The third parties are active in the shadow of the five main parties | Elections Quebec 2022

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The third parties are active in the shadow of the five main parties | ÉQuebec 2022 elections

In the blind spot of the media, more than twenty small political parties were allowed to stand in the provincial elections. They present 242 candidates, or 27.9% of all the candidates running in the October 3 ballot.

Quebec is divided into 125 ridings. The provincial elections will therefore make it possible to elect the 125 deputies who sit in the National Assembly.

Among the 27 parties authorized to run in Quebec elections, several could be placed under the label of small political parties. Not easy for them to carve out a place for themselves in this large format campaign. Who are they? Who are their leaders? A roundup of policy proposals off the beaten track.

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The leader of the Climat Québec party, Martine Ouellet, was on the North Shore in June 2022.

Climat Québec (54 candidates)

Former leader of the Bloc Québécois, Martine Ouellet founded in 2021 a party dedicated to the fight against climate change. In his eyes, the climate crisis is inseparable from the independence of Quebecers.

It is only by emancipating itself from Canada's stranglehold that the Republic of Quebec will finally be able to embody a real strike force in the face of the climate crisis, she says.

The electoral promises made by some fifty candidates include free public transport for all, the conversion of all buildings to renewable energies, or the imposition of a moratorium on everything agricultural dezoning.

Direct Democracy (28 candidates)

Creation of citizens' committees to issue recommendations, establishment of referendums around bills, Amber alert system for urgent decisions to be made, but also publication of a French Quebec version of the British North America Act, these are some of the proposals made by this formation founded in 2022.

Its leader, Jean Charles Cléroux, managed to present 28 candidates . Following its principles, the party offers exchanges with Internet users on its Facebook page.

Canadian Party of Quebec / Canadian Party of Quebec (20 candidates)< /p>

Founded in 2022 in opposition to Bill 96, it proposes six founding principles, namely respect for fundamental rights, the integrity of the Canadian Constitution, bilingualism, free choice in education, economic prosperity and rapprochement [and] reconciliation.

Its leader Colin Standish is a former English-speaking Liberal supporter in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Accompanied by around twenty candidates, the lawyer intends above all to attract voters unhappy with the Jolin-Barrette language reform.

The leader of the Bloc Montreal, Balarama Holness, visiting his hairdresser “Mikey” Gillespie in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district.

Bloc Montreal – Team Balarama Holness (13 candidates)

After having attempted, in vain, to be elected mayor of Montreal in 2021, Balarama Holness is trying to retrain in provincial politics.

He had risen to third place, behind Valérie Plante and Denis Coderre, with 7.2% of valid votes. This time, he is running himself in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce with a dozen candidates spread mainly in the west of the island of Montreal, Laval and Vaudreuil.

The Anglophone vote is in the crosshairs of Bloc Montreal, which makes systemic racism, equality, inclusion and justice its workhorse.

Georges Tiger, one of the participants in the truckers' demonstration in Ottawa, defends “a analytical, balanced and rational thinking” on his Facebook profile.

Unity is strength (9 candidates)

Unite to End, Power to the People by the People…this party officially registered in 2022 is led by Georges Samman, aka Georges Tiger on Facebook, a leading figure in the trucking movement in Ottawa.

A native of Quebec, the Internet user was accused of fraudulent activities, as reported by the daily La Presse.

According to court documents, he pleaded guilty in 2009 to multiple counts of possessing, using, or trafficking fake credit cards.

Alliance for Family and Communities (2 candidates)

We have reached the point of no return where we must no longer accept that 'a gigantic and uncontrollable model of public administration imposes itself on the family and the communities at its whim, in particular by passing shameful, liberticidal and oppressive laws under our noses like a dictatorship would do, declares this party at the opening of program.

The training led by Alain Rioux unfolds an ideology highlighting the importance of biological families and the use of participatory democracy.

It proposes, among other things, to create a new civil law for the child and his family allowing effective recourses in order to defend himself against the malicious reports which have become commonplace.

Human Party of Quebec (2 candidates)

Also founded in 2022, it presents itself as a movement in favor of more humanity, because something else is possible.

The chef, Marie-Eve Ouellette, filed his candidacy in the riding of Bertrand, in the center of the Laurentians region. Without developing concrete proposals, the party mainly highlights the notions of creativity, benevolence, respect for life, sharing and mutual aid.

Chantale Villeneuve is the candidate of the Libertarian Party of Quebec in Lac-Saint-Jean. She is accompanied by the leader of the party, Charles-Olivier Bolduc.

Libertarian Party of Quebec (1 candidate)

A new formation running in the provincial elections with a single candidate, the Libertarian Party of Quebec has only one candidate, Chantale Villeneuve, for the October 3 elections who will run in the riding of Lac-Saint-Jean.

The program drafted by Charles-Olivier Bolduc proposes, pell-mell, a referendum on the secession of Quebec, the tripling of the salaries of senior civil servants, the destruction of government buildings (including parliament with the laying of slabs on the ground so that ;no form of life can even grow on these places), or even the restoration of the death penalty.

National Union (1 candidate)

Led by Jonathan Blanchette, this new party was born in the middle of the 2nd wave of COVID-19, at a time when health restrictions were tightened.

This party precisely proposes the abolition of dictatorial constraints, health abuses, illegal decrees, measures that destroy our local economy and small and medium-sized businesses.

It also defends the idea of ​​direct democracy with the participation of citizens in the decision-making process, thanks to modern technologies.

Property and Equity Access Party (1 candidate)

Under the x27;acronym PAPE, this confidential formation born in 2021 proposes to make access to home ownership a priority in the same way as health and education.

In her program supported by a single candidate, she imagines neighborhoods without massive concreting that facilitate walking and interpersonal relationships, […] an antidote to mental health problems.

Leader of the Green Party of Quebec, Alex Tyrrell

Green Party of Quebec / Green Party of Quebec (73 candidates)< /p>

Presenting itself above all as an ecosocialist political party, this party is developing a comprehensive 90-page program which advocates, among other things, free public transport and the development of high-speed rail in Quebec.

Its leader, Alex Tyrrell, wanted to lead the Green Party of Canada from Elizabeth May, before being kicked out of the race for comments he made on Twitter about the war in Ukraine.

Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (12 candidates)

With 12 candidates under the direction of Pierre Chenier, this formation initially mobilized to support the working class has recently made the monarchy its hobbyhorse.

The queen is dead. Let's renounce the monarchy! It's time to declare the Republic! announces the party on its website.

Officially registered since 1989, the Marxist-Leninists represent one of the oldest active formations on the Quebec political scene.

Autonomist team (10 candidates)

With 10 years of existence, the party led by Stéphane Pouleur pursues systemic racism against white men, calls for an end to the fight against GHGs, or even supports the launch of an investigation into domestic violence suffered by men.

United under the slogan Équipe Autonomiste is more to the right but not in the field!, this party presents itself as a defender of individual, collective and governmental responsibility, of the family unit, of equality between men and women in both directions [sic], but also the maintenance and respect of the habits and customs of Quebecers.

The Null Party wants to make the spoiled votes count.

The Null Party (9 candidates)

Founded in 2009, the Null Party does not aspire to govern, but to promote the voice of dissatisfied voters. He defends the addition of a special box on the ballots allowing to cancel his vote while speaking.

On the one hand, abstention consists in not availing oneself of one's right to vote, which, even when it is a matter of a voluntary and considered gesture of protest, always risks being interpreted as a simple political disengagement [… ], explains the training on its Facebook page.

On the other hand, the deliberately canceled ballot will be assimilated to the category of "rejected votes", not considered in the result of the election.

Party< /strong> 51 (5 candidates)

As its name suggests, this party proposes that Quebec become a member state of the union of the United States of America, being the 51st under the American flag. Obviously, the economic and political advantages of such a union for Quebecers are undeniable, advances the formation.

Quebec would have its own criminal law, its own militia, in short, we would truly be “masters at home”, argues the proposal made by Hans Mercier, a lawyer and businessman against the vaccine passport.

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Culinary Party of Quebec (2 candidates)

Without taking itself seriously, the Culinary Party of Quebec still managed to gather at least a hundred signatures to introduce itself. On the menu? Make gastronomy the benchmark for all decisions, explains its chef Jean-Louis Thémistocle Randriantiana.

Its concept crystallizes around gastronocracy, a model that promotes hedonism through the fork. The party's slogan is also gratinated: Buying a carrot is a political act.

A ministry of health and happiness, a stay with farmers in the school curriculum, a campaign of fight against overfishing…the majority of the proposals naturally revolve around the plate.

Officially registered, six parties failed to recruit candidates for the next elections.

This is the case with the Bloc Pot, the New Democratic Party of Quebec, the Parti animal Québec/Québec Animal Party, but also the Party for the Independence of Quebec, Quebec Integrity/Integrity Quebec and Quebecers United for Equality/Quebecers United for Equality.

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