(Quebec) At its lowest in the polls and after a historic defeat, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) is preparing the foundations for its revival. He is setting up a committee, co-chaired by former editorialist André Pratte and MP Madwa-Nika Cadet, which will table a report next fall updating the party’s values ​​and defining its raison d’être.

Accompanied by the president of the party, Rafaël Primeau-Ferraro, Mr. Pratte and Mrs. Cadet presented the members of their committee on Thursday, on which sit among others Antoine Dionne Charet, long-time activist and son of former Prime Minister Jean Charest, as well as former MPs like former interim leader Pierre Arcand and former ministers Lucie Charlebois and Jean D’Amour.

“The government of the Coalition avenir Québec is not eternal. History shows us that one day, perhaps sooner than we think, Quebecers will seek an alternative. When that day comes, the Quebec Liberal Party must be ready. And to be ready, before drafting a next electoral platform, the party and its activists must immerse themselves in [their] deep values, “said André Pratte.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to change who we are. What that means is that as a political current, we have to evolve [and] adjust the embodiment of our values ​​to new contexts,” he added.

The committee’s report will be presented in the fall at an official party event in front of activists. To date, the PLQ has approximately 20,000 members. Important detail: the next leader of the party will not be tied to the conclusions made by the relaunch committee. Race rules will be announced later this year, in the spring or fall.

“Our party values ​​are strong. We know them well. They are universal and we will not change them,” Liberal Party President Rafaël Primeau-Ferraro said Thursday.

According to the most recent Léger poll, published earlier this month in Le Devoir, the PLQ brings up the rear in terms of voting intentions among the parties represented in the National Assembly. As of February 28, the polling firm estimated that the Liberals had the support of 14% of voters, garnering barely 4% support from Francophones.