Gaspé candidates crossed swords in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts | Elections Quebec 2022

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The candidates of Gaspé have crossed swords in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts | Élections Quebec 2022

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The five candidates were present at the debate.

The five candidates in Gaspé crossed swords in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts on Tuesday evening during the riding's first electoral debate .

About twenty people were present at the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts Fifty Years Club to watch the clash between the candidates.

The format of the debate organized by the Avantage gaspésien gave each candidate fifteen minutes to answer questions from the other candidates. Stéphane Sainte-Croix of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), Yv Bonnier-Viger of Québec Solidaire (QS) and Michel Marin of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) were present. Candidate for the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) Pier-Luc Bouchard took part in the debate virtually.

Almost eighty people were also present virtually at the start of the event.

The virtual presence of Mr. Bouchard has also disturbed a few people, in particular the PQ candidate.

It's very difficult to debate this way, we would have liked to have you with us, lamented Méganne Perry Mélançon, addressing the Conservative candidate during an exchange.

Although the debate as a whole was respectful and cordial, some strong exchanges took place, in particular with regard to the CAQ candidate Stéphane Sainte-Croix, who had to defend the record of a government of which he is not part part.

The candidate for the Coalition avenir Québec, Stéphane Sainte-Croix (archives)

He was notably questioned by the Liberal candidate, Miche Marin, and Méganne Perry Mélançon of the PQ on the promise of the CAQ, during the last election, to transfer public service positions to the regions.

What we notice is that the people of Haute-Gaspésie and even elected officials have denounced the abandonment of the CAQ towards the region and for me it is important to catch up on investments in Haute-Gaspésie. Gaspésie, particularly on the issue of the decentralization of civil servants in the regions, explains the PQ candidate.

Mr. Sainte-Croix also had to defend the fact that the leader of his party, François Legault, has not yet visited the Gaspé since the start of the election campaign, unlike other leaders.

I would not be inclined to say that Mr. Legault shuns Gaspésie, of course, but Mr. Legault has priorities like everyone else and a busy schedule, says Stéphane Sainte-Croix.

Despite several arrows fired at Mr. Sainte-Croix, other candidates had to defend themselves against questions from their opponents.

This is the case of the solidarity candidate who defended his position on the issue of the protection of woodland caribou. Yv Bonnier-Viger wants to create a protected area for the preservation of the species and the Liberal, PQ and CAQ candidates have raised their concerns about this project, particularly about its impact on the region's forestry and tourism industry.< /p>

We are aware of the impacts of this project and we will take all measures to support the forest industry and the recreational tourism industry to ensure compensation for jobs that could be reassigned, s Calmly defended Yv Bonnier-Viger.

“It's a societal choice that we have to make. Do we want to protect diversity or are we just talking about it? »

— Yv Bonnier-Viger, Québec solidaire candidate in Gaspé.

Québec solidaire candidate Yv Bonnier-Viger and the candidate of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Pier-Luc Bouchard, who participated in the debate virtually.

The Conservative candidate, Pier-Luc Bouchard, meanwhile had to deal with controversial remarks made by the leader of his party, Éric Duhaime.

In 2015, Éric Duhaime, then that he was a presenter at FM93 in Quebec, had affirmed that it was necessary to close the only region which was particularly dependent on the State, that is to say the Gaspésie, and he had indicated that he had bought the domain name < em>www.fermonslagaspesie.com.

Mr. Bouchard defended himself by saying that he did not know that his leader had already made these remarks, which caused reactions from the other candidates and people present in the audience on Tuesday evening.

Despite some disagreements, the debate was cordial and respectful, and the candidates were, overall, happy with the exchanges.

We reported on some of our achievements throughout the territory, mainly in Haute-Gaspésie, and communicating with citizens is always important, said Stéphane Sainte-Croix of the CAQ after the debate. .

Liberal candidate Michel Marin acknowledged that this was his first experience in provincial politics and therefore his first such debate. He still claims to be satisfied with his experience.

Michel Marin is the PLQ candidate in the riding of Gaspé (archives).

A debate like that, in front of people, live, I still found it quite pleasant and the subjects were interesting, but I would have personally preferred to talk a little more about “other elements of our platform, such as the charter of the regions for example, specifies Mr. Marin.

Méganne Perry Mélançon, for her part, defended her record and took part in the debate with confidence, in control and in control of her files.

Outgoing Parti Québécois MP for Gaspé, Méganne Perry Mélançon (archives)

It was an interesting exercise with the citizens of Haute-Gaspésie who were listening and who, I think, have great expectations of the next county representative and I also wanted to demonstrate everything that we have managed to pick up as a gain in the last four years, says the outgoing MP.

“I am talking about gains because 'we raised our voice and I fought alongside our citizens for all the struggles that are important to them. I want to continue the work that has been started. »

— Méganne Perry Mélançon, incumbent MP and candidate in Gaspé for the Parti Québécois.

The format of Tuesday evening's debate was blamed by Yv Bonnier-Viger, since in his opinion, the method chosen did not allow those present to ask their questions to the candidates.

The solidarity candidate also requested that a debate be held in English. According to him, nearly 10% of the population of the riding of Gaspé is English-speaking and would benefit from knowing the ideas of its candidates.

This is a population that unfortunately does not understand French well and I think it would be the least we could do to organize a debate in English with all the candidates because it is really important that these people be able to participate democratic life, says Yv Bonnier-Viger.

The Gaspé candidates will cross swords again on September 19 during a debate organized by Solidarité Gaspé at the Gaspé campus of the Cégep of Gaspésie and the Islands. This debate will mainly address the themes of the environment and climate change.

Still in Gaspésie, a debate between the candidates for the riding of Bonaventure was held Wednesday noon at the Quai des Arts in Carleton-sur-Mer.

With information from Louis Pelchat-Labelle

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