Two questions a week for the PQ: Joël Arseneau disappointed, but determined

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Two questions a week for the PQ: Joël Arseneau disappointed, but determined

The Deputy of the Islands-of -la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau (archive photo)

Disappointed with the agreement reached on the recognition of his party in the National Assembly, a few days before the start of the new legislature, PQ member Joël Arseneau promises to show resilience and determination, like his colleagues Pascal Bérubé and the leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

According to this agreement, the Parti Québécois (PQ) will be able to ask two questions a week in the National Assembly while it asked one question a day. In comparison, Québec solidaire will be able to ask three per day.

The PQ, which only elected three deputies, still won 14.6% of the vote popular and ahead of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), which forms the official opposition with 14.3% of the vote and 21 MNAs (now 19).

Also, the Parti Québécois sees its budget go from $490,000 to $575,000. The PQ wanted to have a minimum annual operating budget of $800,000.

The party will be entitled to an observer seat in the Office of the National Assembly, without the right to vote, instead of a total absence.

The return to parliament for the National Assembly of Quebec will take place on Tuesday, November 29.

According to the MP for the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Joël Arseneau, the Parti Québécois found itself isolated in front of the three other parties in the negotiations that led to this agreement. The PQ had no choice but to accept what was offered to them.

We didn't get what we wanted, unfortunately, he comments. We are not given the percentage that we represent within the opposition, both for the speaking time granted to the various opposition political parties and financially.

“We realized at the beginning of the week that there was an agreement circulating between the other parties which could have excluded us from any recognition . »

— Joël Arseneau, MP for Îles-de-la-Madeleine

This is the reason why we had to settle a little backwards with an unsatisfactory agreement, but which nevertheless allows us a minimum recognition, a minimum budget, adds the deputy.

Joël Arseneau also indicates that the PQ promise to find ways to properly represent the 600,000 people who supported them in the last elections.

We're going to play our role to match our ambitions, he promises. It's not because the other parties don't give us the full means to act that we won't find them otherwise, in an agile and efficient way to be able to continue our work and be at the height.

To make up for part of the shortfall in the budget granted in the agreement, the Parti Québécois is launching a fundraising campaign among its members to raise 120,000 $. The money will allow the hiring of two additional people in the parliamentary team, which Joël Arsenal and his colleagues consider a vital minimum.

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