Dear members and supporters of the Green Party of Quebec,
Following the election I would like to share with you some of my conclusions.
First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support, your encouragement, your actions, and your contribution to the green cause.
I am very proud of every member of our team. Together we worked very hard to build and present an alternative vision for the future of Quebec that resonated very well with the electorate.
In this election we presented a comprehensive program with a series of pragmatic and achievable proposals. We also presented the highest percentage of female candidates in the history of our party.
Together we took the approach of putting environmental protection at the heart of our platform on all issues. Not only did we receive a 96% score on our environmental agenda according to the Greenpeace assessment, but we established our credibility on a much broader basis.
The election campaign put us in touch with thousands of supporters and we are ready to continue the work. More and more people are drawn to the unifying message of the Green Party of Quebec, and we have all the tools to take this party to the next level.
With a majority Liberal government in Quebec City, the GPQ has a fundamental role to play in shaping the political debate in Quebec.
We are taking our place in the political system and the years ahead look promising. In fact, I have already been approached by the media to criticize the environmental policies of Mr. Couillard and the QLP.
With policies on all issues, extraordinary candidates, and an increased presence on the ground, on the web and in the media, we have managed to take our place in the debate.
Even though we would have liked to receive more votes, we still managed to present a serious campaign that turned many heads. In an election with such polarizing issues and a climate where strategic voting is king, support for our party did not necessarily translate into votes on election day. Our supporters far outnumbered our voters this election, and I received many messages from citizens encouraging us to continue our work.
For the next few years, the GPQ will have the important task of continuing to stand out on the political scene.
Despite the challenges, I believe very strongly in the potential that we have together, and that is why I intend to continue leading the party for the next few years. I am very proud of our team and what we have accomplished together since last September.
Together, we are able to continue to put our ideas forward by keeping the GPQ at the centre of the action.
In the coming weeks, we will be holding a series of consultations to discuss the future of the party. We will also continue to take part in news, organize events, and travel across Quebec to forge our regional ties. These next four years will be our chance to assemble a full team of candidates for the first time, giving a clear message to our province that we are ready to take up the challenge.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to write to me with your thoughts and comments on the future of the Green Party of Quebec.
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec