The Gaspé Liberals reconsider their defeat | Elections Quebec 2022

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The Gaspésian Liberals look back on their defeat | &Élections Québec 2022

Liberal candidates from Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bonaventure and Gaspé Gil Thériault, Christian Cyr and Michel Marin (file photo).

The candidates of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) in the ridings of Gaspé, Bonaventure and the Magdalen Islands attribute their defeat to a lack of resources on the ground and a lack of communication on the program and the values ​​of their party.

The pandemic has worked, add the three men who had to face a strong gust of wind on Monday which will have swept away almost all their support in the region.

In Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the three PLQ candidates, Gil Thériault (7.25%) in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Michel Marin (6.89%) in Gaspé and Christian Cyr (8 .56%) in Bonaventure all received less than 10% of the vote.

In the ridings of Gaspé and Bonaventure, the candidates even came fourth. Yet in 2018, the candidates of the PLQ had failed to elect two candidates, one in Gaspé and the other in the Islands. In Bonaventure, the candidate came in second with just over a quarter of the votes.

The collapse of the liberal vote was done in the majority of cases in favor of the formation of François Legault.

In this regard, Gaspé is a good example where this transfer was decisive. Caquiste Stéphane Sainte-Croix won over Parti Québécois (PQ) candidate and outgoing MP, Méganne Perry-Melançon, even though the latter garnered more votes than in 2018.

Breakdown of votes by party in the riding of Gaspé – Elections 2018 and 2022

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Elections 2018

2022 Elections

Gap

CAQ

3521

7542

4021

PQ

6003

6832

829

QS

2482

1634

-848

PLQ

5962

1255

-4707

PCQ

0

956

956

Source: Elections Quebec

Candidate of the PLQ defeated in the riding, Michel Marin believes that there was a bonus to the pandemic. He observes that the Prime Minister was able to take advantage of the fact that he was alone on the platform, without opposition, for almost a year and a half.

Having managed the crisis allowed him to come out of it with a favorable bias. It was very unfavorable to the Liberal Party since we are the only other party capable of bringing together the majority of people, comments Michel Marin.

Christian Cyr and Michel Marin, respectively candidates for the Quebec Liberal Party in Bonaventure and Gaspé

< p class="e-p">Entering the race late, Michel Marin indicates that he also lacked time and resources. The task was still big enough to accomplish in a short time. We worked really hard with little organization on the ground. The organization on the ground was deficient.

This organizational problem is also raised by Christian Cyr who appeared in Bonaventure, in particular because of the pandemic. The organization has gone two years without meeting, he says.

The campaign, however, helped to close ranks. We put together a team in Bonaventure County quickly at the beginning of September, then we carried out a very active campaign with a great presence , indicates Mr. Cyr. He believes the Liberal organization is in better shape now than before the start of the election campaign.

On the other hand, he is of the same opinion as Michel Marin: The conclusion of the election was as if drawn in advance, that's what we saw in the results, everywhere in Quebec.

To listen to the exchanges between the three PLQ candidates on the program Bon Pied, bonne heures

For Mr. Cyr, as for Gil Thériault, defeated candidate in the Magdalen Islands, the PLQ remains a great party. The only one, emphasizes Mr. Thériault, who can reach a majority of the electorate.

In his eyes, the other political parties court clienteles that are too specific to meet the interests of all voters.

In retrospect, Gil Thériault thinks that the values ​​of the PLQ were possibly poorly communicated during the campaign, especially among young people, who are more attracted to Québec solidaire.

The PLQ, he says, is a party based on values ​​of equity between all strata of society, on welcoming immigrants and openness to the world. I think what is needed is to communicate to young people that precisely the Liberal Party is a bit like Quebec solidaire, but with the expertise of 155 years and more of pragmatism and federalist , argues Mr. Thériault.

This question of communications is essential, adds Christian Cyr. It's been a long time, he says, that we have been talking about the need to modernize the functioning of the party so that the orientations are synthesized, popularized, then well put in the public square.

Dominique Anglade traveled to the Magdalen Islands during the last weekend of the campaign to support her candidate in the archipelago, Gil Thériault (left).

All three remain fundamentally convinced of the relevance of the program defended by their political formation in recent weeks.

“I prefer to have lost with Ms. Anglade than having won with Mr. Legault. »

— Gil Thériault, defeated PLQ candidate in the Magdalen Islands

Will they be there in four years? Four years is quite a long time, it's a bit difficult to know where I will be, indicates the Madelinot. Michel Marin agrees that it is difficult to say now, but Christian Cyr says he is ready to keep the lighthouse until the next election.

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