American-style election signs planted on lawns in Mauricie | Elections Quebec 2022

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American-style election signs planted on lawns in Mauricie | &Elections Québec 2022

More and more voters are taking steps to obtain such election posters themselves, notes the Conservative candidate in Nicolet-Bécancour, Mario Lyonnais.

They are an integral part of the American electoral landscape, and here they are now installed in Quebec: the signs of the candidates proliferate on the lawns of private properties. Supporters of the Conservative Party of Quebec are particularly numerous to have adopted them to show their color.

Eric Duhaime's political party confirms that it has drawn inspiration from American tradition to offer more visibility to its party. It was done in the United States. The Conservative Party took this idea and it snowballed, says Steve Massicotte, Conservative candidate in the riding of Champlain.

Since then, conservative blue has been prominent there. In Champlain, we have nearly 500 small posters distributed, reports Steve Massicotte, who speaks of a domino effect.

The wave of which the candidate speaks has joined Jackie Fortin, a Mauritian who is not used to publicly displaying his political allegiance. The sign installed in front of his home bears witness to the change that has taken place in this citizen during the health crisis. Having lost confidence in the Legault government, Jackie Fortin is now more politicized. “I had never felt the compulsion to show up before. I feel like we've been hurt a lot in the past few years, and showing up for me makes sense,” he said.

< p class="e-p">Philippe Rousseau also feels freer to show his convictions. “At the time, I think it was taboo. People kept their idea… but I think it's important for young people to show our colors,” he says.

The electoral division of Nicolet-Bécancour is no exception to this phenomenon. The county's Conservative candidate, Mario Lyonnais, notes that more and more voters are taking the steps themselves to obtain such posters. These are the people who call us. They've seen it in a few places and they're asking for it. We are currently short of it.

An election sign of Steven Roy Cullen, solidarity candidate in the riding of Trois-Rivières, is displayed in front of the residence of a party volunteer.

Other parties have followed suit, including Québec solidaire (QS) and the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ). Marie Albertson, a volunteer for QS in Trois-Rivières, proudly displays with her own sign her adherence to the values ​​of the party and her support for the solidarity candidate Steven Roy Cullen.

I want Québec solidaire to enter the government as the official opposition , underlined the one who hopes to influence other voters to rally to her cause.

Whether orange, red or blue, these lawn signs could well become a new electoral tradition in Quebec.

With information from Coralie Laplante

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