NDP Quebec Congress: Party goes into attack mode
Alexandre Boulerice has represented the riding of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie since 2011 and is the only Quebec elected official from the orange wave to still be in office.
Starting this weekend, the New Democratic Party (NDP) will carry out explicit and direct attacks on Steven Guilbeault, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for the Montreal riding of Laurier—Sainte-Marie, whose make it “the priority” to win the seat in the next election.
The former environmental activist has changed a lot since his days climbing the CN Tower in Toronto, NDP Quebec Lieutenant Alexandre Boulerice blasted, portraying an incoherent politician who speaks on both sides of the his mouth to the point of inviting wolves into the fold, in reference to oil industry lobbyists who were scheduled to take part in activities this week at the Canadian pavilion during COP27 in Egypt.
< p class="e-p">Mr. Boulerice, who is the only NDP MP in Quebec, will have his riding neighbor on his mind on Saturday and his leader, Jagmeet Singh, will do the same the next day when they both take the floor during the congress of the Quebec section of the NDP.
The event is being held in Montreal, precisely in the targeted riding, which will mark the beginning of this rebellion. And Alexandre Boulerice's knives were already sharp during an interview with The Canadian Press.
The federal government is still not meeting its greenhouse gas reduction targets, he said. The oil and gas companies are still being subsidized. It adds new grants with tax credits on new carbon capture technologies. It continues Trans Mountain. He signs Bay du Nord, which is a new extraction off the coast of Newfoundland, criticized the member for Rosemont – La-Petite-Patrie.
Mr. Singh too was happy to draw several interview examples of the contrast between what he has done in the past and what he is doing now in power.
The New Democrats believe that the seat of Laurier—Sainte-Marie is within reach. In previous federal elections, Mr. Guilbeault won 38.0% of the vote, against 32.9% for his opponent Nimâ Machouf, who wore the colors of the NDP.
The riding occupied by Steven Guilbeault is “within reach”, according to the Quebec lieutenant of the NDP, Alexandre Boulerice.
This constituency is just the first in a long list of places the Progressive Party intends to focus its efforts. The focus will be on areas where a support base exists, Singh said.
I've toured a lot in Montreal and I continue to receive a great positive reception, he mentioned.
“My goal is to become Prime Minister. And to become the next prime minister, I have to win in Quebec.
—Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the NDP
The New Democrat leader believes his party delivered the goods by securing big victories thanks to the agreement reached with the Liberals. He bragged about forcing Justin Trudeau's government to implement a program to provide free dental care to children under 12 and to include a one-time $500 supplement to dental care. x27;Canadian housing assistance allowance.
I want to show Quebecers that we are here for you, he said. We can do more and we really are the only option if you want to replace Justin Trudeau and you don't like the words of Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre.
The targets are clear and realistic, specified Alexandre Boulerice, who knows well that the minority government can fall if the agreement allowing the Liberals to stay in power is torn up and the government then fails the test of failure. a vote of confidence.
The NDP wants to make gains in the metropolis, particularly in Outremont and Hochelaga, in Sherbrooke where MNA Élisabeth Brière is seen as a weak link, as well as in the ridings in the center of Quebec City.
He notes that his message speaks to 18 to 34 year olds and thus sees fertile ground in areas where universities are located. Young people are hungry for climate justice, for social justice, Boulerice explained. And on these issues, the NDP is really at the front, we are credible, then we have proposals that are interesting, that resonate.
MM. Boulerice and Singh both refused to come forward on a quantified target for seats in Quebec. In the last election, the Liberals won 35, the Bloc 32 and the Conservatives 10. Although the NDP won only one, it still enjoyed 9.8% of the votes. voice.
NDP Quebec Lt. Alexandre Boulerice wants New Democrats to woo busy riding by the current Minister of the Environment, Steven Guilbeault. (Archives)
In 2011, under the leadership of Jack Layton, the party had achieved the best performance in its history, to the point of conquering the official opposition in the House of Commons with its 103 seats, more than half of which were from Quebec.< /p>
New Democrats want to be ready for the next election as soon as possible. The machine is already in motion, we are assured. The party is recruiting volunteers, arranging funding, updating its database.
There is no one who would want a federal election to be called when the government has only been in power for a year, Boulerice noted. He believes his party has time ahead of him, but doesn't know if it will make it to 2025.
I don't have a crystal ball, but it really depends on whether the Liberals fulfill the commitments of the agreement […] If they do not, we pull the "plug'', he let go.