The PCQ wants to participate in the negotiations on the recognition of parties

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The PCQ wants to participate in negotiations on party recognition

The leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec, Éric Duhaime, was unable to enter the National Assembly during the most recent general election.

The leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ), Éric Duhaime, has written to his counterparts from the main political parties asking them to include his political party in future discussions on the recognition of parties that did not reach the threshold of 20% of the votes, or 12 deputies, in the last ballot.

In the missive addressed to Prime Minister (and leader of the Coalition avenir Québec) François Legault, Liberal leader Dominique Anglade, solidarity co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, Mr. Duhaime reiterates that the PCQ received more than 530,000 votes in the most recent general election, or about 13% of the votes, but did not elect any MPs.

The Conservative leader believes that it is now necessary to rise above the fray to maintain public confidence in Quebec institutions.

Mr. Duhaime also believes that marginalizing his political party – by denying it some form of recognition in the National Assembly – would have disastrous effects on voter turnout.

It would be absurd for the discussion on whether or not rights will be granted to the Conservative Party of Quebec to take place without our being able to intervene, without our even being able to be present, he adds.

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For its part, the Parti Québécois (PQ) asked earlier this month that the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) respect its sense of duty and agree to that the PQ and Québec solidaire (QS) obtain official party status, which would give them access to additional resources.

According to PQ MP Pascal Bérubé, forcing the 11 solidarity MNAs and the three PQ members to sit as independents would risk paralyzing the National Assembly.

Both QS (15.43%) and the PQ (14.61%) obtained a greater proportion of the votes than the PLQ (14.37%), but the concentration regional Liberal votes allowed this party to elect 21 deputies, almost entirely in the west of the metropolitan area.

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