According to PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, the current decree, signed in 2016, is insufficient to recognize the special status of the archipelago (archives).
If elected on October 3, the Parti Québécois (PQ) will pass legislation to recognize the special status of the Magdalen Islands. This is what its leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, promises, passing through the archipelago this weekend.
The PQ leader shared this commitment to ensure that the Madelinot context, which has no common measure with that of other regions of Quebec, is taken into account during the development and implementation of public policies, explains the party in a press release.
With such a law, a PQ government would absorb, for example, all of the additional costs that access to certain services in the archipelago entails due to its geographical remoteness.
If we don't take into account the insularity, it's unfair, it's too expensive, and we, the Parti Québécois think that the Îles-de-la-Madeleine should have a fair status, says Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.
Paul St-Pierre Plamondon with Madelinot PQ MP Joël Arseneau (archives)< /p>
The PQ MP for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, agrees. The costs of materials are higher, geography, supplies, energy, biodiversity … Everything is extraordinary, and this has impacts, he lists in a press release, adding that he wants to end it once and for all. for all with this debate.
According to Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, the current decree, signed in 2016, is insufficient to recognize the special status of the archipelago. It's easy to hijack, it's on a case-by-case basis and it's not moving forward, he laments.
The riding of Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the less populous in Quebec, promises to be fiercely contested. The incumbent, Joël Arseneau, will cross swords with the mayor of the Magdalen Islands, Jonathan Lapierre, candidate for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ).
Mr. Lapierre defeated Joël Arseneau in the 2013 municipal elections.
The current director of the Intra-Québec Seal Hunters Association, Gil Thériault, will represent the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) in the riding. Québec solidaire (QS) has recruited former city councilor Jean-Philippe Déraspe, while the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) will be represented by Evan Leblanc.