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Solidarity MP Ruba Ghazal wants to “block the road to the extreme right” in France

Photo: Karoline Boucher The Canadian Press Quebec Solidaire MP Ruba Ghazal during a press conference at the National Assembly on February 15 in Quebec

Thomas Laberge – The Canadian Press in Quebec

Posted at 4:54 p.m.

  • Quebec

Wanting to “block the road to the extreme right” in France, Mercier's solidarity MP, Ruba Ghazal, decided to campaign for the New Popular Front and encourage the French in Quebec to vote for the coalition of left-wing parties.

“I can't just sit back and see that in another country it's the far right that's going to take power “, she said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

On the social network Does this activity not go against his work as an elected official ?

“My priority, as a member of Parliament in Quebec, is to do my job here. I do this 99.9% of the time, but faced with this historic situation where the extreme right could be elected in France, I tell myself that there is an opportunity to block the way for this extreme right. indicates the supportive MP, adding that it is “dangerous for democracy, the rights of minorities and certain very important values ​​of the Western world”.

The New Popular Front is a coalition of several French left-wing parties. We find there in particular the Socialist Party, La France insoumise and Les Écologists. It is Osama Laraichi who is the candidate for this front in North America.

Ruba Ghazal assures that she has not become a spokesperson for these different political groups.

“It is not about associating or agreeing with every position these parties take. That's not it at all. […] Surely there are elements with which I will not agree,” she indicated.

On June 9, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, took everyone by surprise by announcing the calling of early legislative elections, after disappointing results for his party in the European elections against the National Front, the far-right party of Marine Le Pen. The latter is also in the lead in voting intentions, according to French polls.

“The rise of the extreme right all over the world has an impact and we can feel it everywhere, even here,” says Ruba Ghazal.

She cites as an example a demonstration against the right to abortion that took place in Quebec City at the beginning of June.

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But one of the major themes of the French far right is the reduction of immigration. The Solidarity MP refuses to draw a parallel with this political position and the way in which the debate is currently raging in Quebec.

“I don’t characterize the way the immigration debate is being done as a far-right debate. There are very important disagreements on immigration, on how we should manage it, on the reception we give. These debates take place in a healthy and peaceful manner,” assures the supportive MP, adding that there are no far-right parties in the National Assembly of Quebec.

The first round of the French legislative elections will take place on June 30 and the second round on July 7. The French National Assembly has 577 elected representatives.

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