I was born when René Lévesque was beginning his second year as prime minister of Quebec, a few months after the approval of the Charter of the French language by the National Assembly. Today, at the age of 44, I still wonder how differently my life, like that of all Quebecers, would have been if a fundamentally pro-sovereignty party had not profoundly changed the political face of the Quebecois people by moving from the status of a Canadian minority to a most people at home.
I grew up between the disappointments of defeat in the 1980 referendum and the dashed hopes that followed. I was barely 2 years old when René Lévesque invited us to the next time! The years have left me with this inextinguishable will to pursue this dream relentlessly, for the rest of the world.
In 1995, I was finally able to measure the concreteness of the sovereignist project that until then had seemed very abstract to me. Yes, the world could change. The people of Quebec could afford to get out of sleepy speeches to finally embrace the reality of their emancipation. I understood that the power of uniting collectively towards a common project can move mountains. That the desire for emancipation and taking control of our collective destiny be the bearer of an inclusive project to ensure full control of the levers of our collective destiny.
Since then, defeat and betrayed promises to renew the Canadian order have only perpetuated the erosion of Quebec’s powers. For a long time, Quebec has tried everything to integrate with dignity into Canada, without success. As writer Rita Mae Brown sums it up, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.” Please do not accept this madness of repeating the same mistakes in the hope of reforms that will never come to Canada today.
The independence of Quebec is more necessary than ever. Because it is time for our people to speak with their own voice to the nations of the Earth; that we finally participate in the challenges of humanity without having to ask permission from another oil state whose interests dominate ours. Because our language is losing ground every moment and our dependence on Canada is the cause. Because we must have more than enough to justify our laws duly voted in the National Assembly before a foreign Crown that can invalidate them according to their ideological moods.
Over time, my work as an artist has allowed me to meet people from all over Quebec, French Canada, and around the world. I have been fascinated to hear what people have to say about their stories, their dreams, their towns and their political contexts. Above all, the need for small nations to control the levers of the state in order to develop their collective prosperity and promote their cultures.
I am running in Rosemont for the Parti Québécois because I fundamentally believe that independence is the only political option that can allow Quebecers to prosper as a people. I am running to proudly represent an important party that has marked the cultural, socioeconomic and identity development of Quebec.
This project must live on.
I give myself to follow up on the aspirations of the people of my country, to be interested in the realization of their concrete needs, their deep ambitions and their dreams, both individual and collective. In the current global turmoil, from the climate crisis to growing social and economic inequalities, the decisive actions and changes that we must collectively make can only materialize through an inspiring and unifying project that will ensure the vitality and influence of the culture of Québec: independence.
This project must at all costs remain alive, evolve with the times, so that it can regain strength in due time to show Quebecers of all origins and all loyalties that there is nothing more resistant on Earth than the will to freedom. As we celebrate the centenary of René Lévesque’s birth, it is our duty to reinvigorate the party he founded to carry out this unfinished project. I am willing to take responsibility to contribute with all of you.
Pierre Luc Brilliant
Actor, musician and candidate for the Parti Québécois in Rosemont