Poilièvre's approach to Quebec: economy before nationalism

Poilèvre's approach to Quebec: the economy before the nationalism

and Guillaume St-Pierre MISE À DAY

Pierre Poilievre intends to bet above all on the economy to seduce Quebec. He therefore shelved the Quebec contract of his predecessor Erin O'Toole, which promised more powers for the province. 

“My approach for Quebec is paycheck, paycheck, paycheck,” said the Conservative leader in his very first interview with the Journal since taking office on September 10.

Mr. Poilievre is touring the province on Thursday and Friday. After Montreal and Quebec, it was near La Pocatière in Bas-Saint-Laurent that Le Journal caught him on the road. For him, people here are as concerned about the cost of living as Albertans and Ontarians. He therefore does not intend to deliver a different message to them.

The new Conservative leader thus marks a change of course compared to his predecessors, who all tried to flatter Quebec's nationalist fiber without managing to make any gains here.

The party also voted last week against a Bloc Québécois bill aimed at requiring knowledge of French in order to obtain Canadian citizenship on Quebec soil. An old version of the Bloc Québécois bill had however received the support of the Conservative benches.< /p>

Taxes

For Mr. Poilièvre, the fact that three Quebec provincial parties, the Coalition avenir Québec, the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party have all campaigned to reduce taxes and taxes, shows that this fundamentally conservative approach is popular in the province.

“Quebecers and Canadians are paying too much. This is because of inflationary deficits. I am the only leader who can reverse these taxes and these deficits,” he said, hammering home his usual mantra: Liberal government spending is responsible for inflation.

Inflation

The inflationary crisis is not unique to Canada, however.

“In most countries, rapidly rising prices, especially of food and energy , is a source of great hardship for households, especially those with low incomes,” says the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF predicts that due to the war in Ukraine, in particular, “global inflation should peak at 9.5% this year before falling to 4.1% by 2024”.

Environment

If in his speech Mr. Poilievre does not make the link between the war in Europe and inflation, he nevertheless sees an opportunity to develop the Canadian energy sector , including in Quebec where he supports GNL Quebec, despite the rejection of the Legault government.

“It is impossible to impose a decision on the Quebec government because obviously a project like that would need a provincial permit. But I think a lot has changed since the regional decision to reject the project. The war in Ukraine shows that if Canada does not produce natural gas, the market will be monopolized by polluting dictatorships like Putin's,” he explains.

The first month in post of Conservative leader has not passed without controversy. We asked him about the two main ones.

Mr. Poilievre on text messages sent to Conservative members to force the resignation of his former lieutenant, Alain Rayes.

Q. Were you aware that the text messages sent to conservative members asking for the resignation of Alain Rayes were going to be sent?

A. The party corrected that. I focus on real business that affects people. The cost of food, energy, homes…and not the bickering between politicians in Ottawa.

Mr. Poilievre on misogynistic SEO hashtags attached to his YouTube videos for 4 years.

Q. Were you aware that these misogynistic hashtags had been added to your videos on YouTube?

A. No, I wasn't aware of that. As soon as a journalist informed me that there was a misogynistic tag, I asked my assistant to remove it.

Q. What was your personal reaction when you found out about it.

A. Surprised.