Québec solidaire may have presented itself yesterday as the party of families, but it is the Coalition Avenir Québec that has the most parents among its candidates.
By announcing the candidacy of the founder of the movement “Ma place au travail ” who denounces the lack of childcare spaces, the head of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, declared that “the arrival of Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon in our team sends a very strong message: the party of families, c 'est Québec solidaire. »
At each election, the electoral campaign is a race to see who will be the real party of families.
According to an analysis of the data collected by our Bureau of Investigation, it is at the CAQ that we have the most parents, i.e. 81 % of candidates (children biological or blended families).
At Québec solidaire, this percentage is 53%. Note that there are still applications to be announced.
The average age of the QS team is 39, however. . The average age at which one becomes a parent in Quebec is around 30 and QS is the party with the most candidates aged 30 and under (there are 24).
« It is therefore normal that there are fewer children at QS ,” explains Mireille Lalancette, professor of political communication at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
On the CAQ side, the average age of the parents is 50 years old and there are only 6 people aged 30 and under.
The parents at QS are thus younger and therefore more likely to have young children and to present the image of candidates connected to family issues, such as access to daycare places and work-family balance.
“Politicians will present themselves as a good father, they will campaign with their family […] say that they have children and have concerns related to that,” explains Ms. Lalancette. ;
“ The CAQ has been ignoring families for four years […] I have heard too many stories of women forced to give up their careers because the CAQ failed to give a place in daycare for each child,” said Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon, for example, announcing her candidacy.
In 2017, the CAQ also represented this image while Geneviève Guilbault had campaigned in 2017 pregnant.
“The family implies values: the gift of self, taking care of the other [. ..] be beyond the careerist side, adds Professor Lalancette. They seem accessible, part of the norm […] It's part of the showmanship of the politician, you expect the family to be there, to support him. »
This image is not necessarily cynical, but is also part of the strategies of “image makers”, she says.
PERCENTAGE OF CANDIDATES* WHO ARE PARENTS
PLQ 57%< /p>
Source : Data provided by the parties and compiled by Le Journal.
* The candidacies have not all been announced yet, the portrait may therefore evolve particularly for the PQ and the PLQ, which are lagging behind in the announcements of candidates.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128