Legault plays the unifying leader card

Legault plays the unifying leader card


SHERBROOKE | On the eve of the election, François Legault surrounded himself with 44 candidates from the CAQ and presented himself as a unifying leader, while Quebec is divided on immigration and the protection of French.  

For the very last day of the election campaign, the outgoing Prime Minister made a brief stop in the Montreal riding of Maurice-Richard, before heading to Estrie, where heated battles are to be expected.  

The caquiste leader went to Sherbrooke to lend a hand to his star candidate Caroline St-Hilaire, who is trying to dislodge the solidarity Christine Labrie. A guard of honor made up of 44 candidates from the CAQ awaited him when he left the caravan.  

He appeared before the media a few minutes later, flanked by outgoing minister Sonia LeBel and well-known aspiring MPs Caroline St-Hilaire and Martine Biron.  

“I think that 'We need to unite in Quebec, he said, noting that women generally carry this quality within them. We talked a lot about immigration, how we do to protect French, we have a challenge to bring everyone together.”

François Legault says he wants to develop Quebec with “everyone”, be it Anglophones, newcomers and Francophones.

He believes he is the perfect person to get there, he who claims to have put end to fifty years of federalist-sovereignist “quarrels” by founding the CAQ. “My great pride is to see people, there are some who have a slightly more liberal past, others a more PQ past, but we work together for the good of Quebecers,” he said. insisted.  

The outgoing Prime Minister did not want to move forward on the possibility that Caroline St-Hilaire will join the Council of Ministers if he is returned to power. François Legault nevertheless repeated that his cabinet would be in the parity zone, that is to say composed of between 40% and 60% of women.  

But the CAQ candidate from Sherbrooke, she , did not hide his ambitions. If the former commentator and ex-mayor of Longueuil wants a record number of women to be elected members of the National Assembly on October 3, she also wants women “to be many at the decision-making table”. &nbsp ;

Caroline St-Hilaire maintains that the voters of Sherbrooke whom she met were satisfied with the apologies of outgoing minister Jean Boulet, who recently made controversial remarks on immigrants. He was given no comment on his leader's statement that raising immigration thresholds to more than 50,000 a year would be “suicidal” for French Quebec.