23 janvier 2009 16h03 · Josée Legault
Pour faire suite à mon analyse sur l'usage que semble faire Michael Ignatieff de la technique dite du storytelling, (et inspirée de l'usage qu'en a fait Barack Obama jusqu'à l'élection présidentielle), je vous donne quelques extraits, quelques perles tirées du discours (version imprimée distribuée aux médias), que le nouveau chef du Parti libéral du Canada donnait aujourd'hui à Toronto. Ces extraits vous rappelleront peut-être certaines formules-clés de Barack Obama (vous verrez que M. Ignatieff y fait d'ailleurs lui-même référence directement). Bref, les «emprunts» sont pleinement assumés. (En passant, le storytelling en politique inclut aussi l'«histoire» de la famille du politicien, de même que celles de citoyens «ordinaires» que le politicien «raconte» dans ses discours)…
Même le titre du discours est obamien: Moving Forward from Hardship to Hope….
(Et oui, je sais, Obama n'a tout de même pas le monopole des mots «hope» ou «we can», mais comme ils sont dans l'air du temps grâce à lui….)
«The Empire Club and the Canadian Club are institutions that have always mattered to my family.
My great-grandfather-a proud New Brunswicker named George Parkin-spoke to the club.
My grandfather-a Russian émigré named Paul Ignatieff-spoke to this club.
My Dad spoke to this club in 1969.
He said then: "Those to whom this opportunity is offered, I realize, have to be brilliant, or original, or both. Since there is difficulty in being brilliant when you are trying to be original, and being original when you are trying to be brilliant, I shall merely try to be informative."
I asked where she was from and she said Oshawa. She was on her way to the YMCA for some job counselling. I asked why and she said: she was a tool and die maker and GM had let her go. I said, "You must be worried" and she said, "You bet. I'm a single mom and I've got one kid in university and another finishing high school, and it all comes down to me." "But we'll get there", she said. And with spirit like that, we will get there. We will get there together. I'm in politics to help that woman get there: get the job training she needs, get the next job, get her kids through university and make sure she has a secure and happy retirement with her grandchildren.
I know we can.
In hard times, Canadians expect compassion, understanding, and non-partisan action from their government.
A train used to run through the centre of the little town in Quebec where I spent some summers, and my father once told me that if you put your ear to the rails, you could hear a train before you could see it.
The inauguration of President Obama shows us how one man putting himself at the head of millions can restore trust and restore faith in the political process.
We in Canada must do the same. We do not need to drift with the tide. We can act. We can choose. We can work to avoid the worst and search for the best. We can rebuild the trust that has been broken and restore faith in our own country.
We have been, we are, and we will be an example to the world. We have been, we are and we will be a light among nations.
And imagine what can be.
To show courage and boldness, and revive the faith that people have in themselves and in their country.
Strengthen our citizenship.
Rediscover our place in the world.»