A second term, but why?

A second term, but why?

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François Legault has the program closest to the aspirations of the majority of Quebecers: prosperity and nationalism. And he has the best team, by far given the difficulties of recruiting his opponents. 

But his campaign failed. The team was never put in the spotlight, except during the wacky press conference during which François Legault began to imagine a Council of Ministers in the public square.  

His campaign was also a failure because he never managed to talk to Quebecers about the projects and ambitions that motivate him to seek a second term. It's serious. From gaffes to controversy, the campaign days passed without François Legault being able to tell Quebecers why he dreams of four more years in power.

Example: the CAQ had launched a water policy just before the campaign: a blue fund to take care of our lakes and rivers. A clever way to resume the offensive on the theme of the environment in addition to betting on the nationalist fiber: Quebecers vibrate in front of the beauty of our territory. Never put forward in 36 days of campaigning. Unexplainable.

François Legault can thank heaven that the opposition is so split. The only party whose leader really hit the mark during the campaign was Paul St-Pierre Plamondon. The PQ caused surprise with his frank and relevant approach. Except that he left with less than 10%…  

Divided Opposition

In short, no opposition party really represented a threat.

I sincerely believed that Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois or Éric Duhaime was going to steal the show. They are formidable communicators. Both ran decent campaigns, but were handcuffed.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was handcuffed by the radicalism of his program. Despite superhuman efforts to camouflage the impact of his “revolution” on the wallets of the middle class, doubt has been sown.  

Among young people and especially students in urban areas , the campaign was nonetheless a resounding success. The big test on Monday will be to progress. In percentage and in seats, Québec solidaire must do a little better than the feat of 2018. Otherwise, it is a disappointing setback.

Éric Duhaime

Éric Duhaime got off to a solid start to his campaign. The presence of volunteers was well felt both in the display and in the size of the gatherings. The stories of unpaid taxes (which ended up deflating) seriously broke his rhythm. He never regained the same momentum.  

Nor did he provoke the fireworks in the debates that his supporters were expecting. Then Éric Duhaime hit a wall: the fact of having associated himself with those shocked by the pandemic closed the minds of a good number of voters, even those most on the right. Be that as it may, for the good of democracy, he would have to win seats.

As for the courageous Dominique Anglade, she carried the torch with dignity of a disorganized party that the majority no longer seems to be listening.

A second term, but why?