The day after the elections, Éric Duhaime announced his intention to ogle the Caquistes disappointed at being excluded from the Council of Ministers, in the hope that his party could make its entry into the National Assembly.
During the formation of this Council of Ministers on Thursday, rumors were rife. A few chosen ones who had not been named were absent from the red room. Among them, the name of Youri Chassin circulated. This right-wing economist defended many ideas more aligned with those of the PCQ than the CAQ.
Mr. Could Chassin become the new Claire Samson, who allowed Duhaime's party to enter the National Assembly in 2021?
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When you run as a candidate in an election, whether in Quebec City or Ottawa, it is first and foremost to become an MP. Only a small circle will be chosen, for good or less good reasons, to form the government by becoming a minister.
This process is based on a prerogative of the Prime Minister, who makes the final choices.
But that elected officials, driven by personal ambitions, can choose to change allegiance because they are disappointed… this constitutes in many respects a misuse of democracy.
Thierry Giasson, director and principal researcher of the Political Communication Research Group at Laval University, explained to me, during the Samson case, that such a situation raised many questions: loyalty, motivations of voters, and recognition by the elected of the reasons for which he was elected.
This is all the more true since the main motivations of voters are based on the leader, the party, the proposals and the party campaign. The local candidate has little impact in the decision, as demonstrated by several scientific writings.
Thus, the raiding by Éric Duhaime is inappropriate. It should not be made possible, if only out of respect for voters.
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128