Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne is “never a foregone conclusion” | Elections Quebec 2022

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Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne is “”never won in advance” | &Elections Québec 2022

Dominique Anglade made appeals to citizens in his electoral office on September 26.

On paper, the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) Dominique Anglade is in a safe place. Since the riding of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne has existed, the PLQ has never lost it. This information, however, hides another: the fights are often close. And this time, Québec solidaire (QS) is sparing no effort to prove history wrong.

Monday afternoon, it was swarming at the electoral office of Dominique Anglade, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, in the Saint-Henri district. About fifteen volunteers made calls to citizens to ensure their support on October 3.

Taking advantage of the second day of advance voting, the leader came to lend a hand. strong. For about thirty minutes, she put on her local candidate's clothes to call voters.

Here, nothing is ever won in advance, admits Antoine Poulin, the organizer of Dominique Anglade's local campaign. It's always very tight and it's the work on the ground that makes the difference, he says.

To his electoral office, Dominique Anglade was happy to see her volunteers again.

The statistics back him up. Since 1994, the Liberals have won Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne four times by less than 10 points. For a long time, the threat was the Parti Québécois (PQ). In 2018, Ms. Anglade won 38% of the vote, or 15 points ahead of QS, who had become her main opponent.

This year, several observers say that the orange machine has gained ground. The left-wing party is counting on a young immigration lawyer, Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, to seduce the voters of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne.

A sign that QS is going all out, co-spokespersons Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Manon Massé have come to lend a hand four times to their local candidate since the start of the campaign, thus breaking an unwritten rule that a leader doesn't campaign on another leader's turf.

We let them campaign. We're doing ours, drop a member of Dominique Anglade's team who knows the constituency like the back of her hand.

“Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Manon Massé came to Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne. It is their choice. We focus on our campaign, period. »

— A member of Dominique Anglade's entourage

Mr. Nadeau-Dubois swears that this strategy has nothing to do with Dominique Anglade. There are now five political parties in Quebec. We will not make a cross on four counties at each [election], he summarizes.

Quebec solidaire candidate in Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne , Guillaume Cliche-Rivard

The Liberal organizer admits times have changed, but says Ms Anglade enjoys an enviable reputation. It is no longer so much membership in the PLQ that motivates the voters of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne. What we hear is more that they love Dominique, she confides.

As leader of the PLQ, the people of the riding have seen her much more at the national level, she says, which would have strengthened their sense of belonging. When we go door to door, we feel a craze.

In the street, the first voter crossed by Radio-Canada offers another version. Alexis Bonnet, a French-born immigrant who will be exercising his right to vote in Quebec for the first time, didn't even know that Ms. Anglade was his local candidate.

He had seen at the leaders' debate last week, he assures us, but without knowing that she was running for the votes in Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne. That explains why I only saw his head on the posters!

Mr. Bonnet has made his choice: he will vote for QS. The performance of the Liberal leader in the televised debate did not convince him.

“I didn't think she was "chef”. His ideas are good, but I also vote for the person. »

— Alexis Bonnet, elector in Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne

What Dominique Anglade represents does affect other voters. This is the case of Judith Trogoz, an Anglophone, daughter of Turkish immigrants, who feels closer to QS ideologically, but who will still vote for the PLQ.

I know she is a daughter of immigrants, explains in French Ms. Trogoz about the Liberal leader. With Ms. Anglade, she adds, Anglophones can have confidence that their rights will not be threatened.

In a riding like Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, where close to 40% of residents most often speak a language other than French at home, it's a safe bet that Ms. Trogoz is not alone in thinking this.

Nicolas Leduc, another voter on Notre-Dame Street West, has nothing really negative to say about the Liberal leader either. He even believes that Mrs. Anglade must fight harder since she is a woman. Pauline Marois did not have it easy either, he underlines.

On the other hand, it is the proposals of the PLQ that do not make him vibrate. It's a bit fuzzy. I find that their message is a little less direct. They try to please everyone, but without pleasing anyone. His choice is made: he will vote for QS.

The PLQ team does not put its head in the sand. There are definitely more cohesive nuclei in some corners of the constituency, admits one organizer.

Unlike her local opponents, Ms. Anglade is also a leader, which forces her to criss-cross Quebec rather than concentrating on his riding. Despite everything, the Liberal leader was convinced on Monday that she was on the right track.

I see that things are going well. People are receptive. The few calls I was able to make, the few meetings I had were very positive. The times we came to the county, it went well, she concluded.

The candidates of the main parties in Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne

  • CAQ: Nicolas Huard-Isabelle
  • PLQ: Dominique Anglade
  • QS: Guillaume Cliche-Rivard
  • PQ: Julie Daubois
  • PCQ: Mischa White

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