Disappointed, the solidarity nevertheless congratulate themselves on having resisted the CAQ wave | Elections Quebec 2022

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Disappointed, those in solidarity are nevertheless pleased to have resisted the CAQ wave | Élections Québec 2022< /p>

Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, center, with local candidates at QS headquarters during election night in Montreal, Monday, October 3, 2022.

It's time to take stock at Québec solidaire (QS). Disappointed not to have made more gains in the last elections, the political party still believes that it “resisted” the CAQ surge.

QS is the only opposition party to have swelled its ranks, its co-spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, immediately pointed out when he arrived at the caucus of deputies being held Thursday in Sherbrooke.< /p>

Congratulations to those who resisted the CAQ relentlessness, launched Manon Massé alongside him, adding that, of course, we would all have wanted different results.

The campaign did not yield the ideal gains, the gains we wanted, admitted Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.

“But I am so proud that our party managed to resist this wave. To be the political party that came second in the popular vote means something important. »

— Manon Massé, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire (QS)

This post-election QS caucus in Sherbrooke, where Christine Labrie defeated caquiste Caroline St-Hilaire, is the first meeting organized by the party since the October 3 election, 10 days ago.

That night, QS had only one win, going from 10 to 11 seats. The defeat of Émilise Lessard-Therrien in Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue was particularly painful, MP Andrés Fontecilla admitted on Thursday.

Very disappointed, he dropped in an impromptu press. Failing to make regional gains is part of the disappointment, he added, saying now it was time to look at what had worked less well.

During the election campaign, QS had promised to introduce a tax on net assets of more than a million dollars and on large estates, in particular. Orange taxes, had struck the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ).

It's part of our vision, maintained Mr. Fontecilla on Thursday. We must strengthen the capacity of the state to finance projects, he insisted. He concedes, however, that perhaps it could have been explained otherwise.

The tax on the rich proposed in the electoral campaign will be the subject of discussions, for his part declared the deputy for Rosemont, Vincent Marissal.

Later, in press briefing, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois said he found it unfair that the top 20% had 500 times more than the bottom 20%.

“Fundamentally, it's a value issue for QS and that's not going to change. On how we are going to want to solve this problem, we have four years to build our next electoral platform. »

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

For the rest, Mr. Marissal believes that the CAQ of François Legault benefited from ;a huge wave.

Often the waves are a bit irrational, he argued. When it leaves, the tsunami, there, hang on to the baobab, because it's going to wind and there's going to be a fleet. We still managed to hold on.

At the end of the pandemic, Quebecers were quite satisfied with the Legault government and did not really want to change things in Quebec, analyzed Andrés Fontecilla .

The defeated candidates were not invited to participate in the caucus on Thursday.

Furthermore, Mr's leadership Nadeau-Dubois and Ms. Massé was not contested. QS activists will have to decide whether to keep the two spokespersons in place at a convention in November 2023.

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