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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advance voting underway in four provincial by-elections



The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, November 27, 2016 4:14PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, November 27, 2016 4:15PM EST


Advance polling for four Quebec by-elections will take place on Sunday and Monday.

The vote itself will take place on Dec. 5 as the National Assembly will fill vacant seats in the ridings of St-Jerome, Marie-Victorin, Verdun and Arthabaska.

The seats were left vacant after the resignations of former Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau, former PQ MNA Bernard Drainville, former Liberal cabinet minister Jacques Daoust and the death of independent MNA Sylvie Roy, respectively.


A total of 38 candidates are running in the four by-elections, with 215,000 Quebecers eligible to vote.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quebec byelections will put new PQ leader, CAQ's identity politics to test

Verdun, Arthabaska, Marie-Victorin and Saint-Jérôme voters head to polls today

By Ryan Hicks, CBC News Posted: Dec 05, 2016 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 5:00 AM ET

The byelections will be a test for Jean-François Lisée, the new leader of the Parti Québécois.


The new leader of the Parti Quebécois, the Coalition Avenir Québec's decision to zero in on identity politics and the Liberal government's track record will all be put to the test in four byelections being held today across the province.

Voters in Verdun, Arthabaska, Marie-Victorin and Saint-Jérôme will head to the polls.

Saint-Jérôme has been vacant since former PQ Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau's resignation earlier this year, while Marie-Victorin was held by former PQ MNA Bernard Drainville.

Verdun, a long-time Liberal stronghold, was previously held by the Liberals but cabinet minister Jacques Daoust resigned in August amid controversy over the approval of the sale of Rona.

The riding of Arthabaska needs to be filled following the death of Independent MNA Sylvie Roy.

Here are four things to watch out for by the time the night is over.

Is the CAQ's identity message resonating?


The third party has focused a lot of energy on taking the role "defender of Quebec identity" from the PQ.

They have hammered home their identity platform all session. The CAQ proposed values test for newcomers, fiercely opposes to the province's religious neutrality bill and suggests decreasing immigration levels.
■'We have to open our eyes. We have a real problem,' François Legault says


It culminated in this advertisement released by the party on social media, claiming the PQ and the Liberals support teachers wearing chadors in the classroom.


The question is are these messages resonating with the public and if so, in what way?

The Lisée effect?

Jean-François Lisée is the PQ's third leader in the last six years. That kind of instability is never good for a party, but a new leader can also bring momentum to the PQ and a chance to turn the page.
■Jean-François Lisée wants to ban religious symbols for daycare workers, teachers


Lisée has held the job for under two months so the jury is still out. However, he is sharper when questioning the premier in the National Assembly than his predecessor Péladeau.

It has been tough for the new PQ leader to pin down a stance on identity and that has created an opening for the CAQ to fill. Lisée is trying to appeal to his base while at the same time building the image of a party more open to Quebecers of all backgrounds and origins.



Quebec values protest
The PQ's proposed secular charter in 2013 prompted protests. (Canadian Press)

Lisée ran a leadership campaign taking a hardline on identity, only to immediately admit after winning that he will have to re-adjust in order to build consensus among his caucus colleagues who disagreed with him.

However, he recently proposed teachers and daycare workers in the group of public servants in positions of authority should not be allowed to wear religious garb. It goes a step further than what he pitched during the PQ leadership race and the party's failed secular charter.

Monday's results could give us more of a sense of how Quebecers perceive the PQ's new leader and his direction for the party.

Liberal reinvestment vs. Liberal ghosts


After two years of difficult austerity measures, the Couillard government announced $135 million for education and health care.


However, the ghosts of Liberals past continue to haunt Premier Philippe Couillard. The latest emerged from a Radio-Canada investigation raising questions about the connections between former Liberal fundraisers and people who worked for the provincial agency in charge of the government's real estate.

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Quebec Premier Leader Philippe Couillard has a hard time escaping his party's ghosts. (Clement Allard/CP)


Whenever these questions come up, Couillard stresses that they didn't happen on his watch. This has been the premier's never-ending struggle: communicating his government's accomplishments while a cloud of ethical questions from the past hover above.

The latter often steals the spotlight.


Future electoral alliances?



Lisée suggested teaming up with Québec solidaire in certain ridings where the two parties split the vote and fielding a common candidate in order to pick up Liberal seats in the next election.


His suggestion in October for such an alliance in the Verdun byelection fell flat. Québec solidaire resented the fact that the made the public suggestion without consulting the party first.


Québec solidaire has since consulted with its members and agreed to start talks with the PQ, Option Nationale and other progressive social movements about whether they can form some sort of electoral alliance.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Voters head to polls in four Quebec ridings


The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 5, 2016 7:33AM EST



MONTREAL - Voters in four Quebec ridings will head to the polls today in what will be Jean-Francois Lisée's first major test as Parti Quebecois leader.

One of the ridings up for grabs will be Saint-Jerome, which has been vacant since former PQ leader Pierre Karl Peladeau resigned abruptly in May, citing family reasons.

The Parti Quebecois is also hoping to hold on to Marie-Victorin, a Montreal-area riding last represented by former PQ house leader Bernard Drainville.



Byelections will also be held in the Liberal stonghold of Verdun, in Montreal, and the central Quebec riding of Arthabaska, left vacant since the death of Sylvie Roy earlier this year.

Roy won the riding for the Coalition Avenir du Quebec with a hefty majority in 2014 before she became an Independent a year later.

The governing Liberals hold a strong majority in the provincial legislature with 69 of 125 seats, compared with 28 for the PQ, 20 for the CAQ and three for Quebec Solidaire. There is also one Independent.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PQ sees Verdun up for grabs but Liberals hope to hang on as by-election looms


CTV Montreal
Published Saturday, November 5, 2016 6:38PM EDT



Four weeks before by-elections for four vacant provincial ridings, the race for Verdun’s seat in the National Assembly is heating up.

On Saturday, Parti Quebecois leader Jean-Francois Lisee made a stop to campaign for candidate Richard Langlais on Nuns’ Island. The PQ is making a concerted effort to garner votes in a riding that has long been rival territory.

“It’s been Liberal since the early ‘60s, but it doesn’t need to stay this way,” said Lisee.

Lisee said voter discontent with the ruling Liberals combined with the Coalition Avenir Quebec making headway could help local businessman Langlais make history.

“The Liberal candidate is someone who is completely unknown here, that doesn’t live here, hasn’t had an impact in Verdun at all,” he said.

However, Liberal candidate Isabelle Melancon was also pressing the flesh on Saturday. The candidate was campaigning door-to-door, asking potential constituents what issues are important to them.

She said she thinks voters will admire the Liberals for making hard decisions over budget cuts and will have faith in the party going forward.

“Was it easy? No,” she said. “Did we have the courage to do it? The answer is yes.”

The Verdun seat was left vacant following the resignation of former transport minister Jacques Daoust in August. Daoust left politics after emails surfaced suggesting he had approved the sale of Rona Hardware to American interests while serving as Quebec’s economy minister.

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By-election: who will win the fight in Arthabaska?

The Canadian Press redaction@tc.tc

published December 4, 2016.


Arthabaska voters are called to the polls on December 5.

the four constituencies where elections are partial Monday night are completely separate a profile and a history with each other. Here is an overview of the four seats at stake that try to tear out including the liberal party of Quebec (PLQ), the Parti québécois (PQ) and the future Quebec (CAQ) Coalition.

Arthabaska riding profile: populated by some 59 000 voters, this district includes mainly rural communities of the region of Centre-du-Québec. According to the demographic profile of the Director general of elections of Quebec, 99 percent of the population mainly speaks the french and only 2 percent of residents were born outside the province.
It includes widely households in the middle class--nearly 45 percent of them had an income of less than $60,000 while less than 35 percent of them had an income of 60 000 to 100 $000 per year.

reason for by-election: the independent MP who represented this constituency, Sylvie Roy, died this summer.
History: The district in its present form has changed from 2011 to include a part of the previous electoral division of Lotbinière and Arthabaska. Sylvie Roy, who was previously elected in Lotbinière, won the elections in 2012 and 2014. Before that, apart from an interlude of the deceased Democratic Action of Quebec from 2007 to 2008, the Liberals and the PQ shared this riding. Jacques barrel imposed has been the MP for this constituency from 1976 to 1985, and then from 1989 to 2003. In 2014, the participation rate reached 73,27 per cent.

Results of the last election:-Sylvie Roy (CAQ): 45,49% - Luc Dastous (QLP): 30,21% - Gaétan St - Arnaud (PQ): 17.07 percent

the main candidates in the by-election: - Jacques Daigle, teacher (PQ) - Éric Lefebvre, entrepreneur (CAQ) - Luc Dastous, Executive Director of the crossroads youth-employment of Arthabaska (QLP)


Marie-Victorin riding profile: this riding of 46 770 voters covers a part of the city of Longueuil, in the southern suburbs of Montreal.

Its population, which is largely francophone and Quebec, is relatively poor - more than half households had an income less than $ 40,000 per year, compared to the average of 38 percent in the province.
Reason for by-election: the former Bernard Drainville, announced it was withdrawing from political life this summer.
History: It is a strong PQ Castle. Since its inception in 1980, it has not escaped only once to the PQ. She was represented by Pierre Marois and Cécile Vermette, who was elected without interruption from 1985 to 2003. In 2014, the participation rate reached 66.32 percent.
Results of the last election:-Bernard Drainville (PQ): 38,17 per cent - Jean-Guy Tremblay (QLP): 26.05 percent - William Provencher (CAQ): 20.60 percent - Carl Lévesque (QS): 11.6 per cent

the main by-election candidates: - Julie Chapdelaine, student in the Bachelor of management (CAQ) - Catherine Fournier, a graduate in Economics (PQ) - Carl Lévesque, factor (QS) - Normand Parisien, former Director of Transport 2000 (PLQ)

Saint-Jérôme profile of the district : Officially created in 2011, this district located in the Laurentians has 56 077 voters.
She was formerly the name of Prévost. Its citizens are predominantly francophone and Quebec and its households are relatively less affluent than the rest of the population of Quebec. The District still has a large middle class, while nearly 48 percent of households receive a $ 40,000 annual income.

Reason for by-election: the former leader of the Parti Québécois, Pierre Karl Péladeau, has left political life in May. History: The hearts of the voters of St. Jerome (formerly Prevost) balance often in recent years. After having sent to the National Assembly, the local Luce Papineau from 1997 to 2003, the ADQ Martin Camirand in 2007 and the Gilles Robert imposed in 2008, they have witnessed close fight.
In 2012, the district Jacques Duchesneau had been elected as by 897 votes, while two years more, Pierre - Karl Péladeau imposed was awarded the County by less than 2,000 votes. In 2014, the participation rate reached 67,25 percent. Results of the last election:-Pierre Karl Péladeau (PQ): 36.81 percent - Patrice Charbonneau (CAQ): 31,52% - Armand Dubois (QLP): 19,96% - Vincent Lemay - Thivierge (QS): 10.76 percent.

The main by-election candidates: - Marc Bourcier, teacher and city councilman (PQ) - Marcel Gosselin, teacher (QS) - Naomi Goyette, businesswoman (PLQ) - Bruno Laroche, warden of the MRC River North and Mayor of Saint-Hippolyte
(PLQ)

Verdun riding profile: Montreal riding with 48 495 voters includes part of Montreal, which corresponds to the Borough of the same name, including the island of the sisters. According to the demographic profile of the DGEQ of 2014, 67.9 per cent of the population of Verdun say that their first language is french, 24.2 per cent English.

The percentage of immigrants is 22.5 per cent. The average income is $ 44 062; 81.7 percent earned an income of less than $ 60,000. The average age of the population is 40.2 years. Reason for by-election: the MLA, the former Minister of transport Jacques Daoust has made his resignation on August 19. History: Created in 1965, this Montreal constituency is a Liberal stronghold since she has always elected a candidate of that party. Jacques Daoust had succeeded Henri-François Gautrin, who had been a member of 1989 to 2014.

The lowest majority of Mr. Gautrin was 547 votes in 2012 while its more strong reached 6429 votes in 1994. In 2014, the participation rate reached 70,69 per cent. Results of the last election:-Jacques Daoust (QLP): 50,59 per cent - Lorraine Pintal (PQ): 24.37 percent - Benoit Richer (CAQ): 12.23 percent - Rosa Pires (QS): 9.65 percent

the main candidates in the by-election - Richard Langeais, businessman (PQ) - Ginette Marotte, accountant (CAQ) - Véronique Martineau, intervener (QS) - Isabelle Melançon, Manager (QLP)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there has been a lot of by elections in quebec , however the other options might be worse , would people prefer an appointment instead ? that isn't exactly democratic and who would make the appointment and such ? could a liberal government simply appoint liberal's to fill opposition seats for the remainder of a term ? )


Taxpayers upset with costly by-elections



CTV Montreal
Published Monday, December 5, 2016 10:31AM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 5, 2016 4:16PM EST


With four by-elections taking place Monday in Quebec, ten percent of the MNAs elected two years ago will be replaced.

Whether it is quitting to run for federal politics, for family reasons, or because of a scandal, MNAs had plenty of reasons to give up the job they were elected to do.

In one case, that of Sylvie Roy, an MNA died in office.

But the dozen other resignations from the National Assembly since April 2014 were all voluntary.

There have not been this many by-elections in one term since the early 1980s, when René Levesque was premier.

There have been five resignations each from the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois, with two more from the CAQ.

The latest annual report from the Chief Electoral Officer breaks down the expenses for eight by-elections dating back to March 2015:

It cost taxpayers more than $4 million, plus another $3 million for the by-elections taking place Monday.

That's on top of the $84 million it cost for the general election two years ago.

The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation is upset with the costly process.

"Half a million bucks per by-election is a pretty high number," said Carl Vallée.

The ojbection isn't for the cost -- but with the resignations.

"If you're a taxpayer looking at this objectively, you're thinking 'Why aren't the MNAs respecting the mandate I gave them?' I voted for a person. You would expect them to fulfill the mandate for which they were elected," said Vallée.

CAQ leader Francois Legault said there is a good reason for people to step down.

"It's a tough job. You have to be dedicated - on nights, on weekends. If you don't have the motivation, I think it's better for everybody to have somebody else," said Legault.

The Monday by-elections are taking place in Verdun, Marie-Victorin, Arthabaska and St. Jerome.

Who has left/date of departure?
1. Christian Dubé (CAQ) – August 15, 2014
2. Elaine Zakaib (PQ) – September 29, 2014
3. Yves Bolduc (PLQ) – February, 26, 2015
4. Gerard Deltell (CAQ) – April 7, 2015
5. Gilles Ouimet (PLQ) – August 24, 2015
6. Marjolain Dufour (PQ) – September 10, 2015
7. Marguerite Blais (PLQ) – September 15, 2015
8. Robert Dutil (PLQ) – September 26, 2015
9. Stephane Bedard (PQ) – October 22, 2015
10. Pierre Karl Peladeau (PQ) – May 2, 2016
11. Bernard Drainville (PQ) – June 13, 2016
12. Sylvie Roy (independent) – July 31, 2016 (date of death)
13. Jacques Daoust (PLQ) – August 19, 2016

Cost of 8 most recent by-elections covered in the Chief Electoral Officer’s 2015-2016 annual report:
• March 9, 2015: Richelieu: $541,000
• June 8, 2105: Chauveau, Jean-Talon: $1,115,300
• Nov. 9, 2015: Beauce-Sud, Fabre, Rene-Levesque, Saint-Henri-Sainte-Anne: $2,096,300
• April 11: 2016: Chicoutimi: $515,500

TOTAL: $4,277,400

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( no seat change in any of the by elections , although liberals had a bad night and vote went down in all 4 ridings and win in Verdun not as big as normally , PQ held the 2 seats they had , CAQ won back the independent riding that had been CAQ before )


PQ wins two of four by-elections; status quo remains


The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 5, 2016 7:33AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 6, 2016 8:01AM EST


The Opposition Parti Quebecois retained two ridings in byelections Monday as Jean-Francois Lisee passed his first major test since becoming leader of the sovereigntist party two months ago.

The governing Liberals won their Montreal stronghold of Verdun but saw their share of the popular vote drop in all four byelections when compared with their performances in 2014.

One of the PQ victories came in Saint-Jerome, which had been vacant since former leader Pierre Karl Peladeau's resignation from politics last May.


Marc Bourcier had more than 45 per cent of the vote for the PQ, compared with the 36.8 per cent garnered by Peladeau in the 2014 election.

The PQ also kept Marie-Victorin, a Montreal-area riding last represented by the party's ex-house leader, Bernard Drainville. Catherine Fournier had more than 50 per cent of the vote, outdistancing Drainville's 38.2 per cent from two years ago.

"What a beautiful evening," Lisee said, pointing out that Fournier, at 24, is the youngest woman ever elected to the national assembly.

In another byelection Monday, Isabelle Melancon won Verdun for the Liberals with about 35 per cent of the popular vote, a significant drop from Jacques Daoust's 50.6 per cent two years ago.

Premier Philippe Couillard stood beside Melancon in Verdun and thanked volunteers and the candidates in the three other ridings.

"Of course we would have preferred different results but there will be other battles," he said. "We will continue our work. Our priorities remain the same: education; health, particularly the elderly; and of course jobs and the economy."

The fourth byelection of the night saw Eric Lefebvre of the Coalition for Quebec's Future easily win Arthabaska, which had been vacant since Sylvie Roy's death earlier this year.

Roy won the riding for the Coalition with a hefty majority in 2014 before she became an Independent a year later.

The results will have little impact on the standings in the 125-member legislature. The Liberals have 70 seats, the PQ 30 and the Coalition 21. There also three Quebec solidaire members and one Independent.

The next general election is set for the fall of 2018.

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Status quo in four Quebec ridings after byelections


Caroline Plante, Montreal Gazette
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Published on: December 5, 2016 | Last Updated: December 5, 2016 11:39 PM EST


Catherine Fournier, an economist who ran for the Bloc Québécois in 2015, is now the National Assembly's youngest MNA.




QUEBEC — The composition of the National Assembly remains unchanged as a result of Monday’s byelections — the PQ holds on to the ridings of Marie-Victorin and St-Jérôme, while the Liberals keep Verdun and the Coalition Avenir Québec, Arthabaska.

The four byelections were a popularity test of sorts for party leaders, and a measure of the mood of voters, two years ahead of the next general election.

Speaking from Bungalow Bar in Longueuil, PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée congratulated Catherine Fournier and Marc Bourcier on their victories in Marie-Victorin and St-Jérôme, and said they signalled the beginning of a new era.

“Today, Quebecers who voted … decided to send a signal, and it’s a signal of change, of renewed energy,” Lisée said, pointing to Fournier as the embodiment of youthful dynamism.

Fournier, an economist who ran for the Bloc Québécois in 2015, is now the National Assembly’s youngest MNA at 24 years of age.

The stakes were high for Lisée, who was testing his decision to shelve plans for a sovereignty referendum.

The PQ and the CAQ also battled ferociously on the issue of identity, with François Legault’s party taking to social media to campaign against the chador — the long garment worn by some Muslim women — and accuse the other parties of being too soft on the issue, because the religious neutrality bill they support doesn’t specifically ban it.

The CAQ came out on top in Arthabaska, a predominantly francophone riding, where Éric Lefebvre was elected. Lefebvre is a former Victoriaville city councillor. He replaces Sylvie Roy, who was first elected as an MNA for the CAQ but ended up sitting as an independent after a falling out with the party. She died last July at age 51 after a brief illness.

Of the 216,238 registered voters, only between 26 and 44 per cent went to cast a ballot, according to the Chief Electoral Officer’s website. In byelections held between 1998 and 2011, the average turnout was 44.86 per cent. In comparison, the April 2014 general election saw 71.43 per cent of registered electors exercise their right to vote.

The weather, snowy with icy roads in Montreal, is believed to have discouraged some voters from going to cast their ballot.

It may have been a factor in the riding of Verdun, where the Liberals, represented by Higher Education Minister Hélène David’s former chief of staff, Isabelle Melançon, had a much rougher ride, but preserved a seat they’ve held since 1965.

Legault insisted the Liberal vote had “collapsed,” while Premier Philippe Couillard said: “Dear friends, there will be other battles.”

Results at a glance

Arthabaska
Elected: Éric Lefebvre (CAQ) with 43.97 per cent of the vote
Replaces: Sylvie Roy (CAQ turned independent)

Marie-Victorin
Elected: Catherine Fournier (PQ) with 52.49 per cent of the vote
Replaces: Bernard Drainville (PQ)

St-Jérôme
Elected: Marc Bourcier (PQ) with 46.23 per cent of the vote
Replaces: Pierre Karl Péladeau (PQ)

Verdun
Elected: Isabelle Melançon (Liberal) with 35.61 per cent of the vote
Replaces: Jacques Daoust (Liberal)

Composition of the National Assembly:
•Quebec Liberal Party: 70 seats
•Parti Québécois: 30 seats
•Coalition Avenir Québec: 21 seats
•Québec solidaire: 3 seats
•Other: 1 seat

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By-election results show slip in support for Liberals


CTV Montreal
Published Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:30PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 6, 2016 8:01PM EST


It was a tough night for the Liberal Party in four by-elections across the province.

The CAQ won Arthabaska, the PQ held on to Marie-Victorin and St-Jerome and the Liberals did keep Verdun – but the results still show a slip in support for the party in power.

Analysts point to the drop in support for the Liberals in all four ridings, and a slip in particular with francophone voters.

CAQ Leader Francois Legault was a happy man; his candidate Erik Lefebvre won Arthabaska. It was a must-win seat for the party to avoid embarrassment and questions about its relevance.

“The spin in Arthabaska was that it would be a very close race between us and the Liberal Party. We got 44 per cent, they only got 27 per cent,” said Legault.

It was also a good night for Jean-Francois Lisée. Aside from the PQ win in St-Jerome, in Marie-Victorin 24-year-old Catherine Fournier easily won with more than 50 per cent of the vote, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the National Assembly.

The other woman elected last night was Isabelle Melancon in Verdun, but it wasn't a landslide for the Liberal candidate.



“If we look at Verdun, if we look at Marie-Victorin - especially in these two places - we increased our result incredibly,” said Manon Massé of Quebec solidaire.

Lisée said if the PQ and Quebec solidaire had teamed up with a common candidate in Verdun, they would have won.

“The result in Verdun is clear. That was the Liberals to lose and the only reason Ms. Melancon was elected is because we were divided,” he said.

The premier is trying to focus on the government's economic record, even taking credit for "saving" Quebec.

“We were on the brink of disaster. The rating would have gone down, our borrowing costs would have gone up. We would have lost complete control of funding of health care and education and the economy,” he said.

Couillard downplayed the by-election results and the message it could be sending to his government.

“This is analysis. I'm not an analyst, I'm just a politician,” he said.

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