Francophonie: Ottawa and Quebec will not support Michaëlle Jean

Francophonie: Ottawa et Québec n’appuieront pas Michaëlle Jean

OTTAWA — Michaelle Jean is dumped by Ottawa and Quebec. If the chances of the Canadian, who is running for a second term at the controls of the international Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), were already excessively thin, they come to pass to almost zero, at the dawn of the opening of the summit of Yerevan, Armenia.

The prime minister-designate of Quebec, François Legault, has clearly signaled on Tuesday that it would accept not in the camp of the former governor general, who is engaged in a fight between Louise Mushikiwabo, minister of foreign Affairs of Rwanda, which enjoys the support of France and the african Union.

“Africa has the potential to be huge, both for our economy and for the future of the French language. This is why I intend to support an application from this continent,” he announced in a written statement, a few hours before flying to Armenia on board of the aircraft of the canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

“The government designated the Coalition avenir Québec intends to give its support to an application that will push resolutely the French language, democratic governance and develop the francophonie economic on the international scene and who will, in Québec an active role within the OIF,” said Mr. Legault.

The prime minister designate has pointed in the same press release that it recognized “the work of Ms. Jean over the past few years, particularly among women and young people”, but he argued that it was “now time to let place to a new style of management”.

The office of the prime minister Trudeau, it has not explicitly confirmed that Ottawa was withdrawing its support to the Canadian. It is the press secretary of the minister of the Francophonie, Mélanie Joly, who has officially announced the repudiation of the canadian government, on Tuesday. But this position is indeed that of the government, has confirmed.

“For this is the post of the secretary general, Canada is ready to join the consensus, as is the way in Francophonie,” wrote Jeremy Ghio in an email, hailing the passage “the work of Ms. Jean to head la Francophonie, particularly in regard to the education of girls and the empowerment of women”.

In recent days, several sources, federal government had indicated that the re-election of Michaëlle Jean, who has been brought to the head of the OIF in 2014 due to the absence of a single african candidate by consensus, would be “difficult” and that in Armenia, Canada will accept a consensus if there was one.

“We made him understand directly that we did not feel that she had the support necessary from what we saw on the field,” said Tuesday a source in canada to the fact of the race to the leadership of the OIF. “Clearly, she will have to go to the obvious,” added the same source.

On the side of the secretary-general outgoing of the OIF, it has been know that there would be a reaction “without a doubt calmly tomorrow morning,” said the spokesman Bertin Leblanc, when he was about 1: 30 local time, in Armenia. Saturday, he had told The canadian Press that Michaëlle Jean “will[it] be there until the end and probably beyond”.

Legault thanked by Mushikiwabo

Its rival, rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo, has welcomed the vote of confidence of François Legault. “The support of the province of Quebec at the african candidate is highly valued; it is the illustration of the solidarity positive in the francophone space”, she wrote on her Twitter account.

The Francophonie summit is to be held on 11 and 12 October in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Traditionally, the election to the post of secretary general of the OIF is by consensus and not by vote. The canadian government, it was feared that the fight Jean-Mushikiwabo do not eclipse the rest of the event.

The Rpa does not, however, unanimously, even in France, where the president and Emmanuel Macron has set his sights on it. Four ex-French ministers responsible for the canadian Francophonie have also signed an open letter entitled “Louise Mushikiwabo has not in his place at the head of the Francophonie” in September in the daily life of The World to show their disapproval.

His candidacy is also cringe, especially because the african country has turned its back on the language of Molière, replacing the French by English in its curriculum in 2010, but also by reason of its balance sheet poor in terms of human rights.

The OIF currently has 84 States and governments members, the vast majority of them being african countries. Canada would have possibly chosen to drop its candidate in part because of geopolitical considerations and strategic, as he tries to get a seat on the security Council of the united Nations, by 2020.

“Ottawa thinks of his campaign. […] The votes of the African will be key. Fight an african candidate would be inappropriate,” wrote last week in an open letter to the researcher Jocelyn Coulon, a former advisor to the canadian minister of foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion.


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