Wednesday, January 20

Association of Quebec Booksellers | François Legault’s reading suggestions deleted

The Association des libraires du Québec (ALQ) has removed François Legault’s reading suggestions from its various platforms following criticism.

Alice Girard-Bossé
Alice Girard-Bossé

Last Wednesday, Prime Minister François Legault took part in the ALQ’s Facebook Live Lire en choir, which allows public figures to make reading suggestions. These sessions, which take place five days a week in live webcast since the start of confinement last March, have given more than 150 artists the opportunity to express their literary favorites.

Following the publication of the Prime Minister’s video, the ALQ was criticized for providing a forum for Mr. Legault. In response to these criticisms, the ALQ removed the Premier’s reading suggestions and added a caveat in the description of the video online on its Facebook page stating that “the views expressed by the participant are only binding. him “. He is the only guest to have this warning on his post. Press tried unsuccessfully to reach the ALQ on Sunday evening.

François Legault has often presented his literary favorites on social networks. He begins the video by stressing that he is happy to participate in this initiative, he who reads 30 to 60 minutes a day and who considers reading a great way to “drop out”.

In the half-hour video, the Prime Minister addressed his 10 literary favorites, including The integral beast by David Goudreault, The enigma of the return by Dany Laferrière, Cross the night by Marie Laberge and The empire of politically correctt by Mathieu Bock-Côté.

Mathieu Bock-Côté indicated his disagreement with the association’s decision on Sunday afternoon on his Facebook page. “An absolutely lunar decision of the Association of booksellers, which decides to censor the reading suggestions of Prime Minister François Legault, because she does not like his remarks on systemic racism and his book recommendations”, can we read there.

Fortunately, the video in which the Prime Minister presents and talks about his literary choices is still online … Reading is a collective good, a refuge, which must remain intact.

Prime Minister’s press secretary Ewan Sauves in a Twitter post on Sunday evening

The majority of comments for the Prime Minister’s video on the ALQ’s Facebook page, however, were positive. Many people have stressed the importance of a prime minister who promotes reading. Others mentioned their happiness to see Mr. Legault in a context other than politics.

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