PQ candidates in Eastern Quebec are on the attack for the provincial elections

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PQ candidates in Eastern Quebec are on the attack for the provincial elections

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The five Parti Québécois (PQ) candidates in Eastern Quebec are convinced that they will be able to keep or win their riding in the next election.

The five Parti Québécois (PQ) candidates from the ridings of Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine met in Matane on Thursday morning to take stock of electoral preparations for the provincial elections. They are all confident of keeping or winning their constituencies this fall.

The PQ team in Est-du-Québec, made up of three outgoing deputies and two new candidates, ensures that it will be present on the ground in the coming weeks to promote the ideas of the party .

“This is a bit of a first step in our campaigns, which have already begun. We are already very present.

— Pascal Bérubé, PQ MP for Matane-Matapédia

Pascal Bérubé believes that the five candidates have a good chance of winning their constituency (archives).

Although there are only seven MPs left who wear the colors of the Parti Québécois in the National Assembly, the five candidates believe that the party still has a place there.

Pascal Bérubé recalls that the PQ has fought several battles in recent years and made several gains.

“When I look at the work we have In fact, it is not the number of seats that is important, it is the relevance of the interventions. »

— Pascal Bérubé, PQ MP for Matane-Matapédia

When I look at what Méganne Perry Mélançon has done for the ban on hydrocarbons in the territory, it is a gain that we owe to her. When I look at the travel costs in the field of health mentioned by Joël Arseneau, it is a gain that we have obtained, he says.

For the deputy des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, even if there is still a lot of work to be done in relation to places in CPEs, the housing crisis and economic development, it is clear that the PQ has contributed , over the years, to move these issues forward.

“The point of view of the people of Gaspésie and the Îles-de-la-Madeleine has been strongly and worthily supported by the deputies here and it must continue. »

— Joël Arseneau, Parti Québécois MP for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine

The candidate and incumbent deputy of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, reiterates the importance of having deputies in the opposition (archives).

What would it be happened in the case of hydrocarbons, daycare services, health or the housing crisis if we had not hounded the government and proposed action? […] Among backbench MPs, it’s a cricket sound. They don't have the right to speak, he says.

He maintains that one of the strengths of the party is that it has not been afraid to speak out loud and clear on behalf of the citizens to demand change and better respond to their needs.

Today, the party founded by René Lévesque is still very present in Eastern Quebec, but elsewhere in the province, it has almost disappeared from the map.

The PQ candidates know that the other parties want to make gains in the region, which is why they are rolling up their sleeves for the next election.

“I have the impression that the CAQ could take up a well-known fable, the Grasshopper and the Ant. I'll let you guess who we are… the ants. »

— Pascal Bérubé, PQ MP for Matane-Matapédia

The CAQ wants all the seats and would like there to be no opposition. They have set the bar very high, they can only disappoint. We, the seats, won them because the citizens of our regions recognize themselves in our values, our projects, our authenticity and in the adversity that this sometimes represents. We do it out of conviction, he continues.

The Parti Québécois has a strong presence in the ridings of Eastern Quebec.

Political scientist Frédéric Bérard thinks other parties, including the Coalition avenir Quebec (CAQ), want to take advantage of a weaker PQ to gain ground.

In this At the moment, the CAQ had very important aims, particularly in the East. His goal is to wipe the PQ off the map, he explains.

“François Legault wants to get all the PQ counties. […] One of his great wishes, very clearly, is to ensure that the PQ no longer exists. »

— Frédéric Bérard, political scientist and doctor of constitutional law

Frédéric Bérard does not see what more the Parti Québécois could do to avoid defeat in the next election (archives).

He believes that it will not be easy for the PQ candidates to break into this particularly overloaded electoral market this fall.

There are good candidates, but unfortunately , there is nothing for them to do in the sense that it is not at this level that it will play out. Even if the population likes its PQ MPs […], it will play on the level of the leaders, the ideology and the relevance of the party, affirms Mr. Bérard.

According to him, the efforts of the candidates on the ground will thus yield few results.

The impact of a deputy on his riding, that counts in the region for 10 to 20 % max. Pascal Bérubé is obviously a special case. […] It risks being the only deputy if the projections are confirmed, mentions Frédéric Bérard.

In the coming weeks, the identity of a candidate in the county of René-Lévesque, on the North Shore, will be unveiled. As for the county of Duplessis, the PQ candidate has not yet been found.

With information from Jean-François Deschênes

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