Vincent Lemay-Thivierge has been warned to stop calling himself a PQ candidate

Vincent Lemay-Thivierge has been warned to stop calling himself a candidate of the PQ

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The Parti Québécois has rejected the candidacy of Vincent Lemay-Thivierge and has repeatedly warned him over the past few months to stop campaigning by running as the party's candidate in the riding of Prévost . 

Vincent Lemay-Thivierge, who was a candidate for Québec Solidaire in 2012 and 2014 in Saint-Jérôme, announced last May that he wanted to represent the people of the riding de Prévost to the National Assembly.

A Facebook page “Vincent Lemay-Thivierge candidate of the Parti Québécois” had also been created. Throughout the summer, the publications of the artist, who is also the brother of actor Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, maintained a certain vagueness and could suggest that he was the candidate nominated by the party.

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He mentions in particular “kitchen meetings”, “county tours”, he speaks of the candidate from the neighboring county as being his “colleague”, he says he met the mayor of Prévost when he was the promotion of his “candidacy to become a deputy”.

In effect, he was waiting for clearance from the party to run for the nomination. 

After the 2018 election, a Nominations Commission was established to assess and clear candidates to participate in each county's nomination contest. An authorization is not an endorsement from the leader. The goal is to avoid campaign “hiccups” where a candidate is splashed by opponents thus shading his party, explains Jocelyn Caron, president of the Parti Québécois and president of the nominations commission

“Mr. Lemay-Thivierge has never had such authorization, he has never had his letter of authorization, he has often been warned to stop running as a Parti Québécois candidate because he was not,” underlines Mr. Caron.

“It’s a bit like saying to have a new job before having the response from the employer,” adds the president.< /p>

Mr. Lemay-Thivierge, however, continued to present himself in this way despite the warnings. After evaluation, the PQ did not wish to grant this authorization and informed the principal concerned a few days ago. On August 20, Mr. Lemay-Thivierge also confirmed on his page that he would not be a candidate. 

The party assures that Mr. Lemay-Thivierge's flirtation with Québec solidaire or statements about his brother's vaccine had nothing to do with their decision. However, the details of the reasons remain confidential. “We never disclose the reasons for the refusal, the moral agreement we have with the people who submit a ballot is that the process remains confidential, insists Mr. Caron. The goal is not to unnecessarily damage the reputation of people. »

We tried to reach Mr. Lemay-Thivierge, in vain.

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