MONTREAL — Justin Trudeau has been chosen as enemy Number One by a separatist group in Quebec.
The Young Patriots of Quebec, which describes itself as an activist group of “indépendantistes” from age 7 to 77 and which also demonstrates frequently for the primacy of French language rights, today launched its campaign against Justin Trudeau, a star Liberal candidate for the Montreal riding of Papineau and eldest son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
The group has struck a committee appropriately called “No Trudeau in Papineau,” that will attempt to “show the true face of Justin Trudeau” — namely, the apparently anti-Quebec, anti-French language face — and has produced bumper stickers; signs, pamphlets and pins are coming later this week.
And next week, a protest is planned in front of Trudeau’s riding office.
Even if he’s elected, the Young Patriots believe “he could help the indépendantiste cause with the hate he shows toward the French language and Quebecers in general,” says the group’s spokesperson, François Gendron, in a statement.
Trudeau is perhaps the Liberals' only hope of picking up an extra seat in Quebec, where the party’s campaign is disorganized and faltering in the face of Conservative momentum. Papineau, a long-time Liberal stronghold, is one of the few bright spots in urban Quebec for the Bloc Québécois, currently held by Vivian Barbot.