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New provincial party has social justice as central goal

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Section: Canadian News Geography: Quebec

February 7, 2006

New provincial party has social justice as central goal

by Hillary Bain Lindsay

A new provincial party has been formed in Quebec with a stated commitment to ecology, universal social programs, feminism, international solidarity and diversity. Quebec Solidaire's secondary goal is Quebec sovereignty.

"Our first goal is social justice," said organizer Françoise David, according to CBC Montreal. "We are also ecologist, we are feminist. You don't have to be really sovereignist to be with us."

Spokesperson Amir Kader said the party's power would be decentralized. "[Voters] are fed up with the cult of personality, for example, where all the power is in the hand of the chief," he said. "They want a party that will be more democratic."

The party currently has 4000 members and is hoping to attract disenchanted PQ voters.

According to the Montreal Gazette , Khadir said Quebec Solidaire's main issue with the PQ's platform was that there is no critique of "the dominant forces ruling over the world economy," like free-trade agreements. He also criticized the PQ's environmental policies.

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