Summer Readings for Federal Leaders


Incompetence, conspiracy, compromise, arrogance, federal party leaders have received their fair share of criticism since the beginning of the year.

What’s better than taking advantage of the summer to treat yourself to a dose of introspection? To guide them in their reflection, here is my suggested reading for the Prime Minister and the leaders of the federal opposition parties.

Justin Trudeau: The subtle art of not caring by Mark Manson

Far from being a personal growth book to allow Justin Trudeau to forget the crises that afflict him, this is a small introductory treatise to Stoicism.

Because stoicism is not limited to cultivating the courage to endure pain and misfortune. Above all, it aims to focus on the important things that you have the power to control. He thinks here of the prayer of Alcoholics Anonymous. Urgent learning for a Prime Minister endangered by his love of symbols at the expense of the discipline of complex issues.

Yves-Francois Blanchet: The tales of the fountain

With the prospect of a confrontation on secularism and the Charter of the French language, then the prospect of an operation of seduction to make him assume the leadership of the Parti Québécois after the elections, it would be tempting for the leader of the Bloc Québécois to think that all is well in the best of all worlds.

The wisdom of Jean de La Fontaine can only help him. The frog who wants to be as big as an ox or Death and the unhappy they seem ideal for those with big ambitions.

Also, how can we not remember The milkmaid and the milk jug for a Québécois Bloc whose electoral success is based more on plan B than on enthusiastic support for its project?

Jagmeet Singh: Faust by Goethe

The story of Faust it is that of a scientist who signs a pact with the devil and then sees his soul persecuted for eternity. Jagmeet Singh should have read this classic of German literature before signing his pact with Justin Trudeau.

From supporting the Emergencies Act to gag motions, we see today that the NDP must sacrifice many principles to fulfill its commitment to the survival of the Trudeau government through 2025.

Jean Charest: his autobiography

With this grand appeal, Jean Charest tried to convince the electorate that becoming Premier of Quebec was the natural completion of his political career. Something that inspires him when he now has to convince the Conservatives that, after all, it is Canada that he has chosen.

Among the curators, a suggestion for each of the main protagonists

Pierre Poilievre: Equality or independence by Daniele Johnson

Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

Pierre Poilievre would do well to understand the fundamentals of nationalism in Quebec if he hopes to find a way to explain to English Canada that it is not aplaventrism to recognize the distinctiveness of Quebec society.

In this regard, the fundamental essay of the last great leader of the Union Nationale seems essential.


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