If he wanted to compare Quebec sovereignty to the French Revolution, then at least the "evil overlord" would have been a French monarchy. At least that would constitute comparing Canada to an incompetent French regime instead of one of the most brutally savage in the history of man. Gilles, there are many historical figures who share your struggle to overthrow their nation's leadership be it Robespierre, Trotsky, Mao, or failed Austrian artists. Whoever your inspiration is, your statement was stupid and I'm sure if you could have it to do over again you wouldn't say it.
Leave allegory and symbolism to the writers and bloggers. Politicians should revert, wherever possible, to pragmatism.
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (6 May 1758 – 28 July 1794) is one of the best-known and most influential figures of the French Revolution. He largely dominated the Committee of Public Safety and was instrumental in the period of the Revolution commonly known as the Reign of Terror, which ended with his arrest and execution in 1794.
Robespierre was influenced by 18th century Enlightenment philosophes such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Montesquieu, and he was a capable articulator of the beliefs of the left-wing bourgeoisie. He was described as physically unimposing and immaculate in attire and personal manners. His supporters called him "The Incorruptible", while his adversaries called him the "Tyrant" and dictateur sanguinaire (bloodthirsty dictator).