Mid-campaign in Quebec: 10 key moments in the rearview mirror | Elections Quebec 2022

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Mid-election campaign in Quebec : 10 key moments in the rearview mirror | Élections Quebec 2022

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Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

Already halfway through, the Quebec election campaign has produced its share of declarations, divisions and promises from all walks of life. Here is a summary of the highlights that emerged in the first half of the race.

On the first day of the election campaign, François Legault challenges Dominique Anglade by designating her with the expression ” this lady” rather than naming her.

Stung to the quick, the liberal leader denounces the lack of respect for her. When you want to elevate the debate, you want to respect your counterparts. To respect your vis-à-vis is to call them by their name, she clarifies in a press conference.

A few hours later, the chief caquist explains having [ tried] not to personalize when a journalist asks him why he refuses to name his opponents.

For the co-spokespersons of QS, Manon Massé and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, the slippage of the chief caquiste is unacceptable. The leader of the PQ, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, for his part, invites all the candidates to show respect for each other.

The first days of the campaign give place at somewhat surreal moments during which François Legault and Dominique Anglade make more than similar announcements, and this, at the same time. Tax cuts, support for seniors aged 70 and over, renovation of dilapidated schools…

Or, the liberal platform has been available in its entirety since June 11th. This is what makes the Liberal leader say that her CAQ rival is “a copier”. And plagiarism is a cause for dismissal, she adds.

On day 3 of the campaign, the tone is therefore set between François Legault and Dominique Anglade.

At eight months pregnant, Liberal candidate Marwah Rizqy is crying out in distress. Threatened with death, worried about her safety when a suspect is arrested and then released under conditions, the outgoing Liberal MP urges the National Assembly of Quebec to set up a panic button to ensure the safety of elected officials. Her political future is at stake, she says.

Her release revives the debate on the protection of political figures and their vulnerability to social networks, vectors of attacks, but also waves of support.

Candidates from all parties are victims of acts of vandalism on their election signs. Liberal Enrico Ciccone's office is broken into. Why such acts? Some criticize the Conservatives for stoking tensions. All party leaders will end up calling for calm.

The luxurious highway infrastructure project to connect Quebec and Lévis, also called the third link, is divisive.

< p class="e-p">Expensive – $6.5 billion for the latest version of the project, a twin-tube tunnel – without an unveiled public study, the project raises questions about its real environmental impact.

In the caquistes ranks, the subject annoys. Unleash me with the GHGs! candidate Bernard Drainville gets carried away in a plea in favor of the tunnel, believing that it will mainly be electric cars that will use it and therefore that its environmental footprint will be reduced.

The CAQ candidate in Lévis, Bernard Drainville, accompanied by outgoing Premier François Legault, at a press briefing.

Also upset against criticism, the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec asks Montreal detractors of the 3rd link to stop “looking down on the people of Quebec and Lévis”. From the top of a tunnel, therefore, since after what seemed like a moment of hesitation about the form the project would take, François Legault confirmed this option.

Against -productive, disappointing, disturbing… The opponents of Québec solidaire have no shortage of adjectives to describe the promise made by the party to impose new taxes on assets and inheritances beyond x27;one million dollars.

In a press briefing, François Legault even waves an orange credit card to denounce what he calls the “orange taxes” of Quebec solidaire, in reference to the color of the logo of the party of Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. Beyond the flamboyant attacks, the solidarity must still, to this day, defend their tax reform, among other things because at the base, it included agricultural land, which has since been rectified.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

For Mr. Nadeau-Dubois, there is no doubt that the league attacks of the other four parties are a common front of the four other political parties to defend the millionaires.

Coincidence of events, the death of Queen Elizabeth II unexpectedly invites itself into the electoral campaign.

If François Legault once again suspends his campaign to assume his role as Prime Minister and order that the flags are lowered, the PQ candidate Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is indignant at this gesture and asks him not to treat the Queen of England as head of the Quebec state or give credibility to a regime illegitimate British colonial in Quebec.

The leader of the Parti Québécois will come back to his remarks shortly after. I agree that I had too spontaneous a reaction and that I chose the wrong moment, but in my mind, at the time, I was speaking to the Government of Quebec.

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Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois

Among the other candidates, the condolences of circumstance evacuate the reflection on the monarchy. François Legault will simply indicate that if he is re-elected prime minister, he does not plan to abolish the role of lieutenant-governor of Quebec who represents the British crown.

The sentence ignites the powder when the subject of immigration is mentioned at the bend of a press conference: Quebecers are peaceful, they do not like chicanery, they do not like extremists, declares François Legault. They don't like violence. We have to make sure we keep it as it is.

The comment makes liberals jump. In the eyes of their leader Dominique Anglade, the outgoing Prime Minister dares to amalgamate between immigration and violence. A battle ensued over the immigration thresholds deemed acceptable by the various parties.

The CAQ and the PCQ would host 50,000; the QLP, 70,000; and Québec solidaire would receive 80,000. As for the PQ, it wants to reduce the thresholds to 35,000 immigrants per year for the sake of linguistic protectionism.

Before ricocheting among the candidates in the running, the expression emerges from the discourse victory for Pierre Poilievre. The newly elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (PCC) flatters Quebeckers who defend their heritage, their culture and their language without apologizing. The Quebec nation stands up to wokism.

The word is out, which rebounds in the various camps, but above all serves as a perch for Quebec conservatives.

Éric Duhaime seizes it to associate it with leftism and positive discrimination , this propensity to put differences forward, […] to divide society according to our differences, according to him.

Within the other parties, caution is in order. All, more or less, refuse to embark on a definition of wokism, a word that includes everything and nothing (Paul St-Pierre Plamondon), fashionable in certain circles to disqualify people (Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois). Liberal leader Dominique Anglade dodges the definition exercise to focus on her political message: labels divide Quebecers.

Administrative phobia? Simply forgetting? Mr. Duhaime must explain a debt of more than $14,000 that he contracted with the City of Quebec for non-payment of municipal taxes.

Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

He makes amends by paying the sum, but explains that it was up to the tenant to pay the amount… an unusual agreement, to say the least, which he presents as helping to help out a friend in trouble.

In the aftermath, other debts revealed in the media arise: non-payment of thousands of dollars in school taxes and for which a bailiff has been seized, Hydro-Québec bills formerly overdue…

The calculation of Quebec's public debt is quite complex. Probably we did it too fast.

The admission of the campaign chairman of the Liberal Party of Quebec and former Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, is of a rather disarming sincerity.

In the third week of the electoral marathon, Mr. Leitão must explain miscalculations in his financial framework. An oversight led the QLP to underestimate by $12 billion the debt it would leave at the end of a mandate, if elected.

Moreover, the Liberals had chosen not to include expenses related to the management of the pandemic in their budget forecasts. Result: the party underestimated the gross debt of the province by approximately 16.3 billion.

Difficult observation for a party which wishes to be recognized as that of the x27;economy.

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