Legault runs a 'failed government,' says interim Liberal leader

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The interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec and leader of the official opposition in the National Assembly of Quebec, Marc Tanguay, met with journalists on the sidelines of the caucus of his political formation, which is used to prepare the next parliamentary session. /p>

The official opposition in Quebec intends to hound François Legault's government on certain priorities. Meeting in Lac-Beauport on Tuesday, the Liberal caucus established three: the economy, the labor shortage and the essential missions of the state.

The interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Marc Tanguay, thus began three days of discussions with the 18 other Liberal deputies one week before the resumption of work in the National Assembly.

For the Liberal leader, the Legault government is failing to fulfill its essential missions, in particular health, justice and childcare services.

“François Legault says that it is a government of results. It's not true: it's a failed government.

—Marc Tanguay, interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec

Mr. Tanguay affirms that the economy will be at the heart of the interventions that the Liberal MPs will make in the House. The regions, he says, are suffering greatly from labor shortages.

Questions about Quebec's energy future will also be part of the priorities of the official opposition, continues the Liberal leader, who reiterates his request for a national consultation on this subject.

Marc Tanguay suggests that François Legault's vision for energy development lacks clarity.

He recalls that the Legault government had announced investments of 100 million by 2026 to deploy its first green hydrogen and bioenergy strategy.

However, despite this commitment, says the interim leader of the PLQ, François Legault does not seem to believe too much in that, green hydrogen.

As we approach the resumption of work in the House, the Liberal deputies must also close ranks after a difficult fall marked by the resignation of their leader, Dominique Anglade.

A by-election will be held on an undetermined date in the Montreal riding of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, left vacant by Ms. Anglade. It remains for the PLQ to present a candidate.

The PLQ denies having fallen behind with the approach of this election and Marc Tanguay ensures that the selection process for ;a candidate is well underway.

While affirming that he has no doubts about the victory of the Liberals in this Montreal riding, he recalls that Dominique Anglade was a member of Parliament there for seven years, from 2015 to 2022.

Dominique Anglade resigned as leader of the PLQ and as deputy after the historic defeat for his party in the October 2022 elections.

In the last elections in Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, Ms. Anglade won 36% of the vote, against nearly 28% for Québec solidaire (QS), nearly 18% for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and nearly 9% for the Parti Québécois (PQ).

QS recently affirmed that it would make every effort to elect its candidate, lawyer Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, who has already started campaigning.

Mr. Tanguay fired an arrow at the party of Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, accusing him of holding double talk on the defense of rights and freedoms. QS voted in favor of Law 96 intended to strengthen the protection of French, he recalled.

To protect itself from legal challenges, Law 96 includes a provision of waiver that applies to the entire statute, as was the case with the State Secularism Act, also known as Bill 21.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has indicated his intention to go to the Supreme Court to further regulate the use of the notwithstanding clause.

There is no reason to be surprised by this intention of the federal government, says Marc Tanguay, for whom the government of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) uses the notwithstanding provision excessively and unreasonable.

The Liberal leader criticizes François Legault for using it preventively, for all articles [of the law], even before there has been a debate.

Marc Tanguay, however, refuses to conclude that he sides de facto with Justin Trudeau in this case: In terms of rights and freedoms, there has always been a rebalancing of our courts.

Simon Jolin-Barrette is the father of Bill 96 and outgoing minister responsible for the French language.

And the Liberal leader goes on to shoot an arrow at his very, very good friend [Minister of Justice] Simon Jolin-Barrette, who has a way of doing politics that is not mine.

For Mr. Tanguay, it is inconceivable that, to legislate, the Minister of Justice used the notwithstanding clause to advance Bill 96, which became the Act respecting the official and common language of Quebec.

Certainly, it is important to advance this important objective of the development of French, recognizes Marc Tanguay. But we can do it without reducing all the rights and freedoms of all Quebecers. In this regard, Messrs. Legault and Jolin-Barrette think the same, he says.

In the same breath, the interim leader of the PLQ accuses Simon Jolin-Barrette of having engaged in a standoff with the chief judge of the Court of Quebec, Lucie Rondeau.

“I can't imagine a Minister of Justice bickering with the Chief Justice of the Court of Quebec.

—Marc Tanguay, interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec

In this dispute, which concerns the reorganization of the work of judges, Quebec and Justice Rondeau have agreed to rely on a facilitator, who was appointed a few days ago.

In addition to having to sharpen its weapons for parliamentary work, the Quebec Liberal Party must also prepare for a possible leadership race.

During the election of On October 3, the PLQ won 14% of the vote, less than Québec solidaire and the Parti québécois taken individually. Marc Tanguay acknowledges that his party has only two deputies in the region and quotes on this subject the ridings of Pontiac and Montérégie [La Pinière, which includes the city of Brossard, editor's note].

However, Mr. Tanguay assures that for the moment, this leadership race that is looming on the horizon is not monopolizing discussions within his caucus. His troops, he promises, will pursue the Legault government constructively and propose solutions to the problems that concern the Quebec population.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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