A first meeting for the parliamentary recognition of QS and the PQ
To be officially recognized as a parliamentary group in the National Assembly, a party must have obtained 20% of the vote or have elected at least 12 deputies.
The leaders of the four parties represented in the National Assembly meet on Wednesday for a first contact in what could well be a long series of negotiations over the next few weeks to determine the status of Québec solidaire (QS) and the Parti Québécois (PQ) in the National Assembly.
The discussions promise to be tough, since it is power sharing at the ;National Assembly in question.
The two opposition parties want to be officially recognized as a parliamentary group, even if they do not respect not the current rules.
To derogate from the rules and hope to acquire the desired status, they must therefore first have obtained the support of both the government, formed by the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), and the Liberal Official Opposition (PLQ). They have until November 29, the day the next parliamentary session begins, to do so.
To be officially recognized as a parliamentary group in the National Assembly, with all the privileges associated with this status in terms of funding and speaking rights, a party must have obtained 20% of the vote in the general election. or elect at least 12 deputies.
However, neither the PQ nor QS have succeeded in achieving this performance, hence the marathon of negotiations that took place. x27;starts Wednesday to change the rules of the game.
Québec solidaire, headed by its two co-spokespersons Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois , has 11 elected members.
The two parties are sure to get there, even if the Parti Québécois only elected three deputies on October 3, succeeding to monopolize 14.6% of the popular vote, and that Québec solidaire has only 11 deputies and 15.4% of popular support.
This rule of 20% or 12 deputies, which dates from the 1970s, is perfectly arbitrary, argued in a telephone interview Tuesday the PQ MP Joël Arseneau, who will participate in the meeting, surrounded by ;Alexandre Leduc (QS), Marc Tanguay (PLQ) and Simon Jolin-Barrette (CAQ).
His fear: that the government and the official opposition will turn on each other and put impediments to the other two parties seeking recognition.
The three Parti Québécois deputies who sit in the National Assembly: from left to right, Pascal Bérubé, Joël Arseneau and Paul St -Pierre Plamondon.
At the beginning, it was considered that the resistance of the Liberal Party seemed more important, but today one does not have the impression that the CAQ wants to rise more above- above the fray, deplores Mr. Arseneau.
This is not the signal they gave us, he added, convinced that the government and the liberal opposition will in the coming weeks pass a test as to their ability to demonstrate their democratic sense.
In principle, Mr. Jolin-Barrette has nevertheless shown himself open to official recognition from both parties, but without ever specifying what form it would take. According to Mr. Arseneault's understanding, the government would intend to oppose the idea of granting them the label of parliamentary group, thereby limiting the powers granted.
Government House Leader Simon Jolin-Barrette, here during his swearing-in, showed openness to official recognition from both parties, but never specified what form it would take.
The official opposition, led by Dominique Anglade, has 20 deputies and does not seem more receptive to the idea of sharing a parcel of power, even if the Liberal Party of Quebec obtained fewer votes (14.4 %) than the other two. She undertook to discuss the issue, without making any commitment.
For its part, Québec solidaire expects to repeat the scenario of 2018, when the party was recognized as a parliamentary group, even though it had only 10 deputies. Our expectations are simple, but essential. QS must be recognized as a parliamentary group as it was in 2018. The PLQ is expected to rise above partisanship and accept the popular will, said a party spokesperson by e-mail.
The opposition parties claim the right to speak to put forward their ideas and challenge the government in the House, and need to x27;money to hire staff to assist MEPs in their tasks.
Wednesday's meeting, which will allow everyone to state their expectations and gauge the situation. opening of the others, should last an hour.