Offensive, Legault targets Nadeau-Dubois but ignores Anglade | Elections Quebec 2022

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Offensive, Legault target Nadeau-Dubois but ignore Anglade | Élections Québec 2022

Thursday evening's oratorical contest gave rise to a muscular but disciplined debate on the set of Patrice Roy.

François Legault had obviously chosen Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois as his main opponent on Thursday night.

François Legault had promised smiles, but there weren't many. The leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and outgoing Prime Minister released his claws Thursday evening by attacking first and foremost the spokesperson for Québec solidaire (QS), Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois .

The least we can say is that the atmosphere on the set of Radio-Canada was very different from that which reigned on that of TVA last week. If the exchanges were just as strong, the leaders were much more disciplined, which made it possible to better understand the positions of the belligerents.

The leaders' debate takes place in the atrium of Radio-Canada.

The first theme of the evening, the environment, gave MM. Legault and Nadeau-Dubois to debate, for example, the need to build new hydroelectric dams or to impose new taxes and levies to finance the ecological transition.

I find it very honorable, the plan of Quebec solidaire, recognized the head of the CAQ. But you live in wonderland, he told his opponent before adding that QS's environmental targets are unrealistic and that the taxes this party is proposing are likely to hurt citizens.


You should put away the Halloween decorations, stop scaring people, retorted Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. According to him, in recent weeks, the CAQ has spread false information regarding the QS platform.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was the main target of François Legault on Thursday evening.

After a truce of only a few minutes, the debate resumed between the two men, still on the theme of the environment, when Mr. Legault criticized his opponent for wanting to impose a tax on polluting vehicles.

The head of the CAQ pointed out that families with three or more children who will be exempt represent only 15% of families and that Mr. Nadeau-Dubois' party remains silent on the regions that will be exempt from said tax.


You accused Mr. Duhaime of shooting the boat while talking about sanitary measures last week, the QS spokesperson replied. But that is exactly what you are doing with the fight against climate change, he added.

The COVID-19 pandemic that marked the last two years of François Legault's term also gave rise to a particularly heated exchange with the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ), Éric Duhaime, whom the incumbent Prime Minister has portrayed as an “agitator”.

The head of the CAQ turned to the former radio host when it came to health to accuse him of having loudly challenged his government's health measures.

Mr. Duhaime, for two years, played the role of an agitator who profited from the suffering of people in Quebec, Mr. Legault said. Frankly, it's irresponsible the way Mr. Duhaime acted. I want Quebecers to know that.

Were you willing to sacrifice twice as many seniors? Three times as many seniors? You have been irresponsible to elders. Irresponsible.

— François Legault, head of the CAQ

Mr. Duhaime, who in turn accused the outgoing premier of being irresponsible with Quebec children, said he was surprised after the debate that Mr. Legault decided to attack him on the crisis. health when it was a question of mental health at that time of the debate.

The head of the CAQ insisted that the conservative leader disqualified himself during the pandemic. He was not in solidarity with Quebec seniors, he repeated in a press scrum after the debate.

Éric Duhaime said he chose to rise above the fray by continuing to talk about mental health on Thursday evening during a particularly tough exchange with François Legault.

Inevitable subject this year: the third link also gave rise to a noisy confrontation between François Legault and Éric Duhaime, the first assuring that a study is underway, the second asking him for details which, despite the combativeness of the conservative leader , were never revealed.

How much does it cost? And who is doing the study? Mr. Duhaime asked repeatedly, but to no avail.

The head of the CAQ did not name the firm concerned, adding that he did not know exactly how much the study would cost. What I do know, however, is that a study is going to be done on a city center to city center tunnel with four lanes, he retorted.

Ignored for much of the debate by the outgoing Prime Minister, the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Dominique Anglade, for her part accused François Legault of having caused a setback for women by not allowing them to return to the labor market due to the lack of places in CPEs.

Stung to the quick by this remark, François Legault was quickly called to order by the leaders of the three other parties, who had to insist that the leader of the CAQ let his vis-à-vis finish.

Moments later, Mr. Legault finally replied that Ms. Anglade liked to say that her government had not treated women fairly. It's the opposite! he insisted before pointing out that he had notably increased the salaries of teachers, educators [and] attendants.

In a scrum, the Liberal leader was widely questioned about her exchange with François Legault. Without wanting to comment too much, she portrayed him as a paternalistic man, which she had done in the past.

I think I took my place, […] I was very combative , said Ms. Anglade at the end of an exercise which effectively allowed her to stand out more easily than during the first debate, in particular on the theme of labor shortages and federalism.

Dominique Anglade was largely ignored by François Legault on Thursday night.

As for the leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, who offered Thursday a performance equivalent to that of the first debate, he notably criticized François Legault for having denied his sovereignist convictions. Your project is to put an end to Quebec's independence project; mine is to relaunch it.

The PQ leader had a plan in mind: to present the sovereignist option as a solution to the many problems facing Quebec. The theme of health allowed him to support some of these arguments.

There is a lack of six billion [dollars] per year in health care in Quebec, he said. spear. François Legault, with his "federalism of gains" in Canada, had promised to pick them up. Justin Trudeau doesn't even move, he doesn't bother, and he replies in 24 hours: "No."

Continuing his momentum, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon said he believed that if we decided our own budgets and made our own decisions, we would not be caught begging […] for such sums majors. The only solution to this is Quebec independence, he added.

This argument did not stir the separatist fiber of François Legault, who brushed it aside. Hounded by the PQ leader, he promised to continue to ask Ottawa for these sums. We have a lot more chance of getting there than having a referendum on sovereignty, he dropped.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon kept a low profile on Thursday evening, but he was particularly pugnacious on issues relating to French and Quebec's ties with the federal government.

However, François Legault was not finished with the question of independence. Later in the debate, the question was put to him: would he vote yes in the event of a new referendum on Quebec sovereignty? Quebecers do not want a referendum, replied the CAQ leader, which made Dominique Anglade react.

He didn't answer the question! she exclaimed before recalling that she considered herself the only openly federalist leader on the set.

Organized by a consortium of media (Radio-Canada , La Presse, Le Devoir, L'actualité, Télé-Québec and CPAC), Thursday's debate took place in the new Maison of Radio-Canada, in Montreal. The game, which lasted two hours, was hosted by host Patrice Roy.

The campaign – which will culminate on Election Day, October 3 – will resume quickly on Friday morning, with most caravans expected to make morning stops.

It's also Friday that it will become possible to slide ballot in the ballot box.

The DGEQ has scheduled eight days for voting this year: in addition to October 3, Quebecers will be able to vote in advance on September 25 and 26 or go at the office of the returning officer in their riding on September 23, 24, 27, 28 and 29.

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