Québec solidaire accuses CAQ candidate Daniel Bernard of violating the Elections Act | Elections Quebec 2022
Québec solidaire accuses CAQ candidate Daniel Bernard of violating the Elections Act.
QS contacted the returning officer in Rouyn-Noranda, Alain Letarte, to file a complaint against the candidate of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) in Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, Daniel Bernard.
This is confirmed by a copy of an email obtained by Radio-Canada on Sunday afternoon. It was sent to Mr. Letarte by Nicole Desgagnés, the official agent of Émilise Lessard-Therrien, solidarity candidate and outgoing MP in Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue.
Québec solidaire accuses Mr. Bernard of having tried to influence voters who voted in advance at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and at the Quality Inn in Rouyn-Noranda, during the day Sunday.
Léonie Bernard-Abel, press secretary for the CAQ candidates in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, confirms that Daniel Bernard was present at the advance polling stations, but assures that he did not made any form of solicitation. Mr. Bernard is said to have shaken hands with friends.
Québec solidaire contacted by voters
Ms. Lessard-Therrien's press attaché, Frédérique Beauchamp, argues that voters present in the polling stations located at UQAT and the Quality Inn contacted the party to report the presence of Daniel Bernard in the field.
He also shared photos sent by them on the Facebook and Twitter networks.
Note that Mr. Beauchamp was not present at the scene. He told Radio-Canada that the voters in question were not directly or indirectly linked to the Québec solidaire campaign.
Frédéric Beauchamp claims that Mr. Bernard spoke with voters about his priorities, including the Horne Foundry file.
Normally, candidates are only allowed to appear at the tables where those responsible for conducting the vote work. The [election] law is clear. Candidates do not have the right to solicit [voters], to shake hands and to name their party and their name , he recalls.
Québec solidaire indicates that it has filed two complaints against Mr. Bernard, one for each of the polling stations. The first request was made over the phone while the second was sent by email to Alain Letarte. It was this last email that Radio-Canada checked.
In Quebec, the Election Act governs the behavior of candidates in polling places. They can show up to vote and attend voting-related activities, but cannot greet voters, approach them, shake hands, or say [their] name or the party for which [they] are running. , according to the information available on the Elections Quebec website.
No solicitation, reiterates the CAQ
Léonie Bernard-Abel defends the candidate Daniel Bernard. To the reproaches of Quebec solidaire, in particular the fact that he would have shaken hands with voters, the press secretary replied that they were friends of Mr. Bernard.
Everyone knows Daniel. He got arrested. He got apostrophized. They talked about travel, summer and rain and shine, but he didn't canvass in any way from a voting point of view, she says.
She recognizes, as Québec solidaire explained to Radio-Canada, that Mr. Bernard's team received a call from returning officer Alain Letarte after his departure from the UQAT.
Daniel Bernard still decided to go to the Quality Inn, believing that he was not breaking the Elections Act.
It is normal to visit the places of voting, adds Ms. Bernard-Abel. What we hear on the ground is how tired people are of Émilise Lessard-Therrien's negative policy […] I understand them for being afraid, and for trying to put obstacles in the way Daniel's way.