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Participants: Julie Chateauvert, Guillaume HГ©bert (IRIS), Simon Tremblay-Pepin (IRIS) and Alejandra Zaga (McGill Univeristy)

The proposed panel will present and analyze the economical, social and environmental context in QuГ©bec following the 2014 provincial election, the second since the Printemps Г©rable (Maple Spring).

The student crisis of 2012 contributed to the Parti quГ©bГ©cois (PQ) victory over the Liberal party. However, in 2014, the support for the PQ grew due to the promotion of an anti-religious and xenophobic в??charter of valuesв?ќ, providing the electoral climate wished by the PQ in order to gain the majority of seats in the National Assembly of QuГ©bec.

This panel will review the Quebecв??s nationalist history, describing how the Quebecв??s government, a potential social-democratic tool for emancipation, will progressively transform itself into a neoliberal state, getting increasingly bound to conservatism. The panel will further discuss how this political transformation is linked with neo-extractivist economic projects, and with a nationalists identity-based discourse, sometimes inspired by the Front national in France.