Legault invites Drainville, Lisée, PKP to join CAQ

Francois Legault says the Parti Québécois has no chance of forming a government as long as holding a sovereignty referendum is part of its program.

The leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec didn't mince words as he entered a post-election caucus in Dummondville on Thursday.

Legault, a former PQ cabinet minister, said his old party will have to go through the same kind of reflection he did when he quit the PQ caucus and left politics in 2009.

He pointed out that at least 70 per cent of Quebecers have said they don't want another sovereignty referendum, leaving the PQ without a viable issue.

Legault described the PQ as being in a dead end and invited its members to join the CAQ, which he called an example of modern nationalism.

He said such PQ hardliners as Jean-Francois Lisee, Bernard Drainville and Pierre Karl Peladeau, who are all considered potential PQ leadership candidates, would be welcome in the Coalition.

However, Legault added that Peladeau would have to sell his majority shares in media giant Quebecor before he could make the switch.

The Coalition increased its seat total in the legislature by three in Monday's election, going from 19 to 22.

The Liberals under Philippe Couillard won a majority government with 70 seats of the 125 seats up for grabs.

The PQ came in second with 30 seats.

Quebec solidaire maintained its fourth-place status but increased its members in the legislature by one for a total of three seats.

Legault says he understands that the PQ has a difficult challenge.

"The PQ has to go through the same reflection I did in 2009,'' he said. "Article 1 (of the PQ platform) is sovereignty and people don't want a referendum.

"There are a lot of members who are only in the PQ because they want a referendum. For me, it's not an issue.''

With so much opposition in the general public against a referendum, Legault suggested the sovereigntists have to be practical.

"Without an issue, what are the chances of forming a government,'' he said. "What's the solution? I didn't find one so I decided to form a new party.''

He didn't think Lisee, Peladeau and Drainville would have any better luck figuring out what to do with the PQ.

"They're welcome in the Coalition,'' he said.

Legault said the Coalition will be looking at how to shore up their organization in the regions in the wake of the strong Liberal showing across the province.

He acknowledged his party has to beef up its ground game with a strong team of volunteers if it hopes to make gains in the next election in 2018.

While the Liberals were kicked out of office by a slim margin in 2012, it is generally acknowledged that they mounted a formidable effort in getting out the vote on Monday night.

"I'll be honest,'' said Legault. "It's certain that in the regions, we have a challenge with organization, mobilizing supporters and recruiting volunteers to get out the vote.''

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  1. Ray posted on 04/10/2014 01:24 PM
    Francois Legault is & always will be a closet separatist
  2. DonaldD_2 posted on 04/10/2014 01:57 PM
    Is he joking about inviting an avowed separatist like PKP to join his party? That's one leopard who won't change his spots. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him. Sai it ain't so M. Legault.
  3. jonico posted on 04/10/2014 02:08 PM
    Is he joking? CONFIRMED FOLKS, he's a separatist just like the others in PQ party. Only sneakier - "Foxy Francois".
  4. I Speak E F posted on 04/10/2014 02:16 PM
    Doesn't this offer justify what everybody was thinking about Legault all along. It seems like the integrity of his party is now starting it's downward spiral.
  5. ric posted on 04/10/2014 02:55 PM
    Well it didn't take long for legault's separatist side to come out. Once a sep always a sep. This man is power hungry and dangerous.
    Instead of working with the Liberals to improve this province, he wants to work with the pq to further destroy it.
  6. markR posted on 04/10/2014 04:38 PM
    This confirms the fact that Legault left the PQ because they did not choose him as the leader. So, he leaves and creates his own party. He stated very clearly he's a nationalist which in politic lingo means he's a seperatist when it's convenient. He's definitely not to be trusted.
  7. John F. posted on 04/10/2014 07:06 PM

    It didn't take long for Mr. Legault to show his true colours.
    I had thought for a moment that his party "could" have been a good alternative to the Liberals for some positive stability in Quebec politics and a united Canada but inviting 3 PQ hardliners to join his party tells me a different story.

    Mr. Legault admitted that the majority of Quebecer's rejected the idea of a referendum and asked the "minority" population to consider/join his party in order to build a better prosperous Quebec, yet he invites the "3 stooges" to join him.

    Sorry Mr. Legault, but in my mind and probably many others, "francophones" included, the "CAQ" objective is the same as the "PQ".

    You had the chance to become a great leader in Quebec politics but you "BLEW IT".
  8. Sic posted on 04/10/2014 07:26 PM
    Mr. Legault why don't you just rejoin the PQ . Deep down you never really left have you? During the second debate you pounced on Mr.Couillard when he spoke about bilingualism and then on election night you have the gall you ask the English to join you. You still sound and act like a separatist so why not rejoin your friends.
  9. Meatplow posted on 04/10/2014 10:30 PM
    He supported the charter and a tougher language law. So this is not a surprise. I always had my doubts about this guy.
  10. LMAO posted on 04/10/2014 11:02 PM
    He said such PQ hardliners as Jean-Francois Lisee, Bernard Drainville and Pierre Karl Peladeau, who are all considered potential PQ leadership candidates, would be welcome in the Coalition.

    He invites the three biggest separatist into the fold and claims not to be a separatist (at least not for 10 years).
  11. Matthew Butcher posted on 04/11/2014 02:21 AM
    So then that would mean that he didn't get the power he wanted within the PQ then created his own party pretending for now he's not a separatist. Now he's inviting others to pretend not being a separatist as well so that if they finally get elected as a majority, and then; "surprise!". This conspiracy would be so big that it would create mass hysteria like in Egypt. He's not necessarily inviting them to join his party right away. I think he's just inviting others to let go of the dead separatist idea like he did. I've seen many of my francophone friends do the same. He's actually trying to do Quebec a big favor.
  12. Nica posted on 04/11/2014 08:57 AM
    These are the exact people 70% of the province has voted against and he invited them to join his party? The party that is intended to become a "real alternative" to the Liberals? Not that I had much faith in him to begin with but thank you, Legault, for showing us very early on that you are a fraud.
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