Parliamentary recognition: PQ feels aggrieved and unfairly treated

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Parliamentary recognition  : the PQ feels aggrieved and unfairly treated

Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon

The PQ opposition in the National Assembly feels aggrieved because it has failed to obtain the parliamentary recognition desired and, according to her, deserved.

The negotiations undertaken with the three other parties represented in the National Assembly in order to define this recognition have not yielded satisfactory results so far, which makes the three elected PQ members fear the worst. on October 3.

As of Thursday, there was no deal contemplated. An offer, deemed unacceptable, was made on Wednesday evening and no new meeting is scheduled for the moment.

They want to give us crumbs, nothing more , railed the PQ MP for the Magdalen Islands, Joël Arseneau, in a telephone interview Thursday.

For an opposition party, official recognition is a fundamental issue. It has a direct impact on the funding granted to the parliamentary group and on the speaking time available so that it can assert itself in the House, particularly during question period.

Normally, to obtain full recognition, the regulations provide that a parliamentary group must have elected at least 12 deputies or obtained 20% of the vote. In principle, the other parties say they want to make things easier for the PQ, even if it does not qualify, but the formula remains to be found.

The PQ, which does not x27;elected only three MNAs, nevertheless won 14.6% of the popular vote and edged out the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), which forms the official opposition with 14.3% of the vote and 21 deputies (now 19).

According to Mr. Arseneau, the proposal presented Wednesday by the leader of the government, Simon Jolin-Barrette, only accentuates the distortion observed during the analysis of the results of October 3.

The PQ wanted to have a minimum annual operating budget of $800,000. But if nothing moves, he will have to settle for $495,000.

As for speaking rights, the leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, could only ask one one question per week. There would be no parliamentary leader and the PQ team would not be represented in the Office of the National Assembly (BAN), the entity responsible in particular for settling disputes.

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The PQ is being offered false recognition, denounces Mr. Arseneau, who is demanding at least an additional $300,000 to ensure the proper functioning of the third opposition party.

< p class="e-p">If the proposed model is adopted, the speaking time reserved for each opposition party would be divided as follows: for each cycle of 100 questions, the Liberal opposition could ask 70, Quebec solidarity 25 and the PQ only 5.

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