01/24/2012 01:41 EST | Updated 03/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Former premier Landry knocks PQ's strategy

In an open letter published Tuesday, former Quebec premier Bernard Landry said the Parti Québécois can blame its recent troubles on its sovereignty plans.

In a letter published in La Presse newspaper, Landry took aim at the PQ's most recent sovereignty strategy, known as gouvernance souverainiste. The plan would have Quebec gradually claim jurisdiction over issues controlled by Ottawa.

The comments are a stark contrast to what Landry claimed would be the best way to achieve independance.

When he led the PQ between 2001 and 2005, Landry wanted to hold a third referendum as quickly as possible. Landry was Premier between 2001 and 2003, when he lost to Jean Charest and the Liberals.

La Presse chief editorialist André Pratte said he can't figure out what would push Landry to speak out now. He said Landry and current PQ leader Pauline Marois are essentially promoting the same vision.

"The words are different but the approach is really the same: get in power and once we're in power, try to promote our project, and see if we can have a majority for sovereignty in a referendum," said Pratte.

Pratte said the two are also facing the same challenge of getting elected while a majority of Quebecers don't favour sovereignty.