Rebirth of the Equality Party?
The Equality Party appears to be rising from the ashes.
A movement is afoot to relaunch the party that made waves back in the late 80's and early 90's.
Alan Finklestein said he returned to Montreal after a 20-year absence only to find nothing has changed on the political or linguistic front, including recurring issues with language police and the PQ and Liberals.
"Language problems, more language inspectors hired when the economy is going into the pits," Finkelstein told CJAD 800 News.
"Made me angry again. I thought life had moved on. Twenty years have passed. Same old, same old."
So Finkelstein said it was time for another political option.
"We need somebody to vote for."
Finkelstein said they don't want to be viewed as a one issue or one language party, but one that reflects everyone's interests and attracts all Quebeckers fed up with stagnating economic, education and language issues.
"Francophones have a right to get their children a decent English education. They want to compete in the global marketplace," Finkelstein said.
"We're English background, we're French background, but we're Quebeckers, we`re Canadians."
Finkelstein and other like-minded folks have set up a Facebook page under the banner Equality Party 2.0/Parti Égalité 2.0, named an interim leader and are holding a membership drive and meetings to resurrect the party with some advice from the man who led the original party from 1989 to 1994.
"I think it's healthy for democracy, it's healthy for our community to have this possible vehicle to express the issues of concern for the community," said ex-party leader and former MNA Robert Libman, who's sitting this one out and only offering advice to his potential successors.
"They have to be very careful to make sure to run only in areas where they would not be splitting the federalist vote to indirectly help the PQ. That's the challenge the Equality Party will face in any election."
Image: Equality Party 2.0/Parti Égalité 2.0