I was born when Rene Levesque began his second year as Prime Minister of Quebec, a few months after the Charter of the French Language was adopted by the National Assembly. Today, at the age of forty-four, I still wonder how different my life, like all Quebecers, would have been if a substantial sovereign party had not changed the political face of the people of Quebec by doing so to move from minority Canadian status to majority at home.
I grew up in the disappointment of the defeat of the 1980 referendum and the frustrated hopes that followed. I was barely two years old when Rene Levesque invited us next time! The years have left me with this unquenchable will to pursue this dream relentlessly, for the rest of the world.
In 1995, I was finally able to gauge the realism of a sovereign project which had hitherto seemed to me a very abstract idea. Yes, the world can change. The people of Quebec could abandon stagnant rhetoric and finally embrace the truth of their emancipation. I understood that the ability to unite collectively toward a common project could move mountains. The desire to liberate and control our collective destiny is the bearer of a comprehensive project to ensure complete control of our collective destiny.
Since then, defeat and deceptive promises to renew the Canadian system have further eroded Quebec’s powers. Quebec has always tried everything to integrate with dignity in Canada, but to no avail. As writer Rita Mae Brown sums it up, “Madness does the same thing over and over, but expects a different result.” Please don’t embrace this madness of repeating the same mistakes in the hope of reforms that will never come in Canada today.
The independence of Quebec is more necessary than ever. For the time has come for our people to speak their voice to the nations of the earth; To finally participate in the challenges of humanity without having to seek permission from another oil country whose interests dominate ours. Because our language is losing strength every moment and our dependence on Canada is the reason. For we must have more than enough to justify our laws duly voted in the National Assembly before a foreign crown who can invalidate them according to his ideological temperament.
Over time, my job as an artist has allowed me to meet people from all over Quebec, French Canada, and from all over the world. Hearing what people have to say about their stories, dreams, peoples, and political contexts has struck me. Above all, the control of the reins of state by small states is needed to develop their collective prosperity and enhance their cultures.
I am running in Rosemont for the Parti Québécois mainly because I believe that independence is the only political option that can allow Quebecers to thrive as a people. I am proudly running to represent a major party that has marked Quebec’s cultural, social, economic and identity development.
This project must survive
I invest myself in pursuing the aspirations of the people of my country, and taking care of realizing their tangible needs, deep aspirations, and individual and collective dreams. In the current global turmoil – from the climate crisis to growing social and economic inequality – the critical actions and changes we need to make collectively can only be achieved through an inspiring and unifying project that ensures the vitality and impact of Quebec’s culture: independence.
This enterprise must survive at all costs, and evolve with the times, so that it can regain its strength in time to show Quebecers of all origins and of all loyalties that there is nothing on earth more resistant to the will of freedom. As we celebrate the centenary of the birth of René Levsk, it is our duty to revitalize the party he founded to pursue this unfinished project. I am ready to take on the responsibility of contributing to this with all of you.
Pierre Luc Brilliant
Actor, musician and Parti Québécois candidate at Rosemont
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