The Parti Québécois (PQ) rejected Vincent Lemay-Thivierge’s candidacy and warned him several times in recent months not to end the electoral campaign by running as the party’s candidate for the Prévost race.
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Vincent Lemay-Thivierge, candidate for Québec solidaire in Saint-Jérôme in 2012 and 2014, announced last May that he wanted to represent the people of Prévost in horseback riding in the National Assembly.
A Facebook page “Vincent Lemay-Thivierge candidate of the Parti Québécois” has also been set up. All summer the releases of the artist – who is also the brother of actor Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge – kept a bit of a blur and could suggest he was the party’s nominee.
He mentions in particular “kitchen meetings” and a “county tour”, he speaks of the candidate from the neighboring county as his “colleague”, he says he met the mayor of Prévost when he was applying for his “candidacy for A deputy”.
In fact, he was waiting for party approval that would allow him to run for the nomination.
After the 2018 election, a nominating committee was established to evaluate candidates and authorize them to enter each county’s nominating contest. Authorization is not approval by the leader. The aim is to avoid “hiccups” in the campaign, in which a candidate is spattered by opponents and thus overshadows his party, explains Jocelyn Caron, president of the Parti Québécois and president of the nominations committee.
“Mr. Lemay-Thivierge never had such approval, he never had his letter of approval, he was warned many times not to stand again as a candidate for the Parti Québécois because he was not,” stresses Mr. Caron.
“It’s a bit like saying [qu’on a] a new job before having the employer’s response,” adds the President.
However, Mr Lemay-Thivierge continued to present himself in this way despite the warnings. After checking, the PQ did not want to grant this approval and informed the client concerned a few days ago. On August 20, Mr. Lemay-Thivierge also confirmed on his side that he would not run.
The party assures that Mr Lemay-Thivierge’s flirtation with Quebec Solidaire or his brother’s statements about the vaccine have nothing to do with his decision. However, the details of the reasons remain confidential. “We never disclose the reasons for rejection, the moral agreement we have with people submitting a ballot is that the process remains confidential,” stresses Mr Caron. The aim is not to damage people’s reputations unnecessarily.
We tried in vain to reach Mr. Lemay-Thivierge.