Rising stars dream of the National Assembly | Elections Quebec 2022

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Rising stars dream at the National Assembly | &Élections Québec 2022

In each election, political parties bet on inspiring recruits by offering them constituencies that have a good chance of giving them a seat in the National Assembly .

Every election, political parties bank on inspiring recruits by offering them ridings where they have a good chance of winning. Some candidates thus spend a large part of the campaign out of the spotlight, others less so. Here are three people who dream of sitting in the National Assembly.

The scene takes place at the CPE de la Vallée in Piedmont, near Saint-Sauveur, in the Laurentians. The younger children are sleeping peacefully inside while the others are having fun outside on a beautiful fall day. A woman who has often been seen on screen during the pandemic meets with the management of the CPE to discuss the pressing needs for new places.

The CPE, c& #x27;is extremely important, explains the former CEO of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and CAQ candidate in Prévost, Sonia Bélanger.

The former CEO of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, Sonia Bélanger, is now a CAQ candidate in Prévost, in the Laurentians.

We are in one of the ridings in Quebec that has experienced the greatest population growth in the last ten years and in particular in the last two years of the pandemic. And we see it, lots of young families, and also retirees, are coming to settle in the constituency, but the public services have not necessarily followed.

The candidate recalls that the CAQ has created thousands of places in CPE and plans to continue this momentum in a future mandate.

The significant population increase also has an impact on health services.

There is work to be done to increase the number of doctors, to increase the number of FMGs, to modernize infrastructures, hospitals, in particular Saint-Jérôme, Saint-Eustache and Mont-Laurier, she said.

Does the trained nurse see herself eventually at the head of the health network after more than 40 years in the field? No, I'm not interested in being Minister of Health, she says. Mr. Dubé [the outgoing minister] is doing an excellent job.

We vote Liberal from generation to generation, launches a young woman, opening the door to Fred Beauchemin in the borough of LaSalle in Montreal. It has always been like this and it will continue to be like this. Once a liberal, forever a liberal.

The welcome to Marguerite-Bourgeoys' candidate is not as warm at every door on rue Giguère, but the people who respond are often party-friendly. After all, the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys, which corresponds to the boundaries of the borough, has been held by the Liberals since its founding in 1966.

Door-to-door for Fred Beauchemin, the Liberal Party candidate for the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys, in the West Island of Montreal.

The former Head of Quebec Capital Markets for Scotiabank is part of the Liberal Party's new economic team. He is trying again to be elected MP after failing as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate in Terrebonne in 2019. The 57-year-old retiree admits having no personal financial worries after a long career in banking.

Life has smiled on me amply, he says, so that I can now help people without monetary consideration. He specifies that he accepted in a second the party's offer to represent Marguerite-Bourgeoys, a constituency made available by the departure of Hélène David, who had easily won with 53% of the vote in 2018.

Fred Beauchemin does not have a financial problem, but he fears that the youngest will experience it if the CAQ or other parties decide to reduce or stop payments to the Generations Fund.

The demographic curve being what it is, our young people are going to have so much to pay later than when it's their turn to pay taxes , the Generations Fund will help them at that time, he believes.

He assures us that the Fund is also advantageous for all Quebecers: It lowers our debt profile, the credit agencies give us a better credit rating, the cost of financing Quebec debt is lower than the cost of financing Ontario's debt.

Alejandra Zaga Mendez is full of support by approaching people on Wellington Street in French, English or Spanish.

It's an extremely lively street, she describes, all the communities of Verdun gather there, we have all the types of small local businesses of which we are proud.

The Québec solidaire candidate now lives in Verdun, but arrived with her family from Peru in 2003 to settle in the borough of Montréal-Nord. The Fredy Villenueva affair in 2008 marked his adolescence.

Alejandra Zaga Mendez, candidate for Québec solidaire, on rue Wellington in the riding of Verdun

That's where I met Amir Khadir, she said in recalling that the former member of Québec solidaire had then explained how political commitment made it possible to channel frustration towards injustices. It immediately lit something in me.

The longtime activist became involved in the party to the point of becoming its president last year. With a doctorate in sustainable development and conservation from the University of Quebec, she defends the party's positions on the environment, but the living conditions of the population of Verdun particularly caught her attention during the campaign.

In L'Île-des-Soeurs, where it is believed that everyone earns half a million or more, there are 500 people a month registered in food banks, underlines the candidate. Not only new arrivals, but also people born here are lining up to arrive at the end of the month. Injustice revolts me, it pushes me to get up in the morning, it really motivates me to go to the National Assembly, then stand up against any policy that will forget or deny the housing crisis and the cost of living crisis.

About thirty of the 125 outgoing deputies of the National Assembly in 2022 do not stand for re-election and thus open the way to a new elected representative. This is the highest proportion of departures since 1994, which could significantly change the family portrait, all political parties combined.

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