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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:08 am    Post subject: Quebec Liberal mp Denis Lemieux resigns seat Reply with quote

( another mp is leaving parliament for various reasons although this riding won't likely be included in the dec 11 by elections more likely early in 2018 )


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Quebec member of Parliament Denis Lemieux resigns seat

'The one and only reason that motivates this well-considered decision is family,' says Chicoutimi-Le Fjord MP

CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2017 10:57 AM ET| Last Updated: Nov 06, 2017 10:57 AM ET

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Denis Lemieux, left, leave on a boat tour on the Saguenay River during a two-day caucus meeting in 2016 in Saguenay, Que. Lemieux announced Monday he's resigning his Chicoutimi-Le Fjord seat for family reasons.



Quebec backbencher Denis Lemieux is quitting federal politics.

The Chicoutimi-Le Fjord MP released a statement on Monday morning saying he's leaving for family reasons.

"The one and only reason that motivates this well-considered decision is family," wrote Lemieux in a statement in French.

"I am aware that I am leaving an extraordinary parliamentary team … I intend to continue, behind the public scene, to serve my country and to help my fellow citizens as best I can."

Lemieux was first elected in 2015, beating former NDP MP Dany Morin.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While Martine Ouellet has made it clear she won't seek a seat in by-election;
This is about as safe of a bet as you are going to find.

This is a riding where the NDP should reach out and make an effort to try and not simply let all their support in Quebec fall away as they held this riding from 2011- 2015.

The BQ has historically been strong here and should be a strong effort

And the Liberals are the incumbents

Should be interesting
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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While Martine Ouellet has made it clear she won't seek a seat in by-election;
This is about as safe of a bet as you are going to find.

This is a riding where the NDP should reach out and make an effort to try and not simply let all their support in Quebec fall away as they held this riding from 2011- 2015.

The BQ has historically been strong here and should be a strong effort

And the Liberals are the incumbents

Should be interesting


the timing seems odd to me , for an mp to resign the day after 4 by elections are called , it seems trudeau might of called the 4 by elections early so this one wouldn't of been included . there not in a rush to have one in a riding they barely won in 2015

as for the main 4 parties

the conservatives really have nothing to lose here , the merged party hasn't held the seat ( but old pc party did win it in 80's and 97 when charest leader ) . although they did do well in 2008 when they came 2nd and got 34% of the vote but haven't done as well in the other elections

the liberals will likely try and buy the riding like Lac Saint Jean , expect funding announcements and visits by trudeau in an effort to boost liberal numbers .

the bloc , if the bloc can't do well here or Lac saint Jean . you have to wonder where could they do well ? these are 2 ridings the bloc historically did well in and mostly only French speaking voters

the ndp ? I only see them being a major factor or doing well if the former mp Dany Morin runs again , he seems to have a following in the riding
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( just noticed this online , it appears the cpc might have a candidate for this riding )



Richard Martel

@richardmartelpc



Mr. Martel is the candidate of the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Chicoutimi - Le Fjord and determined to represent people with pride.

M. Martel est le candidat du Parti conservateur du Canada dans la circonscription de Chicoutimi - Le Fjord et déterminé à représenter les gens avec fierté.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the cpc candidate appears to have a background in Hockey not politics )



18 décembre 2017 / Mis à jour à 23h49

Richard Martel with the Conservative Party?



Jonathan Hudon


The Daily


From the hockey chamber to the political arena? It would seem that Richard Martel is making the leap into federal politics, which he would be perceived as the Conservative Party of Canada candidate for the by-election in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord. An announcement could even take place this week.


The TVA reporter covering federal politics in Ottawa announced the news on her Twitter account mid-afternoon on Monday. Despite several attempts, Richard Martel still had not made calls from The Daily at the end of the day. A source, however, confirmed to the newspaper that the hockey man, known for his outspokenness and intensity, was seen in Ottawa last week. He was present during Question Period in the House of Commons and was seen greeting the Conservative MP in the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent, Gérard Deltell.

People involved in the Conservative Party did not comment on the



Martel has been involved in the hockey world for over 25 years. He started his coaching career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens as assistant coach from 1990 to 1992, before being head coach with the Saint-Germain Laser. Hyacinthe, the Foreurs of Val-d'Or, the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Saguenéens. He was relieved of his duties in 2011 by the Chicoutimienne formation, having spent more than eight seasons in 2003 and 2011, including six complete. He succeeded René Matte in November 2003.

He holds the record for most regular-season wins in the QMJHL at 589. He won the title of coach of the year twice in the major junior, in 1994 (Saint-Hyacinthe) and in 2005 (Chicoutimi).

After a three-year stint in Europe, Richard Martel made a return to the region by taking the helm of the Marquesas de Jonquière in the North American Hockey League in the midfield of the playoffs of the 2015-2016 season. He drove the Jonquiérois to the playoff championship last spring.

The by-election in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord is necessitated by the resignation of Liberal MP Denis Lemieux on November 6. The government has still not announced the partial date.



Martine Ouellet does not comment

Passing Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean since Sunday (see text page 10), the leader of the Bloc Québécois Martine Ouellet has preferred to keep a little discomfort, when invited to comment on the news.

"For now, it's at the stage of rumors and it has not been confirmed, so we'll wait until it is," said Ms. Ouellet, adding that she did not know Richard personally. Martel.


https://www.lequotidien.com/actualites/richard-martel-avec-le-parti-conservateur-22b8d054ec2aa333ac183ba0b51c8c4a
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( an interesting development , no word yet on candidates for the other parties )


Chicoutimi-The Fjord

Ex-coach Richard Martel would go into politics


VAT News

| Posted on 18 December 2017 at 14:20 - Updated on 18 December 2017 at 14:23



Former hockey coach Richard Martel would run as a Conservative candidate for future by-elections in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, TVA News reported.

After thirty years spent behind the bench of various hockey teams, the one who is known for his outspokenness, his flamboyant side and his explosive temperament would make the leap into politics.

Martel coached the Chicoutimi Saguenéens twice, for almost eleven years before being definitively sacked in February 2011.

He then worked for teams in Sweden and France before returning to the Saguenay to train the Marquis de Jonquière. Last summer, he was appointed Commissioner of the North American Hockey League (LNAH).

Martel is the coach who has signed, to date, the most victories in the ranks of the major junior in Quebec (589 wins). He has twice won the QMJHL Coach of the Year award.

In his region, he is considered an important public figure. According to our information, it is at a turning point.

He met with influential members of the Conservative Party last Wednesday in Ottawa, and he seems to like the Conservatives' economic rhetoric.

On November 6, Liberal MP Denis Lemieux announced that he was leaving his position for family reasons.

The federal government has not yet announced the date of by-elections.

- With the collaboration of Michelle Lamarche


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the conservative move is interesting


its clear the liberals called some of the other by elections early once they had the candidate they wanted ( such as South surrey white rock ) and this didn't allow the opposition much time to prepare a proper campaign


so by nominating early there giving this new candidate some time to prepare and perhaps get better known in the riding , as by election unlikely to be called until maybe January or Feb ? maybe


it doesn't mean they'll win but does appear there running a serious campaign in the riding
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Richard Martel's seems to be the official candidate , scheer sent out a tweet saying so and a boost for Scheer that they found a higher quality candidate than perhaps expected in this riding )


Andrew Scheer‏Verified account @AndrewScheer · 6h6 hours ago


Je suis très content de compter sur @richardmartelpc comme candidat du @pcc_hq dans Chicoutimi-Le Fjord. Son leadership sera un atout extraordinaire pour la circonscription et je suis convaincu qu'il sera un excellent député.


Translated from French by Bing

I am very happy to rely on @richardmartelpc as a candidate for the @pcc_hq in Chicoutimi - Fjord. His leadership will be a tremendous asset for the constituency and I am convinced that it will be a great MP.
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there appear to finally be some news of this by election after the seat has been vacant for months , no call yet but its expected soon but not until trudeau tries to buy the riding with a major announcement )


Trudeau to announce funding for aluminum project ahead of by-election call in Quebec region



Daniel Leblanc Parliamentary reporter

Ottawa


Published May 9, 2018

Updated 19 hours ago

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to Saguenay on Thursday to make a funding announcement with Rio Tinto, the aluminum producer located in the Quebec region where there will soon be a by-election, federal officials said.

Federal officials said Mr. Trudeau will make the announcement alongside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and executives from Rio Tinto, which has promised to expand its aluminum production capacity in Canada. Details of the project have yet to be publicly released.

Opposition critics are accusing the Liberal Party of playing politics to influence the outcome of the impending vote in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, a riding that has been vacant since Dec. 1, 2017.


The Conservatives have been calling for months for the by-election to be called, and now accuse Mr. Trudeau of having deliberately delayed the vote.

“If Mr. Trudeau thinks that he can buy votes with these big announcements before calling the by-election … it’s up to him. I think people are smart enough and we can’t wait for the actual campaign to start,” Conservative MP Alain Rayes said.


NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice said his party agrees with giving federal help to the aluminum industry in the context of the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal. The White House has given Canada and Mexico a temporary exemption from its steel and aluminum tariffs, which expires on June 1.

However, Mr. Boulerice added the upcoming announcement with Rio Tinto “has the pungent smell of electoral opportunism.”

The Liberals won Chicoutimi-Le Fjord in the 2015 general election, taking the riding from the hands of the NDP. However, Denis Lemieux quit in 2017 after only two years as a Liberal MP.

Mr. Trudeau must call the by-election to replace Mr. Lemieux before June 2, although he is expected to drop the writ sometime this month.

The Liberal Party announced this week that it had selected businesswoman Lina Boivin as its candidate. She will run against Conservative candidate Richard Martel, who used to coach the local junior hockey team and has a high public profile in the area. The NDP is expected to nominate union official Eric Dubois as its candidate.


The federal Liberals are well positioned in Quebec, according to recent public-opinion polls. The party won a surprise victory in a by-election over the Conservatives last year in the nearby riding of Lac-Saint-Jean, fuelled in large part by Mr. Trudeau’s personal popularity.

Still, the federal government announced shortly before that by-election call that it would provide more than $10-million in funding to expand the cell-phone coverage and internet access in the region.

Liberal MP Richard Hébert, who won the Lac-Saint-Jean by-election, said Ms. Boivin is exactly what Chicoutimi-Le Fjord needs. She leads a firm called Boivin Management that provides planning and strategic advice to companies.

“For people in the Saguenay, the fact that she is known for her business acumen will be a huge boost,” he said.

International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, who represents a riding located south of the Lac-Saint-Jean, said the federal government will continue to support Canada’s aluminum industry. He said he will campaign alongside Ms. Boivin during the by-election.

“I look forward to working with her, to being on the ground with her, to tell people that they already have many voices in Ottawa, and that adding another voice will serve their interests,” he said.


Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alfredo Barrios has said the company is looking to add another 250,000 tonnes of production capacity at its Alma, Que., smelter and 400,000 tonnes at its leading-edge AP60 facility in Saguenay.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-trudeau-to-announce-funding-for-aluminum-project-ahead-of-by-election/
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( new meaning to the term " Buy election " although this shouldn't come as a surprise , the liberals have gone to great lengths to buy certain ridings in the past and go to extremes to make sure they win the by election )



May 10, 2018 5:03 pm Updated: May 10, 2018 5:18 pm

NOTEBOOK: Trudeau caps 10-days of pork barrelling in vacant Quebec riding

By David Akin
Chief Political Correspondent Global News


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by aluminum plant workers at an announcement on clean aluminum smelting technology, Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Saguenay, Que. Those workers will soon be voters in a byelection Trudeau is expected to call as early as this weekend.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday a $60-million injection of federal funds into a new organization with will develop advanced aluminum manufacturing techniques, an announcement that is likely to benefit voters in a vacant Quebec riding where Trudeau is widely expected to call a by-election as soon as this weekend.



Trudeau’s announcement capped off 10 days of various Liberal MPs and ministers showing up in the vacant riding of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord to hand out nearly $5 million in cheques and interest-free loans to various local organizations, an orgy of pork-barrel politicking not found in a database maintained by Global News of more than 20,000 spending announcements stretching back to 2008.



The flurry of government largesse may be a sign that, though the Trudeau Liberals have enjoyed significant success in the 12 by-elections already held during this Parliament, the party is nervous about its ability to hold the riding of Chicoutimi—Fjord.

And, on the other side of the ledger, the Conservatives, who have lost two seats to the Liberals in those 12 by-elections, believe they have an excellent chance at a steal in Chicoutimi.

The Conservatives have nominated a popular junior hockey coach, 57-year-old Richard Martel. Martel, who has more wins than any other coach in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League history, has already had visits to the riding by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer as well as Quebec Conservative MPs Alain Rayes, Gerard Deltell, Steven Blaney and others.


Doninic Poulin of Quebec City is flanked by Sagueneens owner Guy Carbonneau, left, and team coach Richard Martel after he was picked as third overall pick of the 2010 QJMHL draft in 2010 in Drummondville, Que. Martel is now the Conservative candidate in a soon-to-be-called byelection in the riding of Chicoutimi–Le Fjord.


Doninic Poulin of Quebec City is flanked by Sagueneens owner Guy Carbonneau, left, and team coach Richard Martel after he was picked as third overall pick of the 2010 QJMHL draft in 2010 in Drummondville, Que. Martel is now the Conservative candidate in a soon-to-be-called byelection in the riding of Chicoutimi–Le Fjord.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

On Thursday, the Conservatives launched a new 30-second French-language advertising spot featuring Scheer who, in the ad, says, “Trudeau’s priorities are not the same as yours. By recognizing the Quebec nation, I want to see Quebec thrive. I want to collaborate, not confront.”

The Conservatives do not have a good history in the riding, finishing fourth in 2015 with just 16.6 per cent of the vote.

Since the riding took its current form at the 2000 general election, it has been held by the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois. The last time a conservative candidate won in a general election was in 1997. That was Progressive Conservative André Harvey but he crossed the floor to the Liberals shortly afterward.

But the Liberals are hardly a lock in this region. Liberal Denis Lemieux narrowly won the riding in 2015, edging the NDP incumbent, Dany Morin, by just 600 votes or 1.3% of all votes cast. But life as an backbench MP was not for Lemieux who quit late last year.


Former Liberal MP Denis Lemieux points out a landmark to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he welcomed Liberal MPs to his riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord for a caucus meeting in 2016. Lemieux would quit politics within weeks of that meeting.


Former Liberal MP Denis Lemieux points out a landmark to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he welcomed Liberal MPs to his riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord for a caucus meeting in 2016. Lemieux would quit politics within weeks of that meeting.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

While Lemieux was an MP, the federal government provided a combined $59 million for 24 projects in his riding, the single biggest of which was a $46.9-million major renovation for Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, the eastern Canadian home of the RCAF’s CF-18 fighter jets.

The riding has been vacant since Dec. 1.

Since then, according to the Global News Ottawa Spends database there has been just one funding announcement where the beneficiary was an organization in the riding, a $795,000 grant given on Dec. 17 to the l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.

But, apart from the Dec. 17, announcement, there have been no spending announcements affecting Chicoutimi—Le Fjord organizations until late last month when what appears to be a pre-election blizzard of spending announcements began:
•April 30: Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier (whose riding is a long way away in the Gaspé) shows up in the Chicoutimi-Le Fjord to hand out interest-free loans to four local businesses worth a combined $2.5 million.
•May 1: Liberal MP David Lametti – whose riding is a long way off in Montreal — shows up in the riding to hand out interest-free loans to five local businesses worth a combined $655,925
•May 2: MP David Lametti is still here and, on this day, hands out interest-free loans to 3 Chicoutimi-Le Fjord businesses worth a combined $863,558.
•May 4: Liberal MP Richard Hébert, whose riding is next door, pops over with a cheque for $564,000 for Réseau Trans-Al, a network of Quebec aluminum manufacturing enterprises and suppliers.
•May 7: Lina Boivin wins the nomination to become the Liberal candidate in the upcoming Chicoutimi–Le Fjord by-election.
•May 9: Heritage Minister provides more than $375,000 in federal funding to a local indigenous friendship centre for programming.
•May 10: Trudeau joins Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard to announce a federal investment of $60 million into new organization called Elysis, a joint venture of aluminum giants Alcoa and Rio Tinto. Elysis, which will be headquartered in Quebec, will work to develop new new aluminum manufacturing process which will emit lower greenhouse gas emissions. Elysis promises to build “a world-class facility” in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord region.

Not counting Trudeau’s announcement Thursday, that adds up to 14 projects funded in the riding with a combined federal contribution of $5,035,664.

Trudeau must call the by-election by June 2.


https://globalnews.ca/news/4200935/notebook-trudeau-caps-10-days-of-pork-barrelling-in-vacant-quebec-riding/
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Federal by-election to be held June 18 in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord


Voters will choose a replacement for former Liberal MP Denis Lemieux, who resigned in November for personal reasons.



Presse Canadienne Presse Canadienne


Published on: May 13, 2018 | Last Updated: May 13, 2018 9:55 AM EDT



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sunday that a by-election will be held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord on June 18.

Voters will choose a replacement for former Liberal MP Denis Lemieux, who resigned in November for personal reasons.

Local businesswoman Lina Boivin will run for the Liberal Party of Canada.

The Conservative Party has chosen Richard Martel, the former coach of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Union activist Éric Dubois is seeking the nomination for the New Democratic Party and so far no one else has thrown their hat into the ring.


The Bloc Québécois and the Groupe parlementaire québécois have not yet chosen candidates


http://montrealgazette.com/new.....i-le-fjord
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Prime Minister of Canada announces a by-election in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord Français



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OTTAWA, May 13, 2018 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that a by-election will be held on June 18, 2018, in the electoral district of Chicoutimi–Le Fjord.

This document is also available at https://pm.gc.ca/



SOURCE Prime Minister's Office

For further information: PMO Media


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it certainly has the feel of a " buy election " what I find most disturbing is liberal mp's from other ridings are coming in to give interest free loans worth thousands of dollars to local businesses , certain has the feel that there trying to buy off local businesses before the by election and make sure the riding stays liberal )



Justin Trudeau’s “buy” election

May 13, 2018 Brian Lilley Canadian Politics 1
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Justin Trudeau gave $60 million to a company in Quebec and then called a by-election in the area.
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How much should a by-election, or make that “buy” election cost? There is the actual cost of running the vote and then there is the cost of politicians buying votes with tax dollars.

Last Thursday, Justin Trudeau engaged in the latter. The prime minister was in Saguenay announcing a $188 million research project backed backed by Apple. The feds are putting $60 million of your tax dollars, Apple is putting in $13 million and the Quebec government $60 million.

The rest of the funds will come from aluminum giants Alcoa and Rio Tinto.

On Sunday, days after Trudeau made the announcement, he called a by-election for the region for June 18, 2018.

Brazen vote buying.

It’s bad enough that Trudeau is giving tens of millions of dollars to this private company. It’s bad enough that the feds get nothing for it (Quebec gets 3.5% for it’s $60 million.) It’s bad enough that Apple, a prime beneficiary could have funded the whole thing without missing a dime but Trudeau still gave the project money.

But now we add a by-election. It’s hard not to call this a “buy” election.


The Liberals won the riding of Chicoutimi—Le Fjord in 2015, stealing it away from the NDP. The last time the Liberals had won the seat was 2000 with former PC MP Andre Harvey. This is a riding that they want to keep and they will do what they can to make sure it happens.

Special treatment for a pipeline.

This is the same area where a pipeline project was proposed in 2014. The plan for Energie Sauenay is to build a 650 kilometre pipeline linking to an existing natural gas pipeline in Eastern Ontario. From there the plan is to build a liquefied natural gas facility and export gas brought in from Western Canada.

Unlike the now defunct Energy East oil pipeline, this one was not subject to upstream and downstream emissions.


It was the Trudeau government’s decision to subject Energy East to the more stringent test that killed that pipeline. In 2013, TransCanada proposed the Energy East project, a year before Energie Sauguenay. The difference is the Liberals want this seat but don’t care about Alberta.

I wrote about that angle, and confirmation of the double standard from Catherine McKenna’s office here.

Anything for the win.

In sports we appreciate a team that will do anything for the win, aside from cheating. I’d say it’s fair to say the Liberals are cheating to win this seat.

They made this big announcement just before the by-election was called. Trudeau waited until almost the deadline to call the by-election, was this to squeeze in the announcement first? And in using different rules for pipelines depending on whether they create jobs in a Quebec riding the Liberals covet is putting a big finger on the scales.

Governing parties always have certain benefits simply from being in power. Using the public treasury and changing public policy based on political calculus is the exact opposite of what we all expect from our political leaders.

I’d say that Justin Trudeau and his team should be ashamed of themselves but I’m not sure they can feel shame.


http://brianlilley.com/justin-.....-election/
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Can Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives challenge Justin Trudeau in his home province?

By Kevin Dougherty. Published on May 14, 2018 1:45pm


Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood



QUEBEC – A byelection June 18 in Quebec’s Chicoutimi—Le Fjord riding will be a test of Andrew Scheer’s new strategy in the province, which calls for winning the votes of Quebec nationalists, who used to vote for the Bloc Québécois.

At a weekend meeting of his Conservatives in St-Hyacinthe, Que., Michel Gauthier, briefly leader of the Bloc in 1996, then No. 2 as the Bloc’s Parliamentary house leader until 2007, signed a Conservative Party of Canada membership card.

Gauthier had praise for Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper, saying they understood Quebec and said Scheer’s party was the best choice to defeat the Liberals of Justin Trudeau, accused by Gauthier of centralizing power in Ottawa.

He pointed to the battle between Quebec, which wants to ban home-grown marijuana, and the Trudeau Liberals, whose Bill C-45 would allow it.

For Gauthier, the Bloc’s “future is behind it” with no prospect of a third independence referendum.

And as a fiscal conservative, he can’t understand how the Liberals can run deficit budgets.

“We have full employment, full economic prosperity, your stock market shares are rising, but there is a $26-billion deficit, according to the Parliamentary Budget Officer,” Gauthier said.

Quebecers now are the only Canadians filing two income tax returns, to Ottawa and Quebec City. In St-Hyacinthe, the Conservatives called for a single income-tax return, to be filed to the province, which already collects the federal Goods and Services Tax.

Delegates also endorsed tougher measures to deal with irregular migrants crossing into Canada from the United States.

As well as Gauthier, Yves Lévesque, the colourful mayor of Trois-Rivières, signed a Tory membership card in St-Hyacinthe, and indicated he could run for the party in the 2019 election.

Gauthier will be 69 in 2019 and while he has ruled out the possibility he will be a candidate, he said he would campaign for Conservative candidate Richard Martel in the June 19 byelection.

Martel is well known in Chicoutimi—Le Fjord as the former coach of the local junior hockey team, the Saguenéens de Chicoutimi.

Chicoutimi—Le Fjord voted Liberal in 2015, NDP in 2011 and Bloc in 2008. Conservatives and Créditistes have won the seat on the past, suggesting the riding, vacated by Liberal Denis Lemieux for family reasons, could be in play.

The Bloc Québécois dominated federal politics in Quebec from 1993 until 2011, when the Orange Wave of the NDP swept the province.

Jack Layton’s NDP took 59 Quebec seats of its 103 total that year, after Layton won the hearts of Quebecers as “un bon Jack” (a good guy) projecting a relaxed image on Radio-Canada’s influential Sunday night talk show Tout de monde en parle.

The campaign theme of the Bloc for successive elections was that only the Bloc could stop Stephen Harper winning a majority. In fact, the strong performance of the Bloc ensured Paul Martin’s minority Liberal win in 2004 and Harper minorities in 2006 and 2008.

With the Bloc falling to four seats in 2011, Harper finally win the majority, which proved to be his undoing in 2015, when Trudeau was seen as the leader most likely to defeat Harper, regarded by many voters as a crusty hardliner.

In that election, the Liberals won 40 of Quebec’s 78 seats, with the NDP falling to 16 and Bloc managing to win 10 seats, with fewer votes than in 2011.

Quebec was the only province where the Conservatives made gains in 2015, winning 12 seats after only holding five Quebec seats as the Orange Wave rolled over the province.

The Bloc now is in the throes of its own civil war, with seven of its 10 MPs leaving to form a new party called Québec Debout (Standup Quebec).

The dissidents object to Bloc leader Martine Ouellet’s stance that the Bloc’s only role in Ottawa is to promote the independence goal.

In a recent poll, only 31 per cent of Quebecers said he support a separate Quebec.

Ouellet only has three MPs. But she also has the party’s treasury, collected according to the number of votes received in the last election.

With Gauthier leading the effort, Scheer’s Conservatives hope the 20 to 40 per cent of Quebec voters who chose the Bloc in the past, with rally to his Conservatives in 2019.

Provincially, the Parti Québécois is third in the polls and Quebecers seem poised to reject the Quebec Liberals, electing François Legault, whose centre-right Coalition Avenir Québec resembles Progressive Conservative parties in other provinces.

Harper always refused invitations to appear on Tout le monde en parle. For the Tout de monde en parle’s season finale, Andrew Scheer was a guest. Scheer’s French is not as good as Harper’s but is passable.

Questioned about his social conservative beliefs, his opposition to gay marriage and pro-life stance, Scheer said he would not reopen these debates.

He was no Jack Layton, but his appearance may have reassured Quebecers he was no Stephen Harper either.



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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chicoutimi—Le Fjord isn't a must win for the Tories;
But it is a must improve.

In 2015 the CPC finished 4th at nearly half the votes of the winning Liberals;
But at least close in 2008.

Richard Martel has had the CPC nomination since December and has been incredibly active since. He is a well known commodity and a great get.

Anything short of a very strong second would be greatly disappointing.
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