An economic debate marked by attacks against the Coalition avenir Québec
Quebec's main political parties had nominated a candidate to take part in the exercise.
Candidates representing the five main political parties in Quebec presented their priorities and defended their ideas and their achievements during an economic debate organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Saguenay-Le Fjord (CCISF) on Wednesday. It was mainly the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) that was the target of the attacks.
They addressed different themes, namely labor and immigration , natural resources and environmental opportunities, regional development and transportation as well as leadership and access to government programs.
In turn, the candidates were called upon to decide. There was no direct exchange between them, but unsurprisingly, arrows were still fired at the outgoing government.
The candidates accused the CAQ for having lacked proactivity in certain files.
The Conservative candidate in Dubuc, Tommy Pageau, maintained that only André Laforest spoke when the CAQ was challenged in the region< /p>
Can you name just one other of the three CAQ MPs? The answer will mostly be no. They've been there for four years and we've never seen Éric Girard. We have never seen Nancy Guillemette. We never saw François Tremblay. Where is the regional leadership?, asked Mr. Pageau.
The Québec solidaire candidate in Chicoutimi, Adrien Guibert-Barthez, meanwhile accused the CAQ of not do enough to manage the housing crisis.
It is absolutely necessary to resolve the housing crisis that the CAQ has denied for four years and we must create 50,000 social housing units across Quebec, including approximately 900 to 1,000 in the region, he argued.
For his part, the Parti Québécois candidate in Lac-Saint-Jean, William Fradette, believes that the CAQ's record in terms of immigration is insufficient.
The CAQ is not an independentist party, is not capable of seeking powers in immigration. She tried it in the last four years, it was a failure , he mentioned.
It's the caquiste candidate in Chicoutimi, Andrée Laforest, who represented her party during the debate.
According to her, the goods have been delivered. In her eyes, her government is one of the regions and the members of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean are convinced people.
Ms. Laforest believes that, for the past four years, her work has, among other things, created jobs at Rio Tinto.
She recalled the implementation of certain programs and the settlement of various files in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
The prison for 10 years, the Sainte-Anne bridge. [These are] projects that were closed, that weren't moving forward. The Alma-La Baie highway. It's not true that politics with candidates is all the same. […] I ask the people of the region to recognize all the regional projects. The industrial-port zone is for us. This is the future. We are going to make our region shine, she said.
The Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) is the one that seems to have had the most difficulty recruiting candidates in the five regional constituencies.
In Dubuc, it is Berry Zinga Nkuni who will wear the colors of the party. He admitted that he knew little of the region, but said he would fight tooth and nail to defend its interests if elected on October 3.
Questioned to Knowing how the region was able to elect a liberal prime minister in 2014 and find itself in a situation like today's eight years later, Mr. Nkuni indicated that former elected officials had possibly broken the bond of trust with the voters.
It can come from, say, promises that have not been kept. It's a reality. […] I think that this breach of confidence should be repaired, he indicated, acknowledging that he is a candidate parachuted by the PLQ.