Legault's 'pragmatism' serves to 'justify his resignation', says Nadeau-Dubois | Elections Quebec 2022
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois a held a press conference with the candidate of Québec solidaire in Lotbinière-Frontenac, Christine Gilbert.
The parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, who recently suggested that the current election campaign was now a two-way race between his party and the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), also claims to be “pragmatic”, but having a different definition from that of his rival François Legault.
Mr. Nadeau-Dubois described his approach as he unveiled his plan to halve food waste by 2030, Monday morning, at a press conference in Quebec.
CAQ leader François Legault has been saying for years that his political training is pragmatic and not dogmatic, ideological or extremist.
No one owns pragmatism. It's just that we have different definitions of it sometimes, launched the co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire.
What is your definition of pragmatism?, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois was asked. This means making sure that we take the means to achieve our objectives. We believe that it is possible in Quebec to reduce mass food waste by concentrating our efforts where necessary. […] This is where we work. This is where our law will apply, he replied.
He compared his approach with that of his opponent. François Legault often uses the word pragmatic to justify his resignation. For him, being pragmatic often means: “we already do enough”, he stressed.
“Pragmatism is making sure we take the right steps to achieve our goals. Building the third link by pretending to fight against climate change is the opposite of pragmatism. It’s making decisions that will make the problem worse.
— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire
The CAQ and QS have been engaged in a war of words and leaflets for the past few days, whether it is about the orange tax decried by Mr. Legault or by repeated calls from those in solidarity with young people to change the location. their domicile with the DGEQ to vote strategically in another constituency.
About this last aspect, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois defended himself from taking advantage of loopholes in the law and said to respect the rules in force.
The law is clear. People, young or not young, have the right to change their address to ensure that on the electoral list, they are registered in the place where they have their domicile. […] That is to say in the constituency where they have their domicile, he said.
“We, what we remind people is that they have this possibility. It is legal. The Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec has never put us in violation of the law. »
— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire
On the other hand, he accused the CAQ of deploying a lot of energy to curb the youth vote. What I see is the staff of the CAQ who are working very hard to put a spoke in the wheels of Québec solidaire to ensure that young people do not vote where they live, he said. -He denounces.
The CAQ distributed leaflets entitled “The Orange Tax” in which it attacks the economic proposals of Québec solidaire.
The solidarity leader did not seem unduly worried about the CAQ offensive concerning the distribution of leaflets on the orange tax. He derided this strategy.
The CAQ activists who walk around the neighborhoods at night to put leaflets on people's windshields, I find that, honestly, rather funny. I don't think that's the kind of politics that will appeal to Quebecers, he opined.
The solidarity leader was questioned about the thirty invitations to participate in local debates which have been declined by CAQ candidates since the start of the campaign.
“I don't know why François Legault prevents or asks its candidates not to go and debate. »
— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, solidarity leader
He finds it unfortunate that voters can't hear aspiring MPs debate issues that matter to them.
Is he afraid of what they're going to say? Is he embarrassed by his candidates? How is it that we cannot hear the deputies and the CAQ candidates in the debates? I think that's important in a democracy, he said.
Are you worried that he controls the message so much? The question should be put to him. Me, I find it a shame, I find it flat. We are in an election campaign. That's what a campaign is for, he replied.
In the afternoon, François Legault was asked why his candidates were shunning the debates, that he dealing with health, employment, seniors, social justice or the environment.
Are you afraid of putting yourself at risk? Since the beginning of the campaign, we have participated in 115 debates. The CAQ participated in 115 debates. I think we also have a duty to be on the ground to discuss with the population, he replied.
Québec solidaire spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, presented its plan to reduce food waste in the province.
Québec solidaire had invited the media to announce its intention to tackle food waste at the source if it forms the next government. The party promises to introduce a law to prevent large food organizations from throwing away unsold edible food.
They should therefore transfer their unsold food to organizations that will redistribute it or to upgrading companies as part of agreements between the parties, according to the press release issued Monday morning.
The training targets supermarkets, restaurant chains, hotel chains, large processors and large distributors, whose turnover reaches 100 million dollars, as well as public institutions.
We will adopt a responsible and pragmatic attitude: we will give them two years to comply. I'll be very clear: the small corner restaurant, the independent grocery store or the village snack bar will not be affected by our measure, said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
The plan aims to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. In November 2020, the outgoing MP for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, Émilise Lessard-Therrien, tabled a bill that aimed to achieve the same objective of x27;by 2025.
According to the political formation, 15% of the food sold is wasted while it is still edible. Approximately 1.2 million tonnes of food are thrown away each year in the province.