François Legault reaches out to other parties “in good faith” | Elections Quebec 2022

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François Legault reaches out to other parties “in good faith” | &Elections Québec 2022

The leader of the Coalition avenir Québec, François Legault, during a press conference held in Gaspe, Tuesday.

The leader of the Coalition avenir Québec, François Legault, pledged on Tuesday to bring political parties together in the National Assembly and to work with them if he is re-elected as prime minister after ballot.

There are good ideas on the environment, on the protection of French. So I want to work with the oppositions. That's what Quebecers want, that we work together, he said at a press conference in Gaspé, where he announced his promise to reduce the cost of hunting and fishing licenses by 50% for seniors aged 65 and over.

“I will work with everyone who is in good faith to move Quebec forward. »

— François Legault, leader of the Coalition avenir Québec

However, he issued a warning to his counterparts. We will also see the collaboration we will have with the opposition parties, he said, reiterating that all good ideas are welcome.

What form would this relationship take? ? TBD, but I want to check them out. I heard good ideas from other chefs. Work with them. If they are open, meet them regularly to get their suggestions, because we all work for the good of Quebecers, he replied.

The CAQ leader does not rule out the possibility of authorizing that a bill be tabled by each opposition party and studied in the National Assembly during a future parliamentary session.

On the other hand, he does not undertake to review the voting system to make it more proportional. I don't think that for Quebecers, it's a priority, he advised.

Do we need a strong opposition to have a functioning parliament? It is very much a question of leaders. There will be parliamentary leaders. There will be parties. We will work with them to make room for them, he replied, adding that the questions during the debates are mainly addressed to political leaders.

Nevertheless, during the last mandate, the opposition parties have often accused the leader of the Caquiste of being arrogant and rebuffing them. I think that, in fact, I am someone who listens. As I have said many times before, the pandemic has made me more humble than ever. You have to adapt, adjust. And that's what I've been doing for four years, he agreed.

François Legault was questioned on the Léger poll published Tuesday morning which places his party first in the voting intentions of voters with 37% support, far ahead of Québec solidaire (17%), the Liberal Party of Quebec (16% ), the Conservative Party of Quebec (15%) or the Parti Québécois (15%). Are we witnessing a battle for second place?

Don't take anything for granted. You have to work hard. There are six days left, he limited himself to saying, believing that eastern Quebec is the subject of a two-way struggle between the Parti Québécois and his party.

The Léger survey was conducted on the web among 1,023 Quebecers aged 18 and over and eligible to vote in Quebec, from September 23 to 25.

Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon also says he is ready, as of October 4, to collaborate with the other parties on issues that move Quebec forward – an expression frequently used by Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet in Ottawa.

The PQ is up in the polls – enough for its leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, to ask voters to give him the role as Leader of the Official Opposition.

In a scrum this morning in the riding of Masson, in Mascouche, the PQ leader admitted that all the parties [had] good ideas. That's not the point, he insisted.

According to him, the most recent poll results, which indicate that the PQ has been rising in voting intentions since the start of the campaign, make the question of the election even more relevant. ;urn that he wishes to impose, and that he mentioned for the first time during his appearance on Everyone talks about itSunday, namely: Do we want to give absolute power to François Legault, without any counterweight or with the least possible counterweight, or do we want oppositions that are strong?.

Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon claims to be ready to assume the role that voters will want to give him… while ensuring that his party would form a constructive and respectful Official Opposition, which addresses the intelligence of the people and who is capable of nuance.

The co-spokesperson of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois considers that François Legault has not demonstrated a desire to work with the other political parties on the issue of the environment in his first mandate. I think it's a shame, he admitted.

Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois invited the media on Tuesday to talk about his car-sharing proposal.

Nevertheless, he praised his rival's openness. Today, in the election campaign, he promises us that he will do it. I accept his outstretched hand, he said.

However, he issued a warning: It doesn't matter whether Québec solidaire is in government or in opposition […], we will work with everyone who wants to that we fight harder against climate change and we will oppose any decision that sets us back.

This election is crucial for the future of our children and grandchildren, but it's not the end of the beans. On the morning of October 4, no matter where we are in the Blue Room, we will have to work together to solve the climate crisis. And I am committed […] to working hand in hand with all the other parties who will want to go in the right direction, he said.

With information from Jérôme Labbé

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