Election campaign: already more than 25,000 kilometers traveled | Elections Quebec 2022

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Election campaign: already more than 25,000 kilometres traveled | Elections Quebec 2022

The CAQ has covered more than 5300 kilometers since the start of the election campaign, almost as much as QS and the PQ.

If the buses of the five main political parties in Quebec circumnavigated the Earth, they would have already completed more than half of the trip! By mid-campaign, their combined journeys total over 25,000 kilometres. Taken separately, however, their itineraries illustrate very different realities.

By the day of the vote, François Legault wants to go to the 17 administrative regions of the province. He is off to a good start, because he has already visited 12, some of which he dreams of sweeping almost everything on election night, including Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Laval and Outaouais.

The biggest moves are still to come for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ). Mr. Legault has not yet been to Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Nord-du-Québec.

His leap from Tadoussac, the day Queen Elizabeth II died, cannot be considered a stopover on the North Shore. Rather than make the planned announcement, he suspended his campaign for the rest of the day.

Furthermore, Mr. Legault still has to visit Lanaudière, the region where he himself is seeking to be elected in the riding of L'Assomption.

In the early days of the campaign, the leader of the CAQ visibly marked his territory in the ridings that were potentially fertile for Éric Duhaime. Subsequently, he mainly went to his own strongholds, then to a few liberal bands that he hopes to wrest from Dominique Anglade.

Often criticized for its environmental program, the CAQ promises that its election campaign will be carbon neutral. The party does business with the Planetair service to calculate and offset its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

After spending the first three days of the campaign in the region of Quebec, the liberal caravan criss-crossed the streets of Montreal and Laval, where the majority of the red counties are located.

The bus still traveled to Val-d'Or in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, via the Outaouais. Unsurprisingly, the kilometers traveled are therefore concentrated in western Quebec, in places where the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) must protect the ridings won in 2018 and which the CAQ threatens to take from it.

In the east, the caravan did not go further than the Côte-du-Sud riding, in Chaudière-Appalaches. It must be said that the PLQ does not currently hold any ridings in this region, which could explain the lack of interest in it at the start of the campaign.

Leader Dominique Anglade boards his campaign bus.

Dominique Anglade therefore still has a lot of kilometers to go to catch up with former Liberal leader Philippe Couillard, who visited all regions of Quebec during the last election campaign, including the Magdalen Islands. He had visited them mostly in the first two weeks.

As of today, Ms. Anglade's troops have not yet gone to meet the citizens of Gaspésie, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean or Côte-Nord, for example.

As the leaders must participate in two debates in Montreal in the coming days, that of TVA on September 15 and that of Radio-Canada on September 22, it will be difficult for them to travel to remote regions by then. Then they will have little time left to press the accelerator.

Like the CAQ, the PLQ ensures that it is implementing measures to mitigate its production of GHGs, with the help of the company Carboneutre Québec. Our campaign bus carbon footprint is 49.87 tonnes; 357 trees will be planted by Carboneutre Québec to compensate, explains Dominique Anglade's communications director, Jérémy Ghio.

Québec solidaire (QS) has a lot of hope in Estrie. It is for this reason that the party launched its campaign in Saint-François. Not only does QS want to keep its seat in Sherbrooke, won in 2018, but also steal the neighboring riding, that of Saint-François.

Moreover, the caravan has visited these ridings twice since the start of the campaign, in addition to planning an important mid-campaign cultural event next weekend.

Same observation for the riding of Camille-Laurin in the east of Montreal, where the co-spokesperson went twice. The party wants to extend beyond the constituencies already acquired on the island of Montreal and hopes to delight Liberal strongholds such as Verdun, Maurice-Richard and Saint-Henri–Saint-Anne.

The caravan solidaire was also the first to go to Eastern Quebec. Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata, Rimouski, Bonaventure, Gaspé: QS wants to grow and show it's not just a Montreal party.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois during his visit to Gatineau on September 6 (archives).

His itinerary demonstrates this well. After Gaspésie, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois traveled to Trois-Rivières, Québec, Chicoutimi and Chibougamau, the most northerly point visited by a chef.

The co-spokesperson wishes to have the first Indigenous woman elected to the National Assembly in the riding of Ungava. A stop was also necessary in Rouyn-Noranda in order to support its candidate Émilise Lessard-Therrien who strongly denounced the arsenic emissions from the Horne Foundry. On the other hand, there too the fight promises to be tight.

The solidarity campaign will also be carbon neutral. The GHG emissions of the two campaign buses, that of the leader and that of the media, will be offset through Carbone Boréal. This will also be the case for the kilometers traveled by the Manon Mobile, which mainly surveys university campuses as well as the vehicles of the tour technicians.

The Parti Québécois (PQ) bus has devoured 5,453 kilometers of road since the start of the campaign, but the caravan took several days to pull away from the greater region of Montreal.

The explanation is simple, the PQ leader, Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon, made the bet to seek the votes in the east of Montreal , in the Camille-Laurin riding where the PQ was driven out by the CAQ in 2018.

In this context, the campaign team has seen fit to establish its headquarters in the east of the metropolis to allow the leader to make announcements in his county, even if it means making a few round trips. in strategic ridings that the party is trying to keep, such as Joliette.

After 18 days of campaigning, the PQ bus is the one that has traveled the most kilometers after that of QS.

Then the caravan set off for Ottawa, the party crossed the Ottawa River, the time of a press conference in front of the Canadian Parliament, a symbolic stop to promote sovereignty and denounce the record of the CAQ with regard to negotiations with the federal government.

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The bus was then quick to head to Gaspésie for an intense 36-hour tour. A destination where the caravan could stop again by the end of the campaign to maintain its achievements in Matane-Matapédia and Gaspé, as well as to retake Bonaventure.

The PQ caravan plans to travel 12,000 kilometers in all by October 3. The operation will be carbon neutral, we promise. The PQ has signed a contract with the company Carboneutre Québec, which has assessed that the party can offset its GHG emissions by planting 71 trees.

The day of the the start of the electoral campaign will have been revealing. The Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) bus, parked in front of Éric Duhaime's electoral office in the riding of Chauveau, barely moved that Sunday. He is the one who has traveled the least distance since.

This is nothing very surprising. Éric Duhaime himself described the greater Quebec City region as the stronghold of the Conservative movement, more receptive to his ideas and those of his party. This is the epicenter of his campaign, he admitted from the start.

When you look at the route of the Conservative caravan for 18 days, you understand what he meant. Nearly half of the announcements took place in the Capitale-Nationale or Chaudière-Appalaches region, from Donnacona to Montmagny, via Quebec and Lévis.

Éric Duhaime in front of his campaign bus.

C his is where the most popular Conservative rallies are held, but others have also drawn good crowds, in Trois-Rivières, Victoriaville, Saint-Jérôme and Laval. Another was more modest in Alma.

Even if the leader of the PCQ made only brief stops there, he hopes that the oil stain he intends to leave on the electoral map will reach these counties, and as far as Montreal.

In fact, this campaign is almost that of Highway 20, so much the bus goes back and forth between the two main metropolitan areas.

Then, fewer kilometers travelled, cheaper carbon credits? No, we are not going to offset the GHG emissions caused by our travels, answers Cédric Lapointe, the PCQ press officer. In this regard, the political formation stands apart and therefore leaves the race for carbon neutrality to its opponents.

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