votre article Les Jeunes Libéraux fuient leur parti, mardi dernier. Sans questionner la validité du sondage de la respectée Dominion Institute, j’aimerais opposer à vos statistiques et scientifiques marges d’erreur la perspective d’un militant, sur le terrain.

Depuis deux ans, l’aile québécoise des Jeunes Libéraux du Canada a amorcé une tournée des établissements scolaires soutenue par des campagnes de publicité activistes et remarquées. À Montréal mais en particulier dans les régions, nous avons drastiquement augmenté notre membership qui compte désormais plus de 5000 membres actifs. Nos succès dans les dossiers du bouclier antimissile, des conjoints de même sexe et du réinvestissement en éducation ont prouvé que notre voix était entendue au sein de notre parti. Quand les Jeunes Libéraux parlent, le gouvernement écoute.

Comme tous les Québécois, et sans doute plus encore parce qu’il s’agissait de nos collègues, nous nous sommes sentis choqués et trahis par les révélations faites lors de l’enquête Gomery. Mais ce sont les voleurs qui sont partis, pas les jeunes libéraux. Le recrutement va toujours bon train, si bien qu’en septembre dernier, lors de notre congrès annuel, un nombre record de délégués (350) se sont déplacés des quatre coins du Québec vers Trois-Rivières. Et déjà, nous avons réussi à mobiliser des centaines de jeunes bénévoles pour l’élection hivernale.

Je n’essaie pas de dresser un portrait de la réalité plus rose qu’il ne l’est vraiment. Notre option n’est toujours pas la plus populaire chez les jeunes Québécois, c’est un fait. Mais nous tentons de faire réaliser à quel point les dernières réalisations du gouvernement sont près de leurs valeurs et de leurs priorités, et qu’il est plus important d’être constructif face au Québec et au Canada que d’enregistrer un vote de protestation, d’exclusion et de séparation. Et il semble que, lentement mais sûrement, ça fonctionne : il y a plus de Jeunes Libéraux fédéraux actifs que jamais au Québec. Les lois gravitationnelles de la politique font que le parti au pouvoir est souvent défavorisé par les jeunes. Mais, n’en déplaise à Newton (et à Duceppe!), avec la passion et l’enthousiasme que partagent mes collègues, nous comptons bien faire voler des pommes le 23 janvier.

Cordialement,

Marc-André Gendron
Jeunes Libéraux du Canada (Québec)

10 Commentaires:

Blogger PhillyC a dit...

What's this? I'm an anglophone...post the English version, I can't read French.

12/08/2005 8:43 p.m.  
Blogger Christopher Young a dit...

1-It's a Quebec site phillyc, so they have the entire right to write in french. In fact, I strongly encourage them to do so.

2-Dans un élan partisan et totalement biaisé, j'aimerais tout de même me réjouir que l'on vous devance chez les jeunes, quoi que je n'ai aucune idée de la justesse du sondage. C'est tout!

12/08/2005 11:13 p.m.  
Blogger fidel a dit...

The fact that you need to post a defense to something pelonquin wrote on your website..is kinda...well..hurtbagz. I mean...sure..by all means write La Presse..but shouldn't this blog remain to be about the discussion of ideals..more than about the patting of one's own back..oops..my bad..this is a liberal blog..damn..what was I thinking?

Actually...to be more honest..(and less facetious).for the most part you..the collective of the Young Liberals of Quebec had me..(I should also point out that you had me regardless of my general disreguard for Antonio Propaganda). I mean..you guys..for the most part.. are cool. The children of the charter..combined with the posters from last year dealing with gay rights..were awsome. I felt that you managed to not only attract my attention..but also motivate my marxist ass into something more pragmatic. I wanted to join you guys.i wanted to create the same kind of hype in my own province. but i dont know...this year (especially with the more recent posts on this site)you have lost my support. I really think you should stick to the issues. I think we should stop defending things that are really beyond any kind of reasonable defense. Acknowledge mistakes..and discuss solutions. As young people we have the capacity to forgoe the mistakes of the old and corrupt..and discuss fundamental issues in innovative and UNDOGMATIC forums. This post here..isnt about solutions..its about self-gratification..thats not cool.

Id like to point out that i attempted to write this in french..but...due to some commentators cruelty...i was a bit scarred to post. My french is rusty...and i thought that i best not try. I think that is a sad reality. But you know what's sadder...It's true that people should be encouraged to post in both official languages..but i dont think that means that uniliguals(is that a word? oh well..you probably catch my drift) should be excluded from the debate. Personally..i think its cool that an anglophone is trying (whether...genuinely or not) to understand Quebec issues. As a cbc report attempted to expose yesterday evening...Vancouverites..for the most part..have no idea.

12/09/2005 12:33 a.m.  
Blogger PhillyC a dit...

I watched that report yesterday - damn good report. I'm looking forward to the Alberta one, whenever that will be.

And yeah, I'll be fair - I say "post in English" to stir the pot, but I do actually want to know what the post is about too. I'm very busy right now and don't have the time to learch French. C'est la vie :(

I'm with Fidel on this one, there are many young politicos that are primarily in the business of resume padding and towing the party line so that no "dirt" can be dug up on them 10 years down the road at a riding nomination...it's ensuring a status quo...this country is great but it has even more potential. Personally I'm a bit afraid when even the NDP are not raising hell about private clinics...I think our "universal" health care system is at risk here. Yet, no party seems to be standing up for what universal health care really means because of polls indicating that many Cdns want a two-tier system. Health policy derived from the polls is a slippery slope...

In the last 1/2 year I've really questioned my political views...and I figured out that I can no longer just tow a party line like I did...I'm not going to die a douchebag. My views are changing, and it's scary yet wonderful. I feel like I'm developing personally...even if I'm not, at least it feels like that :P

Once you let go...it's amazing!

12/09/2005 2:29 a.m.  
Blogger Marc a dit...

Phillyc, how come you can't read and write, in 2005, the second official language of your country?
Education isn't expensive in Canada, go learn French.

12/09/2005 7:37 a.m.  
Blogger Christopher Young a dit...

Hey, hum guys, if I am the cruel French guy you're talking about, I'm sorry. The point I wanted to make is that Fuddle Duddle sometimes have unlingual english post, which no one contest; so I the same criterias apply to unilingual french posts.

12/09/2005 12:36 p.m.  
Blogger Christopher Young a dit...

Oh, and one little question : why do you deleted the link on your blog to Warren Kinsella's page (www.warrenkinsella.com/musings)?

Does it have anything to do with the link on the Ottawa Citizen article on Denise B. he posted ?

12/09/2005 12:43 p.m.  
Blogger PhillyC a dit...

Marco,

I don't think that's a fair question. You don't know what's going on in my life right now. There are situations I am dealing with right now that need my attention.

Phil

12/10/2005 2:56 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Plutôt que de militer pour le Parti Libéral, pourquoi n'allez pas vous jouer à collin-maya sur le bord d'une falaise?

12/10/2005 6:33 p.m.  
Blogger angela a dit...

british columbians are bringing the internet drama to your site. isnt that charming?

only about 20% of canadians are bilingual, which is a shame.

12/12/2005 9:09 a.m.  

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