The great dead

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Deeply sad, the death of a great man or a great woman, however, is always a unique occasion for a company.

That tribute, of course. But, through the course of the character in question, of course, which is presented in a loop as soon as possible after the death and at the funeral, to discover or rediscover the history that he or she has marked.

There is no nation without memory. This memory is always torn, split, but it benefits greatly from these moments. Especially in Quebec, where the history is not strong, in spite of our superb currency.

In some respects, the departure of Bernard Landry is no exception.

Young people, without a doubt, hopefully, will ask their parents : “who was It already ? “

Documentaries and films showing him and his era, are repeated in a loop ; are “shared” in social networks.

“At the height of a man “

The interest in politics, history, among many young people, will be born from these moments of grief. Even before his departure, by the documentary To the height of a man, Landry has marked many of the young people, to the point of giving them the taste of the politique québécoise.

This is the case of the mp caquiste of Beauce-Sud, Samuel Poulin, 27 years old, who recounted on social networks have watched it “dozens of times” by saying that it was the source of the ” passion that [he] feels for the policy “. “Bernard Landry is exposed with a truth that is disarming and a passion infinite for Quebecers. Thank you for everything. “

My “younger” colleague, Jonathan Trudeau has made me one something similar this week.

What is different today compared to the great death of yesteryear is, without doubt, the dispersion, collapse, in which our communications will occur.

The era of mass media saw the world immersed in the same messages. It could be dull, certainly ; but it had the virtue of forging common marks.

When there was national mourning, it meant something.

The death of Lévesque

I will always remember the moment I learned of the death of René Lévesque in 1987.

Young student in political science at Laval University, I had the impression, in the days that followed, to be immersed in the history courses that I had perhaps not had.

All the tvs, radios, all logs had to Levesque, his feats of arms, his fights. Its companions of road testified at length on paper, on the airwaves.

Lévesque himself, just a few months earlier, had published his memoirs, curiously entitled Wait I remember, that I had eaten the previous summer.

The death of Lévesque had political effects that are undeniable. Shortly after, the Parti quebecois had decided to change chef !

Immersed for seven years in the depressed post-referendum and post-repatriation of the constitution, the nationalists, sovereignists and federalists regained conscience then, among other things, through the evocation of Lévesque, the pride that he had managed to give in Quebec.

New media

In the era of new media, we “make society” differently. We tend to be each in our niche, our echo chamber.

The new common references are often global. One sometimes has the impression that what is happening in the United States – the mid-term elections ! – relevant for us all as if we were citizens.

While she touches on all of the issues that arise in our society (or our nation, to speak as Landry), the politique québécoise, she becomes a bubble, a niche with his fans who admit, with a smile, their monomania.

Hopefully, in this new world, the national memory is not exceeded. It would be a loss.

The book of the week

Plagiarism of a member ?

Marie Montpetit

The liberal mp and ex-minister of Culture, Marie Montpetit, a-t-she plagiarized a tweet of pq Sylvain Gaudreault ? The two are spokespersons in the environment for their respective parties. In a tweet on Wednesday, Gaudreault wrote : “Bravo to the initiators of #LePacte ! I will do everything to ensure its contents are understood and implemented in the national Assembly. I support you and I wish that we be many to engage or re-engage to make a difference. “The tweet of Montpetit yesterday ? Identical, except for two words-clicks. “Make the difference “, perhaps, but in the texts…

False alarm

Annie Trudel

The role of whistleblowers is essential. But the error is human, they are sometimes false alarms. The analyst Annie Trudel for example, known for its outputs, against the management to the MTQ, among others, reacted Monday to the fact that the director of the EIB Madeleine Giauque only be able to oversee the leak investigation by the UPAC. This is Sylvain Ayotte, deputy director of the EIB, who will be in charge. On Twitter, Ms. Trudel wrote : “The ex-auditor to the MSP, the one who was unaware of the complaints against The UPAC ? That followed the deputy minister Marsolais at MTQ and who has not seen anything either ? A moment ! Obvious conflict. “Response of the EIB :” there are two Sylvain Ayotte currently serving in the organizations of the MSP. The Sylvain Ayotte mentioned by ms. Trudel has never been employed by the EIB. “

Legault loves Acosta

Jim Acosta

The reporters and their insistence to call into question the power bother more and more. In France, the president Macron has closed the press room at the Elysée palace. In the United States, the altercation between Donald Trump and CNN journalist Jim Acosta has been one of the highlights of this week. The White House withdrew its accreditation, claiming that he had fouled the young employee who was trying to snatch the microphone. Acosta, on Twitter, responded that this was a ” lie “. However, François Legault has “liked” the tweet in question ! This is reassuring, especially on the part of the prime minister whose press attaché, this week, threw a satchel in the face of a reporter to stop asking questions. A gesture by which she apologized, luckily.

Quote of the week

“We are in the process of revising the methods of recognition ; I am not certain that there is a surplus of $ 3 billion. “

– François Legault, prime minister, at the entrance to the Council of ministers, on Wednesday