An electoral debate at the Cégep de Chicoutimi with two out of five candidates | Elections Quebec 2022

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An electoral debate at the Cégep de Chicoutimi with two out of five candidates | Élections Québec 2022

Only two political parties were represented at the election debate at Cégep de Chicoutimi on Thursday noon. Three tables therefore remained empty.

An electoral debate took place Thursday at the Cégep de Chicoutimi. However, it only brought together two participants.

Only the Parti québécois (PQ), with Émile Simard (Dubuc), and Québec solidaire (QS), with Andrée- Anne Brillant (Dubuc), were represented during the electoral debate which took place at Théâtre C. On stage, three tables therefore remained empty.

However, the organizer of the event, the teacher France Devin, had sent invitations to the various political parties as soon as the election campaign started on August 28.

This political science teacher explained that the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) never sent an acknowledgment of receipt and that the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) canceled its participation on Wednesday. As for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), according to Ms. Devin, its members refused to join the debate on the pretext that students were not their target voters.

Cégep de Chicoutimi political science teacher France Devin was very disappointed with the absence of three parties during the debate.

It is often said that young people, 18 to 34, are not going to vote and there is often talk of cynicism towards politics. Exactly, that's why when elections come around, I organize myself all the time to have debates to involve young people in politics and the fact that candidates decide not to run, for me it's is almost a snag on democracy, strongly criticized the teacher.

For their part, the caquistes claim to have refused to be represented during the debate held at the Cégep de Chicoutimi, because the preparation in anticipation of such an exercise requires long hours of work. They preferred to invest their time to go to the field in order to meet voters there, it was indicated, on the side of the CAQ regional team.

On Wednesday, four parties were represented during the debate organized at the Cégep de Jonquière in front of a crowd of 200 students. Only the PLQ was absent, but because it responded too late to the invitation.

In the evening, a second debate took place on Radio-Canada, again bringing together the CAQ, the PQ, QS and the PCQ. The PLQ was supposed to be there, but the designated candidate was hit by COVID-19.

Another debate will be held Friday at Alma College.

Andrée-Anne Brillant, of Québec solidaire, and Émile Simard, of the Parti québécois, were the only two candidates present during the debate held Thursday at the Cégep de Chicoutimi.

The only two participants in the debate have vigorously denounced this situation.

It is a great disappointment for young people. I can't imagine how one can feel when there are parties that don't consider youth to be important. For me, that's the message it sends. I find that really absurd, lamented Andrée-Anne Brillant.

We are first and foremost democrats, then I think that for the well-being of our democracy, debating is the basis . With people who refuse to debate, I say, “Where are we going?” Are we moving towards a common message that is given by the national and the local should no longer speak? It's that they let their boss speak, then after that, the others at the local, they decide to do nothing. On the contrary, we have local issues to put forward, denounced Émile Simard for his part.

According to information from Catherine Gignac

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