Éric Duhaime solicits voters' “civic sense” to be elected | Elections Quebec 2022

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Éric Duhaime solicits “the civic sense ” of voters to be elected | Élections Quebec 2022

The Conservative leader fears that his party will not be represented in the National Assembly to match its new political aura.

Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

Conservative leader Éric Duhaime is now appealing to the “civic sense” of voters in the hope that the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) finds a good place in the National Assembly despite the voting system which does not favor it. In his rhetoric, he also does not hesitate to raise the specter of civil excesses if his party is refused entry to Parliament.

If the PCQ fails to make a breakthrough in the provincial elections, a large percentage of the population will lose confidence in the institutions, warned Éric Duhaime on Thursday.

In the crosshairs: the democratic distortion between the field and the ballot box due to a voting system that the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) had promised to reform, before retracting.

The party is reneging on its commitments, they should not be the ones who profit from the crime, reproached the conservative leader, while congratulating himself for having done useful work for Quebec democracy by embodying a political opposition in the midst of a pandemic.

“We have to send a clear message, we need to be represented in Quebec, […] and that starts with the election of the chief. »

— Éric Duhaime, Conservative Leader

In his latest attempts to mobilize his supporters to vote on October 3, all the arguments are good to galvanize the troops and legitimize the place of the Conservatives among the elected MPs.

On n&# x27;has no interest in having a government against young people, also launched Mr. Duhaime on the airwaves of Radio X, where he welcomed his aura with a population hostile to liberticidal health measures, without hiding his difficulties in rallying a more cautious senior electorate to conservative positions.

At a press briefing in Quebec City, the leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, also indicated that he wanted at least one PCQ candidate to be able to access the Parliament, to better reflect the vote.

I have very little in common with the Conservatives in terms of ideas, but I think that if a party gets 15% in the polls, it deserves to be heard in the National Assembly, it deserves a space. Because otherwise it is not legitimate, he said.

The lack of representation after the elections on October 3 could further stir the feeling of injustice among some conservatives, suggested in turn Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon.

“There is an old saying that says that if voices are not heard in Parliament, where things are decided, they are often heard in the streets. »

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

I don't think there's going to be an uprising, but as we get closer to that vote, even for opponents with whom I have nothing in common, or almost none, I reiterate that we need strong opposition and that we gain by letting each voice speak in society, specified the PQ leader.

The risk is less one of uprising than of demobilization, he added, recalling the anemic turnout of 43% in the last general election in Ontario. It's no longer a democracy, that's where it is, he argued.

According to Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, Mr. Duhaime should also address his activists to explain to them that the electoral process in Quebec is not rigged, contrary to the misinformation that can circulate on social networks, he said, earlier, in an interview with 98.5 Montreal.

Another deadline expected before the election, the demonstration Dehors la CAQ has planned to meet on October 1 in L'Assomption, in the riding of outgoing Prime Minister François Legault, to denounce its management of the COVID-19 pandemic.< /p>

Torn between the responsibility of calling for calm to avoid the slippages of activists and that of giving them the freedom to express themselves anyway, Éric Duhaime invited them not to brew the soup when they get together.

I can't stop them from demonstrating […] but I don't want to censor, launched the conservative leader when the host Dominic Mrais, of Radio X, asked him if he intended to dissuade conservative voters from participating in this event.

The Conservative candidate's more outspoken initial reaction – I urge people not to take part in demonstrations – was quickly revised to a less clear-cut opinion, but accompanied by a series of caveats: You will harm to the cause you think you are defending, or demonstrating in a madcap way would fuel criticism from opponents who are just waiting for it, he added.

A regular guest on Radio X, Éric Duhaime was on the microphone of Dominic Mrais four days before the election.

This is not the first time that the Conservative leader has taken part in the exercise of pacifying his troops, who have come together against the outgoing government.

Mr. Duhaime repeated the same arguments towards his militants whom he tries to empower and describes, in passing, as civilized. On Thursday morning, the political leader instead called on them to join him this weekend for a door-to-door blitz in Chauveau, where he is trying to get elected.

En beginning of the electoral campaign, in particular, he had to remind them that violence and threats had no place in politics after the liberal candidate Marwah Rizqy, threatened with death, had accused him of channeling hatred and anger in the goal of entering the National Assembly.

With information from Jérôme Labbé and Sébastien Desrosiers

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