Option Nationale founder moves to England

Posted By: Canadian Press · 8/12/2013 12:28:00 PM

The founder of Quebec's newest pro-independence party is moving to England.

Jean-Martin Aussant, who recently resigned as leader of the upstart Option Nationale, is returning to London to resume his career in international finance.

In a blog post, he says will rejoin Morgan Stanley Capital International where he was a vice-president before entering politics.

Aussant was elected as a member of the Parti Quebecois and was considered one of its rising stars. However, lamenting the PQ's timid approach to achieving independence, he resigned to create Option Nationale.

Option Nationale didn't win any seats in last year's election and Aussant lost his own riding. But the new party attracted a young energetic base, had a big online presence, and won support from sovereigntist stalwart Jacques Parizeau.

Now Aussant says the job offers he's been getting are in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and London — but nothing in Montreal or Quebec City.

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  1. LMAO posted on 08/12/2013 12:54 PM
    Jean-Martin Aussant, who recently resigned as leader of the upstart Option Nationale, is returning to London to resume his career in international finance. Now Aussant says the job offers he's been getting are in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and London — but nothing in Montreal or Quebec City.

    What a surprise to hear that there was no opportunities here in the international finance industry. How embarrassing for a confirmed separatist to have to move to England to find work of all places. Obviously he was very dedicated to the separatist cause.
    1. Cutie003 posted on 08/12/2013 02:51 PM
      @LMAO I'm just so surprised! A separatist leaving Quebec that is bilingual, educated and can't find enough money to stay. Shocking! This place is such a mess but I'm always glad to see these money hungry, power hungry separatists leave us to hell alone. Good riddance.
  2. Good riddance posted on 08/12/2013 12:55 PM
    I wonder how many job opportunities he would have if he only spoke french?
    Must be nice to have options... in case you need to leave the province to find work...
  3. Paul posted on 08/12/2013 01:01 PM
    Nice... and I bet English skills were a requirement for ANY of these jobs...
  4. Barcham posted on 08/12/2013 01:05 PM
    He couldn't find a job in Quebec? SHOCKING I tell you, SHOCKING!!! Welcome to the Quebec reality you have helped to create. A French language zealot and separatist having to work in London, ENGLAND. I can't think of a more fitting place for him.
    1. Rooster posted on 08/12/2013 03:28 PM
      @Barcham I wonder if any of the left wing separtists (or the right wing ones for that matter),would have the courage to ask about his job choices,background,education and if the policies HE and his former party support are conducive to other French Quebeckers geting similar oppurtunities.
      Some how I doubt we would get a straight answer. Of course no one would ask the question lest they be branded enemy of the Quebec people."
  5. George73 posted on 08/12/2013 01:30 PM
    Ironic that he has job opportunities in England (obviously requiring an excellent command of the English language - in fact, all of the countries/cities mentioned work in the international language of business) yet in politics supported polices that continue to deny Francophones a similar opportunity to gain language skills that would allow them to enjoy similar opportunities outside Quebec.

    Just another hypocrite in a long line of past and present politicians.

    As an ex-vice president of MS I doubt his family are in any danger of suffering from being trapped in the North American ghetto that Quebec is becoming.
  6. clint posted on 08/12/2013 01:47 PM
    Credit where credit is due....he did manage to separate from Canada....just him...no one else..maybe his loyal followers will ...follow ?.....lol you can't make this stuff up. Pauline your comments?
  7. kevin neal posted on 08/12/2013 03:02 PM
    Good riddence to bad rubish1
  8. J.S. posted on 08/12/2013 03:30 PM
    While the rest of the French speaking population who can't send their children to English schools are stuck here. He turned his back on his party, his pure laine brothers and sisters and now the separatist cause. Cheerio mate !
  9. Glynn posted on 08/12/2013 03:38 PM
    Let this be a lesson to the young energetic base who were attracted to this party and Jean-Martin Aussant. Learn to speak English so you too can have the same opportunities as your separatist party leaders.
  10. Proud Anglo posted on 08/12/2013 03:40 PM
    Jean-Martin Aussant, you are no Rene Levesque. Hippocrite, I hope the Brits serve you a nice slice of humble pie.
  11. skipper posted on 08/12/2013 04:15 PM
    It seem that most separatist leaders or want to be, the second that they don't have the lime light they quit, he couldn't give two s--ts about Quebec and its people, he is just an opportunists, and another quitter.....and they want to lead a country. Looser!!!
  12. John posted on 08/12/2013 04:49 PM
    One deranged voice less,let them all go
  13. Justanotheranglo posted on 08/12/2013 04:53 PM
    He went where the money is. He'll probably return with his pockets full of it, and ready to donate it to his beloved cause.
  14. Sic posted on 08/12/2013 04:56 PM
    If the company has let than 25 employees you have to speak English , do not speak French to your your co-workers ,even on break time . If there is French on the microwave in the staff room , cover it up. By the way you have to send your kids to school in English.
  15. CJ posted on 08/12/2013 06:35 PM
  16. Walter posted on 08/12/2013 07:53 PM
    Separatism and protecting the French language are two different things.

    It's all about people that want to go down in history, because they believe they will never be remembered.

    In order to reach this goal....There is only one thing to do....Create conflict.
    Notice how the P Q works.
    You always have keep two peoples apart or else there is no "cause".
    If we are all happy....Why the need for Change.

    The government today, try to keep us hating ,while they bleed us dry.
    Not one government crook has paid for what they have done to Quebec or Montreal.

    They bleed us dry and then leave.
    eg: Champlain Bridge, olympic stadium, and now Montreal.

    Our leaders will have to be people that never had nothing and wished that we all had everything. Or else we all stay with the liars and crooks we see today.

    Even Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy, could not keep their hands out of the cookie jar.
    People who we should have been able to trust.

    The#1 rule today...."There is only one life to live".

    Sad world we live in.
  17. Jane posted on 08/12/2013 08:33 PM
    I will use this as a perfect example of irony for my high school English students!
  18. Eric posted on 08/12/2013 09:58 PM
    Wish he would take the whole bunch of separatists along with him. Maybe then Quebec could begin to prosper
  19. Mark M. posted on 08/12/2013 10:02 PM
    Rats are leaving the sinking ship.
  20. Joe posted on 08/12/2013 10:08 PM
    Not much to comment here. It is the standard for pure laines. The population is not interested in what is on the table so let me disappear for a while then comment when the timing is right. aka Parizeau, Bouchard, Landry, except this gentleman is not a heavyweight in the political circles, maybe in the hard line circles he is but other than that his departure will be hardly noticed. Hope his English is good enough to make it in the place where Je Me Souviens comes from (that old English money), but I am sure he will do fine even though he will have to lower himself to that foreign (Malavoy) language. Good Bye Mon Amis and take a few more of your bigots with you. Do not forget when you come back to read the Decourcy welcome to Quebec my way or the highway handbook, and hurry up the places on the rowboats of skilled workers coming to Quebec are filling up fast.
  21. Deng. posted on 08/12/2013 10:17 PM
    Now just remember in England,The word
    is pasta.
  22. Thomas posted on 08/12/2013 11:57 PM
    So, reality sets in for a hardline separatist/racist. When there are no good jobs in your so called "Nation", you run and join the land of the language you supposedly hate. He is just another separatist to realize that the language of business is English. Why don't you try presenting your separatist rhetoric and anti Enlish views in the UK? What a Hippocrate!! He fires up the separatist chatter to get the old sac de douche going and the Anti english speeches, but then abandons these people to join the land of the English.
  23. Daze posted on 08/13/2013 07:12 AM
    When Opportunism knocks... Integrity not.
  24. Jacob posted on 08/13/2013 07:58 AM
    I guess he's following in the footsteps of his idol Jacques Parizeau, who studied at the London School of Economics. How incredibly hypocritical, on the one hand denying basic English education to his supporters, while benefitting from his proficiency in English. I guess the old saying "do as i say and not as i do", holds true for him. At least we'll have one less YES vote in the next referendum!
  25. J.S posted on 08/13/2013 02:18 PM
    This bozo wanted to eliminate English from Quebec and then goes to England for money ! 11months under a pq minority and there is no work for him here . WTF will there be if they separate ?
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