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Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec

A Feminist Reflection

By Alexa Conradi  Translated by Catherine Browne  

Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec

$26.95 – Available for purchase on April 1st, 2019

In response to rapid and unsettling social, economic, and climate changes, fearmongering now features as a main component of public life. Right-wing nationalist populism has become a hallmark of politics around the world. No less so in Quebec.

Alexa Conradi has made it her life’s work to understand and to generate thoughtful debate about this worrisome trend. As the first President of Québec solidaire and the president of Canada’s largest feminist organisation, the Fédération des femmes du Québec, Conradi refused to shy away from difficult issues: the Charter of Quebec Values, religion and Islam, sovereignty, rape culture and violence against women, extractive industries and the treatment of Indigenous women, austerity policy and the growing gap between rich and poor. This determination to address uncomfortable subjects has made Conradi—an anglo-Montrealer—a sometimes controversial leader.

In Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec, Conradi invites us to take off our rose-coloured glasses and to examine Quebec’s treatment of women with more honesty. Through her personal reflections on Quebec politics and culture, she dispels the myth that gender equality has been achieved and paves the way for a more critical understanding of what remains to be done.

  • Paperback / softback, 240 pages
  • ISBN 9781771134149
  • Coming April 2019


“It’s a brave person who dares to shine a light into the corners of Quebec society, uncovering contradictions and flaws that so many would rather deny exist. Feminist and activist Alexa Conradi has never been one to shy away from difficult topics. The Anglophone Quebecer, who learned to love and live comfortably with the other solitude, is sure to make some readers angry with this well-written,thoroughly documented book, mais tant mieux!”

– Sue Montgomery, Mayor of CDN-NDG, Montreal and co-creator of #BeenRapedNeverReported

“Analyzing the problems of Quebec society, from a feminist decolonial perspective, the author proposes a critical vision largely nourished by her activist experience and appropriately invites to address the hard questions and thus raise the level of public debate.”

– Diane Lamoureux, Associate Professor, Université Laval

“This feminist book highlights in a very relevant way the social justice debates in Quebec. A must-read for all advocates of social change!”

– Agnès Berthelot-Raffard

“Alexa Conradi takes a raw but necessary look at the ills that affect Quebec society. And in the same breath, she explores the possible paths for lasting change in our social organization. A lucid read filled with hope.”

– Alexandre Boulerice, Member of Parliament for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie (Quebec)

Table of Contents

1 On having a voice
2 Letting go of fear
3 Love
4 Understanding the other’s pain, without indulgence
5 Denying systemic racism
6 Equality: a core value for Québec
7 Drawing inspiration from actual feminism
8 Unlearning
9 Discovery
10 Obstacles to progress
11 Violent dispossession
12 Denying and minimizing
13 Rape culture takes many forms
14 Denying the politics of sexual violence
15 Is Québec really against war?
16 Shooting spree
17 The return of the religious
18 Preventing fundamentalism
19 Breaking with market fundamentalism
20 Austerity and its phony neutrality
21 A glaring injustice
22 On the rise of populism
23 A new/old vision to protect our home
24 Counting on the left? Yes, but…
25 Conclusion

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