Positions firmly defended during the regional debate of Radio-Canada | Elections Quebec 2022
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The regional debate on Radio-Canada was moderated by Lise Millette.
Pierre Dufour and Émilise Lessard-Therrien had to defend their respective results during the regional debate organized by Radio-Canada on Monday evening, bringing together one representative from each of the five main political parties.
The first theme discussed was that of social issues, such as the housing shortage and the fight against poverty. After presenting the position of each of their parties, the candidates were able to question or criticize the opponent of their choice.
The following themes, namely the environment, the economy and health were also debated using this formula.
Seeking a second term, Émilise Lessard-Therrien had to defend its record of the past four years.
Outgoing MP and Minister Pierre Dufour sent the first arrow to Émilise Lessard-Therrien, outgoing MP for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, on the Québec Solidaire (QS) housing plan.
The party pledged at the start of the campaign to build 1,100 social housing units in the region if it comes to power on October 3.
Where do you take promoters, investors and contractors in the situation of employability that we currently know in the construction industry?, launched Mr. Dufour, recalling the many delays incurred in social housing projects already started.
We take them in the same place as you took them for the construction of your seniors' homes, retorted the solidarity candidate.
The Liberal candidate for Abitibi-Est, Jean-Maurice Matte, engaged in some tough exchanges.
Émilise Lessard- Therrien was also torn by the Liberal candidate in Abitibi-Est, Jean-Maurice Matte, on QS's environmental commitments, in particular that of taxing more gasoline-powered vehicles whose pollutant emissions are considered too high.
This proposal is not at all suited to the region. Our pickupor our mountain bike is not always for work, but also for leisure. Your leader has already said that the regions will decide. Are we going to have this surcharge in the region, yes or no?, he sent.
Insofar as we need these vehicles- there to travel on our roads and in our ranks, no, said Ms. Lessard-Therrien.
The candidate for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in Abitibi-Est had to defend the results of his last mandate on numerous occasions. He was directly targeted 14 times by his opponents. Ms. Lessard-Therrien has also had to face criticism, having been targeted four times.
Liberal Jean-Maurice Matte has had to repel two attacks, while Robert Daigle, candidate for the Conservative Party of Quebec in Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, was targeted only once.
The PQ candidate in Rouyn-Noranda—Témiscamingue, Jean-François Vachon, severely criticized the CAQ's record on immigration.
Jean-François Vachon, PQ candidate in the same riding, was not directly targeted during the debate periods.
The many criticisms of Mr. Dufour have sometimes given rise to some heated exchanges, almost exclusively involving his Liberal opponent.
The outgoing deputy was questioned in particular by Mr. Matte about a possible visit by François Legault to Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
I understand that you would like to have my boss's schedule, but I think you should take care of Mrs. Anglade who will be in Nunavut soon, he told her, in an amused tone.
That's a bit arrogant. You speak with a lot of arrogance, Mr. Dufour, replied Jean-Maurice Matte. Don't go that line. I think you are very well endowed to be able to speak of arrogance, Pierre Dufour then retorted to him.
It is important to emphasize that apart from a few more emotional debates, the candidates generally shared their positions in a respectful and cordial manner.
Outgoing MP Pierre Dufour has faced numerous attacks from his opponents.
The CAQ candidate, Pierre Dufour, also allowed himself to admit that certain measures introduced by the last government needed to be reviewed, such as the CoreFlex schedules for ambulance drivers.
These schedules, implemented last June, were strongly criticized by the Abitibi-Témiscamingue (CSN) paramedics' union.
This is not the best structure for areas like Senneterre and Malartic. For our region, this may not be the best solution. It was a test, but I think that this measure will have to be revised, underlined Mr. Dufour.
In turn, the Liberal candidate went there with a direct attack directed at the two outgoing MPs present during the debate, Ms. Lessard-Therrien and Mr. Dufour.
For four years , we saw you invective in the National Assembly, yelling nonsense at you. That was two out of 125 deputies, who represented Abitibi-Témiscamingue, but who were much more concerned with defending their ego and their party, sent Jean-Maurice Matte.
This remark provoked strong reactions from QS and the CAQ.
I'm a little disappointed to hear Mr. Matte tell me that I was preoccupied with my ego. I often got up for the emergency in Senneterre. That's what a member of the National Assembly is for, remarked Émilise Lessard-Therrien.
It's possible that we have differences of opinion, but I can tell you that it's always been a pleasure to offer to drive her home with the service car. We were able to work together and rub shoulders, then launched Pierre Dufour.
Jean-François Vachon, representative of the Parti Québécois (PQ) in the debate, took the opportunity to recall that, according to him, the independence of Quebec would manage to improve the situation of Abitibi-Témiscamingue on several aspects.
< p class="e-p">During an exchange with Mr. Dufour, the PQ candidate did not hesitate to recall the importance he attaches to the resumption of control of certain infrastructures by the Government of Quebec, while emphasizing the importance of diversifying the region's economy.
The problem is that we always have to do everything to see the product go to Montreal. We need to develop secondary and tertiary processing to support the development of our region. For example, with the independence of Quebec, we could develop our railways and ensure that these projects develop here, he argued.
Robert Daigle, Conservative candidate in Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, also made several attacks on Pierre Dufour.
The Conservative Robert Daigle was also able to assert his party's positions, particularly on the environmental front.
I think that developing natural gas and hydrocarbons responsibly could be a short-term solution to help our neighbors to the south, among others. The environment will always be a priority, but it is important to give ourselves the means to protect it, he explained.