Quebec 2022

Quebec 2022

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Our journalists boarded the five political party caravans that are criss-crossing the roads of Quebec until October 3. Every Sunday, Le Journal presents you behind the scenes of this electoral journey.

The Éric Duhaime paradox

There was something fascinating about being on Éric Duhaime's bus for the second half of the election campaign.  

Forget the image of the enraged radio host who shouts behind his microphone to exacerbate the anger of the crowds. From day to day, “Eric” has an easy familiarity. He is disarmingly natural. 

Affable, kind and sympathetic, he can even make self-mockery, a rare quality in politicians. On the campaign bus, he sometimes had casual discussions with journalists to gather unfiltered comments in a less rigid framework than that of the press scrums.

However, this same Éric Duhaime does not does not hesitate to heat up his supporters by attacking the media “subsidized” (translate: sold to the government). 

On Facebook, he regularly denounces the “double standard” of which he considers himself a victim on the part of reporters. He uses the words he needs to arouse the wrath of his supporters, whose level of aggressiveness on Twitter is reaching new heights. 

Éric Duhaime is far too intelligent to embrace conspiracy theories. But he plays on a thin line so as not to alienate some of his supporters in their anti-media conspiratorial ideas.

He plays the transparency card, but is reluctant to accept a second daily scrum when he feels that this exercise does not serve his message. 

Winner in any case< /strong>

In a press briefing, the Duhaime paradox reaches its peak. A skilled communicator, he knows how to hit his opponents where it hurts. He managed to impose the third link as a main issue of the campaign. On immigration, he was able to effectively take advantage of the mistakes and missteps of the CAQ. However, the Conservative electoral program is not so far from the CAQ plan. And Éric Duhaime has made highly controversial statements on the same subject in the past.

Effective in firing on his rivals, the politician is more discreet when it comes to detailing his program. The vagueness and the approximate take up all the space when he is questioned about some of his commitments. His answers – so well chiseled when he attacks his competitors – suddenly become evasive or downright irrelevant. 

Ending his marathon with a sprint in “his” riding of Chauveau, Éric Duhaime will succeed , tomorrow, to bring the Conservative Party of Quebec out of the margins. Even if he does not elect any MPs, he will be – one way or another – one of the winners of the ballot. Decidedly, Éric is not close to a paradox.

– Taïeb Moalla at the PCQ

< strong>Orange, the color of “change”?

If you hadn't noticed it yet, the party of Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Manon Massé, one of whom is now ex- candidate was caught stealing a leaflet from her PQ rival, also subtly borrowed the slogan that the CAQ had in 2018: that of “change”. 

Solidarity candidate Mathieu Perron-Dufour, who is hopeful of causing a surprise in Hull on October 3, summed up the affair by talking to journalists on the sidelines of a 5 to 7 with activists on Friday.

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If I paraphrase: in 2018, voters in the Outaouais elected three Caquistes in the Outaouais, believing that this was the way to change, only to finally realize that things have not changed that much.< /p>

In an editorial interview with Le Journal, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, defending himself from being too young to become a PM, repositioned the issue of the election in his own way.  

“It's not a question of age. It is above all a question of vision. […] Do we want to send to the National Assembly deputies from a party that represents a coalition between the two traditional parties [the CAQ], or […] deputies who are part of a new wave? » 

For GND, who succeeded Manon Massé as parliamentary leader – only a year ago –, it is QS who embodies this “new vision that we have not yet tried in Quebec”.

Orange effect

GND would like the same phenomenon to happen again in the National Assembly that we saw at Quebec City Hall as well as those of Montreal and Sherbrooke, where a new mayor and new mayors were elected. by highlighting the theme of the environment, in particular.

Before an evening show in Estrie, GND argued that the election of Christine Labrie had helped transform the political landscape of Sherbrooke. A kind of orange effect that he would like to see extend to Saint-François, the neighboring riding, where Dr. Mélissa Généreux is running.

Contrast

GND often likes to point out that “something is happening” in 2022 for QS. We felt it in the rallies, the electoral offices and the 5 to 7 overflowing with activists.

It will remain to be seen, tomorrow, if Québec solidaire, a bit like the leaves in the fall, would have had need another week for the orange color to spread as much as GND would have liked.

– Marc-André Gagnon with QS

Immigration, pet peeve de Legault

“Grumpy? That's when questions aren't the fun! retorted François Legault, Friday evening, to a lady from Chapais who questioned him about his gloomy mood of the last few days.

Like the first weeks of the campaign, the home stretch of the outgoing Prime Minister's electoral tour was laborious. His pet peeve, immigration, will have stuck with him until the very end.

Especially since he now directly associates immigration with the decline of French, which increases the risk of slipping on a banana peel.

François Legault now refuses to address this theme, for fear that his remarks will be associated with “racism”.

On the caquiste caravan, it will therefore have been necessary to travel hundreds of kilometers to hear the most favorable speech for immigration in the campaign, that of the mayor of Lebel-sur-Quévillon, a municipality in Nord-du-Québec with a just over 2,000 souls.

Mayor Guy Lafrenière dreams of welcoming even more of these “job savers”. 

“Let the person come from Val-d' However, from Tunisia or Africa, it is the same person. It's a human coming, “he said after the passage of the outgoing PM.  

Now, before a press scrum, the head of CAQ puts on his leggings, his breastplate, shoulder pads, helmet and plays goalie. He tries to say as little as possible to avoid slipping. 

– Geneviève Lajoie, parliamentary office

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