On the way to the elections | Liberal castles in the metropolis threatened

Something is happening in the metropolis. Fights promise to be tight during next campaign in Ridings, usually won by Liberals. Are we on the verge of the fall of fortified castles? status report.

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Hugo Pilon Larose

Hugo Pilon Larose
The press

” Anything is possible. Dominique Anglade repeats it like a mantra. However, the latest polls put his party in a difficult position a few months before the elections. But “more than 40% of the people” can change their mind, she says. ” Everything is possible. »

A few days after the unveiling of his election platform The press invited the Liberal leader to present the substance of her thoughts on the strategy she is proposing to win back the electorate. In the most recent Léger poll released in Quebecor’s media, the Liberals received 18% of the voting intentions. Closely followed by Éric Duhaime’s Conservative Party with 14%, Québec solidaire with 13% and the Parti Québécois with only 8%. These results currently lag far behind the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) at 46%.

New players join the game in Montreal. Former mayoral candidate Balarama Holness founded the Bloc Montreal. He will run in the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. An Estrie-based lawyer, Colin Standish, will officially found the Canadian Party of Quebec on Monday. His attacks are aimed at the CAQ, but also at the Liberals, whose back-and-forth in the Bill 96 debate on the French language has fueled dissatisfaction among some Anglophones.

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Dominique Anglade, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

We don’t take anything for granted, but I’m confident people will tell themselves that we need to stand together at the next election to send a clear message.

Dominique Anglade, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

economy and inclusion

In the final days of parliamentary session earlier this month, the Liberal leader and her team attacked the CAQ for its “separatist” approach to the state. The arrival of the sovereignist tenor Bernard Drainville in François Legault’s team has prompted the official opposition to return to the debates that have long been successful, in the opposition between independence and federalism.

But the prime minister quickly closed the door on a referendum, reiterating that his party was nationalist, not sovereignist. In conversation with The presspolitical scientists Geneviève Tellier of the University of Ottawa and Valérie-Anne Mahéo of Laval University also recalled that the axis dividing the Quebec electorate is becoming rooted in a left-right divide, rather than the question of the future of Quebec in Canada.

“For the PLQ, which has really been an alternative in recent years [aux souverainistes]its raison d’être becomes less pronounced,” says Fraume maheo

“What happened to the PQ is now happening to the Liberal Party,” adds Ms.me Tellier, citing declining support for pro-independence troops as a prelude to what could happen to the Liberals.

Dominique Anglade must therefore find a new challenge that will allow his party to stand out from his opponents. She is counting on the work she is doing on the ground with her candidates to bear fruit. She wants to embody inclusion and economy.

“Our aim is really to form the next government. Is the challenge big? He is huge ! Is it easy? No, it’s not easy. Nothing will be easy,” she said.

We absolutely want to be this alternative to the CAQ.

Dominique Anglade, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party

Nobody said their last word

However, the Liberal leader is not alone in pursuing this goal and preparing the Montreal battlefield. The Coalition avenir Québec recently announced candidates, including former local politician Karine Boivin Roy, who is running in Anjou-Louis-Riel. According to projection site Qc125, run by Philippe J. Fournier, the constituency held by the Liberals since 1998 could switch to the CAQ camp.

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Karine Boivin Roy, candidate for the CAQ in Anjou-Louis-Riel

“The CAQ represents my values ​​well. I think it’s important to be in a vehicle that you’re comfortable in,” says Ms.me Boivin Roy, whose CV was also sent to the Liberal Party, but who claims not to have had any exchanges with Dominique Anglade before finally opting for François Legault’s party.

Other liberal strongholds are also under threat, particularly in the Verdun constituency. “It’s liberal, but we’re starting to say it could become Caquiste. No one would have even mentioned this possibility four years ago. This is an indication that something is happening,” analyzes Geneviève Tellier from the University of Ottawa.

Conservative Party leader Éric Duhaime also believes his chances of being competitive outside the Quebec region are improving.

At first we honestly thought Montreal was a conservative wasteland. But I have to say that has changed in the past few weeks. It’s not a monolithic block, Montreal.

Eric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party

“It’s a language problem. Since the passage of Bill 96, there has been much discontent in Montreal’s English-speaking community. The dissatisfaction is not only aimed at Mr. Legault. She is also against M.me Anglade for his course changes,” adds Mr. Duhaime.

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Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, President of the Parti Québécois

Also, Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is trying his luck riding Bourget, currently held by Caquiste Richard Campeau in East Montreal. “Montreal is part of Quebec and more than that, it is part of Quebec’s national destiny. For the Parti Québécois, given the very sensitive issues in Montreal, especially on the whole French language issue, it is very important that its leader says: “Me, it will be Montreal,” he says.

On the Québec solidaire side, the party hopes that Deputy Vice President of the Development Bank of Canada, Haroun Bouazzi, will win the election in Maurice-Richard. With the departure of the former liberal minister Marie Montpetit, who was excluded from her party’s caucus, the solidarized are relying heavily on this riding.

constituencies follow

Anjou Louis Riel

Outgoing MEPs: Lise Thériault (PLQ). The deputy leaves politics.

On May 28, the Qc125 screening site deemed it likely that the CAQ would win this race, receiving 38% support compared to 32% for the PLQ.


Outgoing MPs: Isabelle Melançon (PLQ)

On May 28, the Qc125 screening site deemed it likely that the CAQ would win this race, receiving 30% support compared to 24% for the PLQ.


Outgoing MEP: Enrico Ciccone (PLQ)

On May 28, the Qc125 screening site deemed it likely that the CAQ would win this race, receiving 38% support compared to 33% for the PLQ.


Outgoing MP: Dominique Anglade (PLQ leader)

On May 28, the Qc125 projection site judged that it is a “pivot point” between the PLQ, which could gain 29% support versus CAQ (28%) and QS (25%).

Maurice Richard

Outgoing MPs: Marie Montpetit (former Liberal Minister, now sitting as an Independent)

On May 28, the Qc125 screening site deemed it likely that the CAQ would win this race, receiving 32% support versus 27% for QS and 21% for the PLQ.

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