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Quand le stratège Lisée regarde le chef Lisée…

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
Jean-François Lisée says he wants “to leave life on [her] show new horizons”.

He wanted to be prime minister : that is rather returned to being a self-employed worker and author. Nearly six months after the hard electoral defeat of the Parti québécois, Jean-François Lisée — the strategist — analysis in a new book his reign as chief and is back on the scenes of the last election campaign. Interview.

It was on the very colorful bus campaign the Parti québécois a sentence intriguing : “You have seen nothing yet. “In the evening of the elections, the slogan has taken on a meaning other, then that party wiped the worst setback electoral in its history. Never seen before, in fact.

“I’m fine, even if I know that this is not what people think!!! “Sitting on Friday at the end of a conference table in the offices of the Duty, Jean-François Lisée recognizes that there are certainly” had a large change in intensity ” in his life since the 1st of October. “But I don’t feel empty,” he adds quickly.

“There are, in defeat, a kind of liberation, he writes in Who wants to the skin of the Parti québécois ?, a book that he published in ten days author account. You are no longer in charge of everything. We do not demand you have all the answers. A weight has been removed of your shoulders. Against your will, of course, but removed all the same. “

Expelled from the national Assembly (the voters of Rosemont have preferred the solidarity Vincent Marissal, Jean-François Lisée did of course not remain inactive for a long time. Here he is again in the public sphere, the head of “La boîte à Côté” (his company of a freelance writer-thinker-writer-speaker), to make ” the act of convergence between [the] old role of journalist and that of a political actor : to tell, to inform “,

Tell what ? His two years as leader of the Parti québécois, he had already published a book about his 18 months as a government minister Marois — seen through the lens of a strategist, he has never ceased to be.

Quand le stratège Lisée regarde le chef Lisée…

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
“There are, in defeat, a kind of liberation”, says the ex-leader of the Parti québécois, Jean-François Lisée.

But through this, he is primarily trying to identify what threat the PQ. “It is necessary to make the correct diagnosis for the following things,” he said. It is my thesis in the book : there is a special condition for the PQ, which is unhealthy, it should be the name if you want to roll back. “

A death announced

This ” thing “, this would be “the power of speech that the PQ is going to die,” said Mr. Lisée. “Not a hit : die. The words “agony”, “dead”, “slaughter” are used. And as a chef, I thought it was extraordinary : we have 80 000 members, more than anyone ; our rooms are full ; the funding popular is good ; it has a very high vitality… but as soon as I get out of the party, he said to me, “You die.” It looks very depressing on the intention to vote : you don’t want to vote for someone that everyone says that it is in the article of death. “

The media here have their share of responsibility, said Jean-François Lisée. “Journalists are relaying it. It is frustrating, but I don’t blame them. I’m not in the adversarial mode, ” says the one who devotes a chapter to the relationship between journalists and politicians (in particular to explain the mode of functioning of the media and their bias in favour of the controversy “).

But it was not only them, ” he said. “A part of the electorate considers that it hurts to hold a referendum when we lose. And that it is not necessary to return to this pain. In psychology, we call it “avoidance” : there is a real problem, there is a solution, but you don’t want to go there because the solution can be painful. Then you avoid. And so, the PQ is a presence that said : even if you love us, it would be better to avoid it. And some say : if it disappears, this risk of pain would be finished. “

And would he that ” names the problem, the elephant in the room, is the first step to try to resolve it “. Because ” the speech standing on our impending death is a powerful poison that we cut the wings, he writes in the book. It has nothing to do with the quality of our leaders, candidates, actions, programmes or slogans. It is now so deeply rooted that it seems to me to arise from a kind of defense mechanism of the company, including in the sovereignist “.

Mea culpa

Jean-François Lisée denies that highlight the effects of the discourse mortuary is a way to clear its own responsibility in the defeat. When we told him that his book could have been called ” Zero excuse “, in reference to the “zero slogan” of the pre-electoral campaign of the Parti québécois, Mr. Lisée responds with a non-farm.

“On the evening of the defeat, I said that I was taking my share of responsibility. This is not a figure of style. […] I convinced the party to follow me in a strategy that has been a failure. The responsibility for the defeat rests with me and I take it perfectly. But once you said it, one may ask what lessons are to be learned not to commit the same mistake twice. “

His book stands as a list of the ” 50 +1 lessons of applied politics “. Some of them come from the episode missed of convergence with Québec solidaire — a moment that has left a bitter taste in Jean-François Lisée.

Readers of the book (the major revelations were contained in a summary published by Mr. Lisée in The News last week) feel may-be as the former chief guard of the resentment. He swears that it is not. “Not at all. I am the most factual possible ” in describing the events, said Mr. Lisée.

But he has not digested the refusal of solidarity to sign this pact PQ-QS. “They have chosen to grow against the PQ, even if it gave power to a party that would do nothing for social justice, ecology, and the minimum wage. This is an extraordinarily cynical, that is harmful to our common ideals. I describe it coldly. […] It is a choice cynical cold which does not help the common good. “

Mr. Lisée still think it would be better if the two parties agree. But he believes half. “QS will not accept to consider a pact with the PQ that after an election where they will have regressed. […] Their goal is not to have a government for the common good, it is growing from election to election. “

For the rest of the things, the old chief did not intend to interfere in the current affairs of the PQ. “My contribution is there. The suite belongs to a new generation of leaders. […] I have a list of projects, the writing, perhaps documentaries. It is sure that my energy will be channeled somewhere. The entrepreneur in me is starting to re-emerge. I don’t know specifically, but I have time, and I’m going to let life show me new horizons. “


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