CAQ candidates refuse to participate in numerous debates | Elections Quebec 2022
Several candidates from the party led by François Legault, here surrounded by candidates from Mauricie, refused to participate in numerous debates, including one to come in Rouyn-Noranda.
Environment, health, seniors, employment: the debates organized on several themes since the start of the election campaign have been shunned more by the candidates of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) than by all the other parties, noted Radio-Canada. /p>
A non-exhaustive review of past and future debates shows that on nearly 30 occasions, the CAQ did not delegate a candidate to participate in a local or regional debate.
For these same events, there are only three absences for the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) and none for Quebec solidaire (QS) and the Parti Quebecois (PQ).
To him the Vire au vert movement alone has scheduled around thirty debates and interviews on the theme of the environment. The CAQ declined invitations to more than half of these events, or 17 refusals in total. This is far ahead of the Conservative Party of Quebec (8) and the Liberal Party of Quebec (1).
The CAQ is also the only group to have refused to participate in the debate which will take place tonight in Rouyn-Noranda, where arsenic emissions linked to the Horne Foundry have been in the news for months.
Only the CAQ has not confirmed a candidate to participate in this debate organized by Vire au vert, on September 19, in Rouyn -Noranda.
Not to mention that several debates on the Vire au vert calendar have not yet taken place and that the organization is still awaiting a response from the CAQ for some of them.
The climate crisis is first and foremost a public security issue; 73% of citizens are worried about the impact on their health and their wallet, recalls Marie-Ève Leclerc, mobilization manager at Équiterre and coordinator of Vire au vert.
“It is amazing that some candidates refuse to debate such an urgent and important issue. »
— Marie-Ève Leclerc, in charge of mobilization at Équiterre and coordinator of Vire au vert
In addition to the theme of the environment, the CAQ also made the x27; deadlock on health debates. On September 13, for example, it was the only political party absent from the event organized by the Union of Care Professionals of the Eastern Townships.
There will probably be no representative of the CAQ either at the debate organized by the Regional Council for Social Development of the Laurentians, on September 29. It is the only party that has not followed up, deplores the coordinator of the organization, Violaine Guérin.
She also promises to leave an empty seat on the stage in order to clearly highlight the fact that the caquists do not want to debate topics such as housing or the shortage of manpower.
“We wonder about their non-engagement or lack of participation in exchanges. The mission of our organization is consultation in social development, therefore for the improvement of the quality of life in general. »
— Violaine Guérin, Coordinator of the Laurentian Regional Council for Social Development
Another debate, organized by the Regional Council FTQ Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which is to take place on September 22, should take place without the presence of a CAQ candidate.
The regional adviser of the FTQ, Yves-Aimé Boulay, indicated to Radio-Canada that the CAQ had justified this absence by an issue of agenda. Invitations had been issued to all parties at the beginning of last summer, however, he said.
“It's a disappointment. The goal is to provide as much information as possible to our members and the public. It will lack information. »
— Yves-Aimé Boulay, Regional Councilor of the FTQ
The PCQ did not respond to the invitation of the FTQ Regional Council, nevertheless specifies Mr. Boulay .
A debate on racial profiling and systemic racism, which was to take place on September 24 in Repentigny, was even canceled because the CAQ refused to take part. part.
The organizer of the event, Pierre-Richard Thomas, indicated by email that the other political parties had made their presence conditional on that of the CAQ candidate, Pascale Déry.
Faced with these absences, which are visibly more numerous than in other political parties, the CAQ ensures that it is still very present.
We have accepted more than 115 debates as of today, supports the spokesperson for the CAQ, Sarah Bigras. Each debate requires many hours of preparation and we have taken the decision to lead a campaign in the field and to meet with citizens.
We have favored debates which deal with several subjects, adds Ms. Bigras. This does not prevent candidates from meeting with organizations and listening to their concerns.