The closing of the offices of Émilise Lessard-Therrien is causing a stir | Elections Quebec 2022

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The closing of the offices ofÉmilise Lessard-Therrien is causing a stir | &Elections Québec 2022

The entrance to the offices of Émilise Lessard-Therrien in Rouyn-Noranda.

The Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) denounces the closure of the constituency offices of Rouyn-Noranda/Témiscamingue MP, Émilise Lessard-Therrien, during the election campaign.

The outgoing solidarity MP ensures that services to citizens are still offered, but differently.

At Émilise Lessard-Therrien's constituency office in Rouyn-Noranda, a sign on the door welcomes visitors, indicating that team members are currently working from home.

The note on the door of Émilise Lessard-Therrien's office.

A few days ago, this same poster rather indicated that the offices were closed.

This is unheard of!, exclaims the political attaché of the CAQ, Léonie Bernard -Abel, who does not understand that no employee welcomes citizens on site.

Émilise Lessard-Therrien, she maintains that nothing has changed for services to citizens .

It was brought to our attention that this was confusing. What we mean is that we receive citizens by phone, by email, by appointment. The team is remote, but the services are served to the population. We have also settled citizen files in the last two weeks, with issues with Revenu Québec and family reunification, she underlines.

Émilise Lessard-Therrien, outgoing MP for Rouyn-Noranda/Témiscamingue. (Archives)

“The service for citizens has not changed. I invite opponents to promote ideas rather than provoke non-issues of this nature. »

— Émilise Lessard-Therrien, outgoing MP for Rouyn-Noranda/Témiscamingue

His office usually has three employees paid by the National Assembly. Ms. Lessard-Therrien explains that she initially intended to reduce the hours of some employees due to the reduction in duties during the campaign, but that she did not want a reduction in the number of hours to occur. translates into lower compensation paid to employees in the event of defeat.

Some employees are therefore assigned to the election campaign, but they are paid by the party, she says. There is no public money that is used in a partisan way, indicates the outgoing MP. The members of my electoral team are paid by the association of Quebec Solidaire in Rouyn-Noranda/Témiscamingue.

The entrance to the building where Émilise Lessard-Therrien's offices are located.

Émilise Lessard-Therrien adds that she answers citizens personally who have needs.

“I'm the one who answers all emails and on the Messenger box, where most of our citizen files go. When I have issues with my schedule, I have support from my election team members,” she says.

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