If it excludes the PCQ from parliament, the government “will suffer the consequences of its actions”, says Duhaime

If it excludes the PCQ from parliament, the government «will suffer the consequences of his acts», says Duhaime


Demonstrations could take place if the National Assembly refuses to grant an office and resources to the Conservative Party of Quebec, warns Éric Duhaime.  

“Mr. Legault, if he decides that democracy is not important and that 530,000 Quebecers are worth nothing to him, he will suffer the consequences of his actions,” said the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec ( PCQ) during his first press conference since the election.

Unable to do so inside, Mr. Duhaime spoke to journalists on the sidewalk, in front of the National Assembly. He claims among other things to be able to summon the press inside the parliament and to have offices there.

Asked to clarify what he means when he says that the government will have to suffer the consequences of its actions, the Conservative leader explained that “it means that people will manifest themselves differently”, referring in passing to the possibility of “protesting in the street”.

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Éric Duhaime is of the opinion that François Legault's record as a Democrat “is not brilliant”, and he hopes that the Prime Minister “is not going to add a layer to it” by opposing an end of inadmissibility to the demands of the PCQ , even if they did not elect any MPs.

The Conservative leader, however, maintains that his “plan A” is to obtain access to parliament during the negotiations which will take place between the parties during weeks. 

“If plan A doesn’t work, we sure have plan B-C-D,” he added, without being more specific.

Council of Ministers

In addition, Éric Duhaime asks François Legault to limit the number of people who will be part of the Council of Ministers to 20, in the name of reducing the size of the State.

According to him, this is the government's responsibility to tighten its belt in an environment of inflation, rising interest rates, and possible recession. “My message is less ministers and more money in taxpayers' pockets,” he said.

“It's symbolic, it's just a few million dollars for each minister more than one adds (…). But what message does it send (…)? It's a very bad signal to send,” he added.

The Conservative leader says he understands that François Legault has “a lot of mouths to feed” because of his impressive deputation, but he don't think it's a “good excuse” to “give limousines to people so that they can shut themselves up for four years”.

For there to be fewer ministers, Éric Duhaime suggests forming bigger ministries, and not appointing delegate ministers.