Christine Labrie, in solidarity with Catherine Dorion

Catherine Dorion and her outbursts did not overshadow her supportive colleagues, according to Rep. Christine Labrie who paid tribute to her as well as her book in a message on Saturday.

“The idea that Catherine was responsible for the lack of interest in our political work never crossed my mind,” says the member for Sherbrooke in a lengthy message posted on social media on Saturday morning.

As Quebec Solidaire co-leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Labrie reacted to Catherine Dorion’s book by emphasizing the anguish of his former colleague.

The deputy for Sherbrooke, who is also a candidate for the position of spokesperson of the party, does not comment on the strong criticism of Dorion regarding Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. On the other hand, he had already reiterated his confidence in him earlier this week, despite the criticism of the book.

“What I feel most strongly is a mixture of sadness and guilt, for not having seen the extent of Catherine’s distress,” he wrote. “Like many of my colleagues, I had underestimated their suffering, and after reading the story of their time in the solidarity caucus, I feel guilty. »

Commission Laurent versus “Maipoils”

The solidarity deputy adds that it is not Catherine Dorion’s fault, but the media’s, if her highlights have overshadowed more relevant issues in the public debate. “Journalists and columnists are responsible for the issues they choose to cover or silence,” he insists.

On this subject, she says she remembers a press conference where she and Manon Massé talked about the Laurent Commission and a journalist asked her about the “Maipoils” campaign led by Catherine Dorion. “Maipoils” is an annual feminist campaign aimed at normalizing women’s body hair.

“It was Manon who answered. Maybe it’s better that way, because I would have wanted to tell her that, by asking that question, he was the one damaging his own credibility as a journalist. Clearly, at that moment, he preferred to feed the clicks rather than addressing the way we care for vulnerable children in Quebec. »

He concludes by saying that his book is “a magnificent work that reminds us how difficult it will be to change the system, and how much we must unite to make it a reality. »

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