The five chefs cross swords one last time at Guy A. Lepage | Elections Quebec 2022

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The five leaders cross swords one last time at Guy A. Lepage | Élections Québec 2022

The leaders of the five main political parties in Quebec were invited to the program Tout le monde en parle on Sunday evening. Pictured: François Legault, Dominique Anglade and Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

The appearance of the leaders of the five main political parties in Quebec on the set of the show Everyone talks about it,Sunday evening, gave rise to sometimes full-bodied exchanges and a few well-felt touches of humor, but also to candidates who at no time departed from their communication plan to convince voters.

Gathered on the set of Everyone talks about it during the last hour of the show, it was the last time that the five chefs François Legault, Dominique Anglade, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, Éric Duhaime and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois had the opportunity to cross swords together before the October 3 election.

Assisted by Mc Gilles who acted as jester for the evening, the host Guy A Lepage had concocted with his team a formula where he addressed specific questions to each candidate in turn, while allowing a right of reply to one of his opponents who would be attacked back when responding.

For less than an hour, the candidates were questioned with humor and biting on various subjects that concern Quebecers and the challenges facing the next government. It was of course a question of economy, environment, transport, French language, sovereignty and freedom of expression.

Unsurprisingly, each of the candidates remained in their comfort zone, reciting as needed lines of communication now well learned after nearly a month of campaigning.

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The leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec Dominique Anglade on the set of the program Tout le monde en parle, Sunday evening.

Questioned from the outset about the prospects of a historic defeat for the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) next week, leader Dominique Anglade assured the host , who asked her if it would not be easier to leave it under another name, like the CAQ, that she intended to remain at the helm of the PLQ no matter what.

Claiming to be a proud liberal, Ms. Anglade explained: The reason I go into politics is not because I think it's easy […] I go because fundamentally I believe in it.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois, whose political party always comes last in terms of voting intentions, for his part declared that his party is not as in danger as one might think, that the internal indicators of are on the rise and another comeback is at hand.

“I think the next poll we're going to have gone up again . We will have joined the other opposition parties.

—Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois

Attacked on several occasions by his adversaries on the environmental file, the outgoing Prime Minister and head of the CAQ, François Legault, lent himself to the exercise by taking the crossfire, taking care to avoid any slippage in a week before the election, he whose party has been leading the polls for months.

The leader of the Coalition avenir Québec François Legault on the set of the show Everyone talks about it, Sunday evening.

As she has done many times since the start of the campaign, Dominique Anglade criticized Mr. Legault for having governed by sowing division among Quebecers and for trying to get re-elected using the same strategy.

Interesting moment, the Liberal leader and her PQ opponent Paul St-Pierre Plamondon got closer for a short time when Mr. Plamondon broached the issue of the ballot box, the one you have to sit in the voting booth before voting.

According to the sovereignist leader, this year will be the following: Should we give absolute powers to François Legault or do we want strong opposition?

Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon on the set of the show Everyone talks about it, Sunday night.

Affirming that he wanted to form a constructive opposition, Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon went on to remind voters and his opponents that to launch attacks, personal insults… young against old, Montreal against Quebec, is not a policy that interests people.

United on the lukewarmness of the Legault government in the face of the climate emergency, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Paul St-Pierre Plamondon have once again lined up behind the same arguments.

Highlighting the commonality of ideas between their respective formations, Guy A. Lepage asked the two leaders if they were not basically their worst enemies in this campaign.

This is a debate that took place in 2018, here we are in 2022, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was content to answer, closing the door to any speculation on a possible alliance with the PQ.

Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois on the set of the program Tout le monde en parle, Sunday evening.

Often attacked by his opponents on the lack of economic realism of his program, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois for his part took advantage of this prime time to announce the launch of a calculator solidarity.

An online tool offered by his party to allow voters to estimate the financial impact that the election of a united government would have on their wallet.

For his part, the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime, has focused his attacks mainly on François Legault, once again challenging him to make public the studies his government has commissioned on the feasibility of the tunnel he plans to build between Lévis and Quebec.

Leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec Éric Duhaime on the set of Tout le monde en parle , Sunday night.

The conservative leader also launched a charge against François Legault accusing him of having insulted him by comparing him to Donald Trump. Claiming that he has nothing in common with the former American president, Éric Duhaime accused the chief caquiste of having soiled him for free and asked him for an apology which he never received.

“Was it really necessary to compare me to Donald Trump? I am not Donald Trump. […] It is not worthy of a head of state.

— Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

François Legault defended himself by pointing out that during the pandemic, Mr. Duhaime was encouraging people to disregard health restrictions, calling government data on public health fake news. An irresponsible attitude for a leader, according to him.

The evening ended with a flurry of questions to which the chefs could only answer yes or no.

We learned that all the candidates would prefer to live in a country without a king. Even the PQ leader will refuse to take the oath if elected.

That all the leaders believe that René Lévesque was the greatest premier in the history of Quebec, except for Dominique Anglade who answered Jean Lesage instead.

All also agreed that French is threatened in Quebec and that English is not.

Finally, Dominique Anglade , Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois have all recognized the existence of systemic racism in Quebec, while François Legault and Éric Duhaime recognize the existence of racism here, but not in a systemic way.

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