Chefs at the finish line | Elections Quebec 2022

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Les chefs au fil d’arrival | Élections Québec 2022

What can the last hours of the Quebec election campaign tell us about the hopes and apprehensions of the leaders?

Caquist chef François Legault was in Sherbrooke, Estrie, on Sunday.

The race draws to a close. The leaders of the five main parties have only a few hours left to make their last promises, shoot their last arrows and shake a few last hands. How and where did they choose to end their campaign?

It is in Estrie that the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) went on Sunday, a region that has been almost completely his since the last general election. But there is a Gallic village in the middle of this CAQ territory: the riding of Sherbrooke, where Québec solidaire (QS) unexpectedly won in 2018.

François Legault hopes to take his revenge there. However, even with a star candidate – the former mayor of Longueuil, Caroline St-Hilaire – and favorable projections, the victory is not certain. Not to mention that those in solidarity are also eyeing the neighboring riding of Saint-François, where they hope to make a breakthrough.

When he appeared before journalists in Sherbrooke yesterday, François Legault wanted to emphasize his team of candidates and, above all, candidates. Surrounded by Caroline St-Hilaire (Sherbrooke), Sonia LeBel (Champlain) and Martine Biron (Chutes-de-la-Chaudière), he said he found the way election campaigns were unfair.

It was surrounded by candidates that François Legault showed up at his press briefing in Sherbrooke.

We see a lot of leaders but not a lot of candidates. Beyond François Legault, we have a formidable team, he said, promising that if he is re-elected as Prime Minister, his next cabinet will be in the parity zone.

“It is not true that I can rule alone. ”

— François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec

However, the questions mainly focused on the campaign itself and the attitude of Mr. Legault during this race.

Some have noticed his often annoyed pouts and his sometimes scowling look at repeated questions from journalists.

I had fun, he swore repeatedly, smiling. Of course there were the [scrambles], but otherwise it was very pleasant, he added jokingly.

At the end of the election campaign, he said he wanted to bring Quebecers together, thus alluding to the very genesis of his political party.

When I founded the CAQ, I brought together the best Liberals with the best PQ, he said before adding that his goal is to unite, to develop Quebec with all world.

At the start of the day, during a whirlwind visit to the Magdalen Islands, the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), Dominique Anglade, pleaded for another way, another style of leadership, which she wants to bring to the National Assembly.

However, the Liberal leader will have mostly spent the last day of the campaign on the move. On Sunday morning, Ms. Anglade jumped on a plane to Nunavik for a visit of a few hours.

“From memory, this is the first time a party leader has come to Kuujjuaq during an election campaign.

—Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec

Her party hopes to cause a surprise by stealing the riding of Ungava from the CAQ and thus proving the lie to the polling firms, which place him third in voting intentions.

Dominique Anglade hopes to win the riding of Ungava on October 3.

Dominique Anglade had thus come to support her candidate, Tunu Napartuk, but she also wanted to send a message to the members of the First Nations: once in the National Assembly, she swears that she will not spare her efforts to build bridges with indigenous communities.

According to her, the entry into government of Mr. Napartuk would bring hope to an entire generation. She has also been full of praise for her candidate, who she says is rooted in the community, [who has] a good command of the subjects and [who is a man] in who people trust.

Ms. Anglade then flew back to Montreal, where she will attend the unveiling of the results on Monday.

François Legault hurt Quebec.

It is with these words that Québec solidaire (QS) co-spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, began his last day of campaigning. He returned to discussions he had had the day before with citizens with an immigrant background, who said they were shocked by François Legault's statements on newcomers.

The supportive leader had a message for anyone hurt by Francois Legault: No matter the outcome of tomorrow's election, I will fight for you, he said. You deserve to be respected and you haven't been in this campaign. I do not accept that, he added.

If Quebec is not for everyone, it is for no one , he launched, using the words of a citizen he met.

The Solidaires have devoted their last efforts to Montreal, where they hope to make gains. It is in the riding of Gouin, in Montreal, that the two co-spokespersons for Québec solidaire, Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, took stock of their election campaign.

The two spokespersons for Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Manon Massé, met with media representatives at Molson Park, in the riding of Gouin, in Montreal.< /p>

Unsurprisingly, it was the environment that largely occupied the speeches of the two supporters. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois insisted that if he remains in opposition, his party will work hard to advance its objectives in the fight against climate change.

“Whenever François Legault wants to take a step forward for the environment, I will be his ally. Every time he wants to take a step back, I will be his opponent. »

— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Quebec solidaire

And his colleague Manon Massé had a message for younger voters: Go vote like your future depends on it. Because it is, she said.

Like her Liberal opponent, Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, traveled a good number of kilometers on Sunday in order to consolidate his gains in the eastern part of the province, traditionally PQ ridings which could, if we are to believe the pollsters, slip through his fingers on Monday.

Shortly after landing by jet in Gaspé, Parti Québécois leader Paul St -Pierre Plamondon, assured that the environment is among the priorities of his party.

Should we see a message there? journalists asked him at the end of the day in Jonquière. Yes, answered the PQ leader unequivocally. We end our campaign at a place where people understand the meaning of the word 'pride',' he said, to thunderous applause from the crowd and the candidates.

Earlier Sunday, he had invited his Gaspé supporters to judge him […] on merit before insisting on a once again on the calm tone of his campaign and on the clear ideas, filled with conviction, of his party.

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon reiterated the importance, according to him, of having strong voices in the National Assembly to give the reply to François Legault and thus prevent him from taking control. of the province without opposition or almost.

“The CAQ does not need your vote, but the defense of our regions and French, yes !

—Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois

The place of the private sector in the field of health, individual freedoms, the exploitation of natural gas and oil in Quebec, without forgetting its repeated exits on the third link… Our ideas are more and more acceptable ! launched Éric Duhaime to his supporters, he who judges that the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) has certainly won the battle of ideas during this election campaign.

But the game is not over for the leader, who hopes to be able to enter the National Assembly by winning a seat in the riding of Chaveau, in the Quebec region. This is where he devoted his efforts on Sunday.

“It's time to turn the page,” said Conservative leader Éric Duhaime in Chauveau, where he will seek election on October 3.

However, for the Conservative leader, the real victory will be in increasing voter turnout this year. We saw it in the advance polling stations, he cited as an example, confident. What's new compared to the last election? It's the PCQ.

“I hope with all my heart, in the tight regions with the CAQ, that our deputies will pass.

— Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

Instead of shunning the ballot box, [voters can] express their opinion and regain confidence in the institutions, said added Éric Duhaime without failing to warn, once again, against a possible Conservative failure in terms of the number of elected deputies. In that case, these malcontents would risk being even more disillusioned, he warned.

With information from Maud Cucchi

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