Talk:Action démocratique du Québec

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Deleting Potential vandalism[edit]

I have removed a passage likening the ADQ to neonazis. A similar, very libelous statement was added this morning to Mario Dumont's profile by the same user. That has been deleted as well.

IS the ADQ Libertarian?[edit]

Is the ADQ really libertarian? Kevintoronto 16:51, 18 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Yes they are. They are socially liberal (although conservative to Quebec standards, Quebec is the most liberal society in North America by far) and VERY fiscally conservative.

That doesn't really qualify them as libertarian. Libertarians generally believe that the state has only three roles in society: (1) defence against other countries, (2) police, and (3) the court system. I don't think that the ADQ would go that far. They may want smaller government and freer enterprise, but that is very different from privatising roads and schools and hospital as true libertarians would. 18:26, 24 Jan 2005 (UTC)

While it's true that being both socially liberal and fiscally conservative doesn't qualify a party as libertarian, it's also not true that a party cannot be said to have a libertarian ideology unless it meets the criteria laid out by the previous poster. National Post Columnist Andrew Coyne has described the ADQ as "libertarian nationalism" [1]. An article in the McGill Postgraduate Students Society says "The platform of the ADQ stands primarily on a laissez-faire form of capitalism, where the state plays a secondary role to the private sector." [2] With this in mind I have re-added Libertarianism to the ideology section. rehpotsirhc 21:54, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

I'd actually disagree that the McGill statement would mark them as libertarian...libertarianism is that the state plays little to no role, not just a secondary one. Unless it's in the party's platform, I don't think it should be there.HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 03:11, 8 April 2006 (UTC)


Unless what, exactly, is in the party's platform? You won't find the politically sensitive term 'libertarian' in the platforms of many libertarian organizations. The point is that the ADQ are widely mentioned both in the media and by Quebec libertarian journals [3] as a libertarian-leaning party. The raison d'etre of the party is to lessen government involvement in people's lives, which is the essence of libertarianism.
To quote the Mcgill PGSS report you mentioned:
These answers read exactly as the set of requests in a document released recently by le FEUQ - not exactly the vision of post-secondary education that we hold at PGSS, but not bad for a start. M. Dumont then went on to give one of the more libertarian-leaning speeches that I have had the privilege of hearing.
There is no magic recipie for what constitutes Real Libertarianism and what doesn't. An encyclopedia's job when it comes to issues like this one is to reflect popular perception, not to try and correct it based on our personal POVs. rehpotsirhc 17:31, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
I'd think the term "Classical Liberal" would be better then libertarianism, at that...and please assume good faith and not immediatly come to the conclusion I'm doing this strictly out of POV. HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 19:27, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
The last sentence in my previous comment wasn't meant to suggest you were editing in bad faith. It was meant to point out to you that you're arguing with nothing more than your own opinion/POV to back you up. rehpotsirhc 15:07, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
Well, the onus isn't on me to show that that party isn't Libertarian...it's on you to show that it is...and there's no showing on the ADQ site, and the only descriptions you use call it "libertarian leaning". Libertarianism is an extreme, and M. Dumont and his party aren't saying that Quebec needs to do a massive retreat to the free market. That's why I think "classical Liberal" should be used, as they simply want to free the market up. Take the German FDP, which pretty much practices the same goals, is labeled as "liberal".HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 15:25, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
The statement "libertarianism is an extreme" is a perfect example of something that falls within the realm of your POV. rehpotsirhc 15:29, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
I mean "extreme" in the sense as more far reaching then what the ADQ puts out in their platform. Sorry for not being clearer.HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 16:07, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
I understood you correctly the first time--but it's still an example of POV. You are saying libertarianism should be removed because the ADQ doesn't fit into your internal definition of what consitutes a libertarian organization. Or do you have any sources? rehpotsirhc 19:07, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
I can't prove that the ADQ isn't a libertarian party, because that's not where the burden of proof is...the challenge is to prove whether the term libertarian can properly be seen. The only articles you've provided are an opinion by Andrew Coyne (Whom I like to read, but it's only his POV, like mine), and one McGill paper showing that they were "libertarian leaning", not "libertarian."HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 19:32, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
You don't have to "prove" anything, nor is anyone burdened with the "burden of proof." This is about consensus and evaluating sources.
I showed you an article in the MPGSS journal that described Dumont and the ADQ as libertarians, the Coyne column in the Natinoal Psot, and an article in a Quebec libertarian magazine characterizing the ADQ as libertarians. If you're expecting hundreds of media sources in English for a minor provincal Francophone political party in a realatively small country, you're going to be disappointed. There are quite a few mentions on internet discussion forums characterizing the ADQ as libertarians, though. A commentor on left-leaning blog Daily Kos writes:
As the separatists have drifted leftward socially and politically, space has opened up on the right in Quebec, and it is now being filled, and apparently effectively, by the libertarian/conservative ADQ led by Mario Dumont. [4]
A conservative poser on FreeDominon.ca forums talks about the ADQ's "libertarian ideals" [5]
This self-styled NDP voter on leftist forum rabble.ca notes "[...] the ADQ, as I've said before, is more of a right-libertarian than a Conservative party." [6]
This poster on the Libertarian Party of Canada's forums says he's going to join the ADQ. [7]
This commenter on the Voir.ca forums says he'll never vote for "(ADQ Leader) Dumont et sa gang de libertariens" [8]
You might also note that Libertarianisme is listed under the ideologies of the ADQ on Wikipedia Français. [9] rehpotsirhc 20:45, 10 April 2006 (UTC)


Well, while I appreciate your effort of going out to all those forums, it's not really that defining...I mean, I could just point to "[10]" or Rabble and say that the Liberals are a right wing party, or go on FD and say that the Conservatives are left wing. Why not just use Classical liberal?HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 20:52, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
That's one source, from one POV. I've cited many sources across several POVs. rehpotsirhc 20:59, 10 April 2006 (UTC)
Habsfan: I would ask that you please not edit your previous comments after I've replied to them [11] as it corrupts the discussion and creates confusion. rehpotsirhc 06:58, 11 April 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, didn't see that you replied to me.HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 15:33, 11 April 2006 (UTC)
Well, I just read the English article because on the French one it said it was mostly a translation of this one. Surprise me a lot, mostly for the fact that a French interest party in Quebec province. The fact it's a translation probably explain why it state "Libertarianisme" in French. As a Quebec resident and a French speaker I can say definitely that ADQ is not libertarian. Actually quoting internet source or most media is immediately flawed (they are partisan just as much as you or me), the political party never got support from media and some statement as " This commenter on the Voir.ca forums says he'll never vote for "(ADQ Leader) Dumont et sa gang de libertariens" are probably coming from pro liberal or pro PQ (whatever happen to there party, they will still vote for it). It's true ADQ seek to reduce the weight of the government, but not is implication. Mario always wanted to reduce the enormous bureaucracy to free up money, like for family subvention. And probably the only real conservative thing in theirs platform are about budget. Also you can say that ADQ want to get some more private investment in some public service. As a Public/Private medical service. But PL just do as much and are actually doing it at actual time. Government will still have predominant role, just being more effective at wasting less money of the tax payer.205.236.230.66 (talk) 16:52, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

National Question position[edit]

What is the exact position of the party? Just wondering so we can add it.HabsfanFlag of Nova Scotia.svg|t 01:27, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

The problem, according to me, is that they are flip-flopping a lot. I do not want to write this in the article, of course, but it would be hard to write down their "exact position". They did support independance in 1995, that's for sure, but in subsequent years were more of the opinion that, the referendum having been lost, it was best to concentrate on other issues. Then in 2004 they adopted a platform of autonomism, even though they never clearly defined what autonism was. In the last federal elections they supported the conservatives, not the Bloc Québécois. UnHoly 05:12, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
I say to call the platform of the ADQ "Nationalist" is incorrect. Dumont recently said he wishes to re-open constitutional talks with Ottawa, on giving Quebec more freedom as a province, but still within the constitution (which he wants Quebec to ratify), as a part of Canadian Confederation. Simply, Autonomism, which is used accurately in the article itself, would be the best, and npov-ish way to describe the ADQ's position on the National Question. WilliamNorman 02:54, 8 May

Cheryl Gallant[edit]

"Embarrassing comments were made by Party President Yvon Picotte about PQ Leader André Boisclair. Boisclair had decided not to run in a by-election for the Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques (in Montreal), the district where he is living and that is well known for its large gay population. Accusing Boisclair of being a coward, Picotte jokingly said that the riding would fit Boisclair, who is openly gay, like a glove (comme un gant). Many journalists criticized Picotte, saying his comment sounded homophobic. Within days, Picotte apologized."

Similar incidents previously involved right-wing politicians, notably Cheryl Gallant, who allegedly made anti-gay remarks in 2002.

Is this last sentence relevant to an article about the ADQ? It seems sort of out of place to talk about the views on homosexuality of a specific Federal CPC member in an article about a relatively small Quebec party just because both parties are right wing. Waterloowarrior 06:37, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Sources[edit]

I think this article needs some more sources and citations. I don't think the single source is referred to in the text and I can't even tell what it is... a book? Sewebster 01:28, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

I agree, I've added a tag (albeit in the wrong place, at first, sorry) to that effect. It's not that there's anything wrong. I think this article is rather well done. It's just that on some key points you'd like to see a citation, if only for further reference.Shawn in Montreal 18:41, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Policies?[edit]

There's nothing about the ADQ's policies, something an article about a political party really should have. Tompw (talk) 15:39, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Hear hear. I came here looking specifically for those after reading about the ADQ's success, and have been pretty frustrated. 86.132.143.43 00:56, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Most Quebecers don't know about their policies either. Long story short, people here vote AGAINST parties, not FOR parties, so they don't really look into the party's programs. A lot of Quebecers couldn't even tell you what "Left" or "Right" means in reference to politics. Two-party systems lead to political illiteracy. 70.55.60.209 03:27, 28 March 2007 (UTC) Phil

Phil, this is a bit reductionnist. Québec has been in a situation of bipartism for the last 40 years and people where voting for Québec's independance or against it. This was the main issue in political debate. Now that there are three main parties plus 2 marginals parties, this campain has been more oriented around the program and this is mainly why the Partis Québecois lost many of its voters since Boisclair (party's leader) promised a referendum on sovereignty of Québec many voters are tired of the referendum question. All this being said, your comment is not a constructive one, it is unfair and useless. Now, for those interested in ADQ policies, they can consult there website. Also, after reading the article, I think it is biaised at many places. I'll try to improve it tomorrow. InXistant 06:17, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Yes, users can consulte the ADQ's website, but that sort of bypasses the point of WP rather. Tompw (talk) 19:47, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Populist?[edit]

Why on earth would anyone consider the ADQ populist? They don't seem to be economically left of center. Mordac 10:14, 28 Martch 2007 (GMT)

Hi. Because you needn't be on ther left to be populist (see the Reform Part of Canada as another example). But I think all this dickering about populism or not or what kind of consrvatism is missing a major part of the ADQ philosophy, which is a fairly radical change to Quebec's status within Canada. See: [12]. Could someone please take a crack at adding it? Thanks, Shawn in Montreal 17:08, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
I've added it. Feel free to improve or expand. Shawn in Montreal 21:06, 28 March 2007 (UTC)

Must fix link to party platform[edit]

This is the link. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 134.117.196.65 (talk) 05:36, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

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