As candidates for the Canadian passport line the city blocks to obtain their travel documents, the Parti Québécois offers a solution: independence. On the occasion of the National Day of June 24, the party produced a draft passport for the future independent country that is Quebec.
Passports, available on linefeature images of landmarks in Quebec, including the Parliament Building in Quebec City, the Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier Monument near Park Avenue in Montreal, and the Île-d’Orléans Bridge.
Also featured is Parti Québécois founder René Lévesque.
Draft pages of the Quebec passport showing the Île-d’Orléans bridge and the Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier monument.Parti Quebecois
The non-legal document includes a statement from current party leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and a signature box that states its holder is “resolutely in love with Quebec.”
Sketch of the pages of the Quebec passport showing the founder of the Parti Quebecois René Lévesque and the Parliament Building, seat of the National Assembly, in Quebec.Parti Quebecois
“Quebec has everything it needs to become a country; this passport is an illustration of this possibility,” said St-Pierre Plamondon in another statement published on the party’s website.
“It is to show, concretely, that we have the means to say YES. And it’s a positive and unifying way for Quebecers from all sides to engage in a discussion about our collective identity.
On Friday, St-Pierre Plamondon distributed 1,000 printed versions of the model of the Quebec passport in his riding of Bourget, in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough of Montreal.
“When I travel, I have to show my Canadian passport. Yet I don’t feel like it,” he added in the online post. “A lot of Quebecers, I think, feel the same way.”
“I will be so proud — as a Quebecer and as a separatist — the day I show the customs officer my Quebec passport.