PQ members pitching open voting for party's next leader
Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:26PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:30PM EDT
Six weeks after a horrendous electoral defeat and multiple meetings to clear the air, several members of the Parti Quebecois are proposing a new way to choose the party's next leader.
Several former ministers including Jean-Francois Lisée are suggesting the party once again look to France for inspiration, specifically the Socialist Party.
Following the defeat of their presidential candidate in 2007, the party decided to open voting for their president to the masses. In 2011 the Socialist party allowed any eligible voter to select their leader after making a nominal 1-euro donation and pledging to uphold left-wing values.
Lisée said the experiment was successful in giving more power to the Socialist Party.
"In the French experiment they went from 200,000 members to 2 million voters so you multiply by ten the impact. and even beyond that because a number of people were interested in the race, didn't show up but they knew that they had the right to show up so they were more concerned that if it had been only the members," said Lisée.
He said given recent polls showing the PQ may be a generational party, opening up the choice of the party's next leader is worth a shot.
"It's a risk but I think it's a low risk and the most important risk is to stay disconnected with Quebecers," said Lisée.
Following the resignation of Pauline Marois following her April 7 defeat, Stephane Bedard was chosen as interim leader for the PQ.
The Parti Quebecois has not decided on a date to choose its next leader.