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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:36 am    Post subject: Quebec Provincial Election on October 1 Reply with quote

( the main political event of this fall is clearly the quebec provincial election , the CAQ has a lead in the polls and won some by elections in the lead up to this election . although its unclear if they can seal the deal and end years of liberal rule .

its also an odd election ballot in quebec this year , there is an attempt to start a provincial ndp party and there running some candidates . there is also " conservative " candidates not affiliated with the federal party and a provincial green party running some candidates . also the "CAP " party, citizens pour quebec , who's name just happens to be very similar to the now defunct Canadian action party

is also a far left wing party in quebec , the quebec solidaire who has 3 seats in montreal and runs candidates province wide although only polling around 10 % province wide

the faith of the PQ is also uncertain and if they can even hold onto the seats they currently have , polling much lower than years past )

Quebec election campaign to kick off as Liberals seek new mandate

The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:12AM EDT

MONTREAL - Quebec political parties are at the starting line as the provincial election campaign kicks off today.

Campaign buses will fan out across the province for the next 39 days as the parties jockey for votes ahead of the Oct. 1 election.

Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard is expected meet with his cabinet for a brief meeting at 9 a.m. before walking to the office of Lt.-Gov. J. Michel Doyon some 30 minutes later.

Following a brief meeting, Doyon will sign two decrees formalizing the dissolution of the legislature and the start of the election campaign.

With the exception of a 19-month Parti Quebecois minority government between 2012 and 2014, the Liberals have been in power since 2003.

Couillard is seeking his second mandate as premier after winning a majority in April 2014, but the polls in recent months have suggested the Coalition Avenir Quebec is favoured.

The Liberal leader will speak to reporters following the election call before heading out on the campaign trail.

Some 50 days before election day, Couillard announced the campaign would begin Thursday and span 39 days - the longest possible under Quebec electoral law.

Liberal strategists have said privately it means more time for the Coalition under the microscope, but Couillard added the extra days were necessary because of the Labour Day weekend and the time needed to prepare for three debates.

Unofficially, parties have been on an election footing for months.

At dissolution, the Liberals will hold 68 seats, the PQ 28 and the Coalition 21.

There are also three Quebec solidaire members and five Independents in the 125-seat national assembly.


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A few facts and figures about the 2018 Quebec election campaign

The Canadian Press
August 22, 2018 02:20 PM

MONTREAL — A few facts and figures about the Quebec general election which will take place on Oct. 1:

Major parties: Liberal Party of Quebec, Coalition Avenir Quebec, Parti Quebecois, Quebec solidaire

Total number of registered political parties: 21

Party leaders: Philippe Couillard (Liberals); Francois Legault (Coalition); Jean-Francois Lisee (PQ), Manon Masse/Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (co-spokespersons, Quebec solidaire)

Ridings: 125

Standings at dissolution of legislature: Liberals, 68; PQ, 28; Coalition, 21; Quebec solidaire, 3; Independents: 5

Number of leaders' debates: 3 (Radio-Canada, Sept. 13; CBC, Sept. 17; TVA, Sept. 20)

Major campaign issues: health care, immigration, labour shortages, education, jobs, economy, secularism

Last provincial election: April 7, 2014

Number of eligible voters in 2014: 6,012,440

Number of eligible voters who voted in 2014: 4,295,055

Voter participation in 2014: 71.43 per cent

Source: National assembly, Elections Quebec, The Canadian Press


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Analysis: Welcome to the battle for Quebec – with sovereignty off the table

And we're off. For the next 39 days, the leaders of Quebec's four big political parties will do all they can to woo your vote

Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette
Updated: August 22, 2018

QUEBEC — It will be a unique, dare we say, Canadian-style election.

The campaign Premier Philippe Couillard kicks off Thursday with a visit to the lieutenant-governor will — for the first time in a long, long time — focus on the bread-and-butter issues of the day.

Who of the four leaders will make the best premier? Who do you trust to run the economy? Who has the best daycare plan? Where do the parties stand on taxes, health-care services, education, immigration, language, environment, transit?

Name it, it’s on the table. Voting day is Oct. 1. Welcome to the battle for Quebec.

What’s out, more or less, is the old federalism-sovereignty debate. That in itself is a first in 40 years in Quebec. In this campaign, no party is talking referendums.

The Parti Québécois has not abandoned the independence idea — far from it — but that is not what the focus will be during the next 39 days as the campaign caravans set out to criss-cross Quebec.

Instead, there is a far more powerful force lingering in the late summer air, one that has sitting politicians shaking in their boots. That is the desire for change after almost 15 years of Liberal rule.

Poll after poll shows Quebecers are tired of the same old, same old. Add to the mix record levels of dissatisfaction with the way things are and you have a potent cocktail in your glass.

Couillard admits the Liberals have their work cut out for them. Clearly, they are starting this campaign on the defensive.

“It’s always a challenge, everywhere, for an incumbent government,” Couillard said Wednesday at an event in Montreal. “By definition, everyone will be opposed to an incumbent government.”

“But look at the auditor general’s report. It’s incredible what we have managed to do.”

If Quebecers are in for a roller-coaster campaign, recent campaigns in North America reveal a few incontestable givens.

First, campaigns matter, big time. Ask Doug Ford in Ontario, Thomas Mulcair in Ottawa, Denis Coderre in Montreal. That includes the all-important televised leaders debates watched by millions, and in this campaign there are three, including one in English.

Second, voters are a fickle bunch. No longer happy to just vote the way their parents did, they shop around. Their final decision is often made at the last minute, a fact that drives pollsters bananas.

The mood is volatile, to say the least. A Léger poll of voter intentions published Aug. 18 in the Québecor media chain revealed 45 per cent of voters who have made up their minds say they could change them in the coming days.

Leading in the polls, the CAQ vote is especially fluid, says Léger president Jean-Marc Léger.

“When it comes to the CAQ vote, the Jell-O has not congealed,” Léger said. “It is an intention, a favourable feeling, but we are a long way from votes in the box.”

The poll uncovered one other new worrisome tidbit for the Liberals: people age 45 and up who usually vote for them have strayed to the CAQ.

The Liberals are surprisingly solid among the 18- to 34-year-old crowd, which in this campaign will total 28 per cent of eligible voters for the first time in history. The trouble with that demographic is they tend to not actually vote.

But this campaign has a new dynamic, one observers are underestimating, says Christian Dufour, a political analyst who has been observing campaigns for years.

Dufour says the shelving of the traditional referendum issue has sparked a massive rush to the centre of the spectrum by all the parties.

“Since there is no debate on the national question, and no debate between the left and the right, the election will become a referendum on Philippe Couillard,” Dufour said in an interview.

“In other words, do Quebecers want to keep the Liberals in office or not?”

On the other hand, CAQ’s main vulnerability lies in its lack of experience, even if most observers agree the party won the pre-campaign period hands down while the Liberals stumbled almost daily.

And what of the mood in Quebec’s English-speaking community? The word angst comes to mind.

Traditional Liberal voters, in this election anglophones have to decide if they believe CAQ Leader François Legault, a former Parti Québécois cabinet minister, when he says he is no longer interested in independence and will not hold a referendum if he takes power.

“There is no hidden agenda,” Legault said, addressing the community directly in a speech to a party policy convention in May. “With the CAQ, no referendum, no ambiguity, no shrewd tricks. It’s clear.

“With us, it’s within Canada — plain and simple. There’s no threat of referendum anymore, so there’s no reason to stick with the Liberal Party, which has taken you for granted for decades.”

“Free yourself. Join the team for change.”

The Liberals, who have spent months trying to patch up relations with the community, continue to try to shore up the vote.

Couillard has floated the idea that Legault has a hidden agenda, that he says one thing in French and another in English, one thing in Montreal and another in the regions.

In an August interview with the Journal de Montréal, Couillard said be believes Legault might actually be hiding a referendum up his sleeve.

“Mr. Legault says he wants to ask for more powers from Ottawa,” Couillard said. “What if it’s no? He might do referendums if things don’t work out. In a debate like this (federalism versus sovereignty), we cannot sit on the fence.”

It appears the Liberals will try to kick-start the issue, but it’s unclear the strategy will work. At an event last week at Concordia University organized by the Institut du Nouveau Monde, which drew 700 people, only one question out of the 25 from the audience to the four leaders present was connected to the issue of independence.

The issue that did stir up emotions that evening and could emerge as deal breaker is immigration; specifically, the CAQ’s plan to reduce the number of immigrants admitted to Quebec by 20 per cent a year and impose French language tests on those who do get in.

Failing to pass the test in three years would mean the new arrival would not get a Canada citizenship selection certificate.

After being attacked about the plan last spring, Legault softened his position to say Quebec cannot actually expel anyone because it is a federal jurisdiction. What that means is they would be allowed to stay, but would exist in a grey zone without any particular status.

“It’s clear the plan does not please some people,” Legault said after the Concordia meeting in reference to the boos he got in the hall. “But several people came to see me after to say they agreed with me.”

Legault has not hesitated to play the identity card when needed. A week ago, he returned to the theme, saying in a TVA interview picked up by the Journal de Montréal that if elected he will make state secularism a priority with legislation barring persons in authority positions from wearing religious symbols within the first year in office.

If Ottawa contests the law, a CAQ government would not hesitate to override the Charter of Rights using the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause, he said.

As the front-runner, Legault has a lot riding on this campaign. Having spent 10 years building up the CAQ from scratch, he needs to produce results or move on.

PQ Leader Jean-François Lisée has his own set of problems. Since taking over the party, he has watched support slip away to the CAQ. The PQ currently has the support of 18 per cent of voters.

Lisée has responded saying there’s nothing he likes better than to play the role of underdog.

But the PQ finds itself in an all-out war with Québec solidaire led by the duo of Manon Massé and former student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois because negotiations aimed at reaching a non-aggression pact flopped.

Under the current projections, the PQ could be reduced from 28 seats in the legislature to about six, which is the same number QS could win.

QS, which has three seats, is thinking big in the campaign, saying it will make inroads off the island. Massé, with her no-nonsense manner of speaking, has emerged as their best asset. She is the one who will tangle with the other leaders in the debates.

With nothing to lose, watch for Massé to steal the show.

“Let me tell you, it’s going to rock,” Massé said in May.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Quebec Liberals are one of the most crafty and creative political parties in the Nation;

While they may be starting the election down six points, they have always been incredibly effective at making the election about an issue that is the "most pressing matter to the Province" during the context of the election but largely moot the day after it.

The challenge the Liberals have is they are outflanked on the center-left by the PQ and SQ and on the right the CAQ appears very strong in rural Quebec and Suburban Quebec.

They are going to have to dance a fine line this election to have a chance.

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Quebec election notebook: Day 1

CTV Montreal
Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 6:24PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:45PM EDT

The election campaign is officially underway, with parties going out in full force on Thursday.

Philippe Couillard and the Liberals kicked things off in Quebec City.

The premier got a tour of the bus that will shuttle him around the province for the next five weeks.

He told his volunteers that he was proud of the work they'd done since 2014.

The CAQ started its campaign in Montreal, with leader Francois Legault positioning himself as the only person who could replace Couillard.

Quebec Solidaire began its push in Villeray.

The party has three seats, all in the province's biggest city.

They said that that number would increase come Oct. 1.

The PQ started its tour in Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

The party's colourful bus drew plenty of attention.

Leader Jean-Francois Lisee was embracing the PQ's underdog status.


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Quebec election: PQ's Lisée ahead in his riding, poll says

Trailing badly in the polls, the Parti Québécois will take whatever good news it can.

Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette
Updated: August 26, 2018

PQ leader Jean-Francois Lisee launches his campaign with deputy-leader Veronique Hivon and other local candidates in St-Hilaire, Que. on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Quebecers will go to the polls on Oct. 1. Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Trailing badly in the polls, the Parti Québécois will take whatever good news it can.

After speculation that party leader Jean-François Lisée was in trouble in his own riding, a new poll suggests he has a healthy lead over Québec Solidaire rival Vincent Marissal. Lisée notched 34.6 per cent support versus Marissal’s 25.8 per cent in the Rosemont riding, according to a poll by the Repère Communication firm.

After three days of campaigning in 16-hour bursts, the PQ is still a distant third in voter intentions. The party trails the leading Coalition Avenir Québec by roughly 20 per cent and the Liberals by about 18.

On Saturday, Marissal told reporters that Lisée’s Rosemont constituents find him worn down. Both candidates were at a street festival in the Montreal-East neighbourhood on Saturday and Lisée was back in the riding again on Sunday.

“When I was walking through the riding yesterday, you saw the amount of people who know me and who I know by their first name,” said Lisée. “We’ve stood shoulder to shoulder together in many, many fights.”

Marissal, for his part, says he can’t walk to the corner store in Rosemont without stopping a half-dozen times to talk with supporters.

That may explain why Lisée decided to accept a debate against Marissal next month.

“Nothing is taken for granted, it’s a real fight,” said Lisée. “It didn’t even cross my mind that as a candidate in Rosemont, I wouldn’t debate against the other candidates.

“If you’re a party leader, it’s because your riding elected you. So pay respect to your constituents by debating the other candidates. … It’s a normal thing to do.”

Lisée said party leaders Philippe Couillard, François Legault and Manon Massé should all “pay respect” to their ridings and debate against local opponents.

The news from Sunday’s survey isn’t all good. About one in four respondents told the firm they don’t know who to vote for or simply refused to pick a candidate. In other words, the district is still very much up for grabs.

PQ vice-chief Véronique Hivon, meanwhile, is well ahead in her riding, raking in some 60 per cent of likely voters, according to the poll.

Pollsters surveyed 400 people per riding and has a margin of error of five per cent.


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August 25, 2018 12:59 pm Updated: August 25, 2018 5:13 pm

CAQ boasts highest percentage of women in Quebec election campaign

By The Canadian Press

The Coalition Avenir Québec has boasted that it will have more women than men running in the provincial election campaign _ a big change for the party, which opinion polls suggest is leading the governing Liberals.

The CAQ says it will have 65 women and 60 men seeking office on Oct. 1, which it claims is the highest percentage of women candidates ever attained by a Quebec political party.

“I think it’s important that all parties present as many women as possible,” CAQ leader Francois Legault said Saturday during a campaign stop just outside Montreal.

“I’ve already said that if I’m chosen on Oct. 1, we’ll have a cabinet where half of the members will be women.”

In the past, the CAQ had the lowest percentage of women candidates among the main political parties. During the last provincial election in 2014, only 21 per cent of its candidates were women.

The only party that has come close to the CAQ’s new gender balance is the small, nationalist Quebec solidaire, which typically runs about 63 female candidates in provincial elections. One of that party’s two co-leaders is a woman, but the party only had three seats in the legislature at dissolution.

The Quebec Liberal party had nominated 49 women candidates as of Aug. 25, representing 44 per cent of the 116 candidates that have already been chosen by the governing party.

On the campaign trail, Liberal leader Philippe Couillard promised to open 25 additional “super clinics” if his party is re-elected. He made the commitment in the Quebec City region on Saturday, the third day of the campaign.

During its previous mandate, the governing Liberals promised to open 50 super clinics, and 49 of them are now in operation. The clinics are open seven days a week, 12 hours day, and offer a broader range of services than typical family medicine groups.

Couillard claimed the number of low-priority visits to hospital emergency rooms for minor ailments has dropped by 75,000 thanks to the super clinics.

“I see no other explanation,” he told reporters on Saturday.

The Liberal leader also promised to amend the law to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children.

“You can count on the fact that all the basic vaccines that you have in your child’s calendar will be possible to get at the pharmacy,” he said.

Couillard also said that to make life simpler for parents, a second health insurance card will be supplied for children under the age of 14.

Meantime, during his first campaign visit to his Montreal area riding of Rosemont, Parti Québecois leader Jean-Francois Lisée focused on urban agriculture.

He said that a PQ government would promote the installation of rooftop greenhouses, but added it would only apply to new construction.

Lisee also criticized Legault for his proposal to raise the legal age for cannabis use in Quebec to 21 from 18.

“The reality is that most of the weed bought in Quebec today is by people between the ages of 18 and 21,” Lisée said on Saturday.

“The CAQ position is that they should keep going to organized crime to buy their weed.”

The PQ leader said his party’s position is that users should go to the stores being set up by the Quebec government to get their supply.


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Both leading parties in Quebec woo electorate with unusual promises of who will be next Health Minister

André Picard

Published August 26, 2018

Updated 11 hours ago

Cabinet positions usually get decided after an election but, in the early days of the Quebec provincial campaign, one of the dominant storylines has been who will be the next health minister.

In an unusual move, Premier Philippe Couillard introduced rookie Liberal Party candidate Gertrude Bourdon by saying she would be the next health minister.

His rival, François Legault, leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party, followed by hinting strongly that Danielle McCann would take the helm of the massive health portfolio after a CAQ victory.

Even more noteworthy than who the new provincial health minister could be is who definitely will not be health minister.

Taking Gaétan Barrette – who has been Health Minister for the past four years – out of the equation is being widely hailed as bolstering the Liberal chances of re-election.

Mr. Barrette has been a polarizing figure. Still, he is loyal to Premier Couillard and, as such, has been promised the post of Treasury Board president.

A recent public opinion survey found that 81 per cent of Quebeckers, including 60 per cent of Liberal voters, did not want Mr. Barrette to return as health minister. But that poll was commissioned by the CAQ, so perhaps it should be taken with a grain of salt. Not to mention that being a health minister in any jurisdiction is a virtual guarantee of unpopularity.

The Health Minister’s nickname, “Bulldozer Barrette,” is well-earned. He is not exactly a master of tact, but he did get things done.

Mr. Barrette shrunk the provincial health bureaucracy – although he did fall short of a promised “structural and cultural revolution.” He also put the screws to doctors, particularly with rules that forced them to work after-hours and in the ER.

The reforms translated into 1.1 million more Quebeckers having a family physician than when he took office, and the province opened 49 “super-clinics” to take pressure off overcrowded emergency rooms.

But there are two things that hurt Mr. Barrette’s reputation more than anything: His brusque ways made him look unsympathetic to patients and families, as demonstrated by his dismissive response to media reports that residents of provincial nursing homes were being bathed only once a week; and, while he talked tough with doctors, medical specialists were awarded huge increases in fees.

This put a lot of noses out of joint among health-care professionals, particularly nurses, who have borne the brunt of the government’s austerity measures. The deal is also notable because, before entering politics, Mr. Barrette headed the provincial association of medical specialists.

The CAQ is taking aim at that labour contract with specialists, vowing to rip it up and save taxpayers $1-billion.

Just before the election campaign officially started, there were media reports that Ms. Bourdon, chief executive of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, would be the CAQ’s star candidate and future health minister.

But, apparently, she had a change of heart because she felt that ripping up a signed deal would be wrong and became a Liberal candidate instead.

The CAQ exacted some political revenge for the flip-flop by leaking Ms. Bourdon’s private e-mail exchanges with the party which, among other things, saw her asking for an 8-per-cent increase in the health budget. That could come back to haunt her if she does end up as Liberal health minister.

The CAQ also acted quickly to find its own future health minister to present to the public. Ms. McCann is the former head of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal, a large regional health agency.

Ms. McCann made clear that she would have no problem tearing up the contract with specialists and renegotiating a new deal that would be less costly to the treasury.

In the process, Mr. Legault dashed the hopes of Lionel Carmant, a pediatric neurologist at Sainte-Justine Hospital, who was widely touted as health minister material.

If the polls are to be believed, the Quebec election, which will take place on Oct. 1, is essentially a two-way race between the Liberals and the CAQ. The two other major parties, Parti Québécois and Québec solidaire, are given little chance of forming government.

That means that the next provincial health minister will be a woman and a seasoned health administrator. That’s a seismic shift in a province that has had a male doctor in charge of the health portfolio for the past 15 years.

As Premier Couillard (himself a doctor) said: “It’s 2018, time for a new era, a new perspective.”


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Quebec election: Liberals pledge free dental care for teens, seniors

Couillard outlines proposal during campaign in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, where the CAQ is predicting it will sweep all five ridings.

René Bruemmer, Montreal Gazette
Updated: August 26, 2018

Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, right, with Neuville Mayor Bernard Gaudreau and Gaudreau’s children on Saturday, Aug. 25.

CHICOUTIMI — Liberal leader Philippe Couillard has promised to extend free dental care to children 16 and younger and to low-revenue seniors, continuing the party’s campaign theme of easing the lives of families now that provincial coffers are flush.

He made the pledge on Sunday in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, where early front-runner Coalition Avenir Québec is predicting it will sweep all five ridings, including Couillard’s.

On Saturday, the incumbent premier pledged to give every child two medicare cards each to make lives easier for parents, especially those who are sharing custody of their children. He also promised 25 new super clinics to provide access to care, and to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines.

In the case of dental care, only children under 10 and Quebecers on welfare receive free coverage, about 620,000 recipients. The Liberals’ proposal could see opposition from the province’s dentists, who have been in a contract dispute with the government for three years, in part because they say they’re not being remunerated fairly for services covered under the public health system. The extended coverage would apply to an additional 1 million Quebecers and cost roughly $150 million a year, the Liberals said.

Seniors, age 65 or over and living alone with a revenue of less than $18,096, or a couple with revenues of $40,000 or less would qualify. The Liberals estimate the program will result in average savings of $330 yearly for a family with two teenagers.

Quebec stopped covering dental costs for children up to the age of 16 in 1992. “This proposal will encourage citizens to consult their dentist to better prevent dental problems. To get there, we are doubling the budget allocated to dental health,” Couillard said at a campaign stop at the dental hygiene department of the CEGEP de Chicoutimi.

Poor dental health often has a significant impact on seniors, he said. “Often it can be painful. At some point, seniors will just stop eating, and that’s a major health issue, if you’re already frail. … We talk about broken hips, but oral health is also a huge factor.”

The Liberals under former premier Jean Charest promised to extend coverage to 16-year-olds during the 2012 election campaign, but lost. Asked why his party didn’t initiate it when he was elected in 2014, Couillard said the government had less financial freedom then.

Québec solidaire has promised to provide full or partial dental coverage for all Quebecers if elected, arguing one in four people can’t afford a dentist visit. They cited health statistics indicating Quebec children have up to 50 per cent more cavities than their North American counterparts.

Couillard said Quebec solidaire’s promise amounted to a pipe dream that would cost $1 billion a year. “For this type of idea to come true, it has to be reasonably framed in what the government can afford, what taxpayers can afford,” he said.

The Liberals’ proposal should please the province’s dentists because it falls in line with their demands for extended public coverage, Couillard said. The other demands, over money, will be negotiated in due course, he said.

After his announcement and a stop at an indoor playground in Chicoutimi, Couillard’s caravan headed to his home riding of Roberval, on Lac St-Jean. At a cramped riding office in the town of St-Félicien, nearly 100 supporters, many of them grey of hair, heard Couillard pledge to continue to bring projects and jobs to the area, and remind them he is the only Quebec premier to settle in the regions as opposed to an urban centre.

His wife, Suzanne Pilote, is from the Roberval area. He is not, which makes him a “white blueberry,” he joked, a reference to the region’s famous crop. A poll in late July indicated support for the CAQ was at 29 per cent in Roberval, even though a candidate had not yet been announced, and still hasn’t been. Support for the Liberals was at 27 per cent. In the five ridings in the region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, two are held by the Liberals and three by the Parti Québécois.


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(liberals doing well with the younger crowd although they may not vote , surprising the quebec solidaire and PQ did not score a better % among this demographic )

Quebec election: Liberals drawing more youth vote than other parties, poll says

A Léger poll conducted for the Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir concludes 35 per cent of Quebec youth plan to vote Liberal Oct. 1.

Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette
Updated: August 28, 2018

QUEBEC — Another public opinion poll has confirmed Quebec’s youth are flocking to the Liberals and not the competing parties.

One week into the election campaign, a Léger poll conducted for the Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir concludes 35 per cent of Quebec youth plan to vote Liberal Oct. 1.

That figure is considerably higher than the Coalition Avenir Québec’s support in the same demographic (youths age 18-34.) The CAQ score is 26 per cent.

Even more surprising, say pollsters, is that youth seem hardly interested in the more left-leaning parties. The Parti Québécois score in the same age group is 16 per cent. Québec solidaire has the support of eight per cent while the Green Party has nine per cent.

The full results of the Léger poll including party standings will be published Wednesday on the various platforms of the Montreal Gazette.

“The Liberals are the first choice of the 18-bto 34-year-old crowd,” said Léger vice-president Christian Bourque. “This is an entirely new position for the party.”

Traditionally, the most solid base of Liberal support is with older Quebecers.

The support for youth is a mixed blessing as historically they tend to not vote


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( the CAQ party president and MNA for la prairie has suddenly resigned and not running in the election )

CAQ president resigns amid continued controversy over business interests

CTV Montreal
Published Tuesday, August 28, 2018 6:03PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 28, 2018 9:43PM EDT

Six days into the election campaign, the CAQ finds itself without a party president.

On Tuesday afternoon, Stephane Le Bouyonnec tendered his resignation and will not be running in La Prairie.

The news came just moments after leader Francois Legault was grilled by journalists about Le Bouyonnec’s business ties.

Earlier in the summer, it was reported that he had ties to iCash, an online money lender that profits from high-interest loans outside of Quebec.

He also served as the president of the board of Techbanx, a company involved in speeding up the loan process through algorithms.

In June, Le Bouyonnec divested himself of those interests by giving up his shares in iCash and resigning from the board of Techbanx.

Still, during the campaign, Le Bouyonnec had been harassed on social media about his now-previous business ties.

In a statement in French on his Facebook page, Le Bouyonnec said he didn’t want to become a distraction to the party and its election goals.

“I am deeply convinced that I have acted ethically during my career, both private and public,” he said.

He also thanked his constituents.

Le Bouyonnec served as the MNA for La Prairie from 2012 to 2014.

“Do not be sad or disappointed in my decision today,” he said. “It was taken in the best interest of the party.”

The timing of his resignation raises questions about whether there could be other reasons he stepped down.

No replacement CAQ candidate for La Prairie has been announced yet.


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Quebec election: CAQ leading, but Liberals still in the game, poll shows

New Léger poll shows non-francophones are flocking back to the Liberals, while the CAQ maintains a hold on the francophone vote in the regions.

Philip Authier, Montreal Gazette
Updated: August 29, 2018

Despite efforts by Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault to make inroads in the minority community, 69 per cent of non-francophones say they plan to vote Liberal on Oct. 1. Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS

QUEBEC — The Coalition Avenir Québec continues to lead the pack in provincial voter intentions but Quebec’s Liberals are far from dead, making fresh gains as non-francophones drift back to the party, a new poll suggests.

Despite efforts by CAQ Leader François Legault to make inroads in the minority community, 69 per cent of non-francophones say they plan to vote Liberal on Oct. 1. That’s a seven percentage point increase over the last 10 days.

It’s not quite the 80 per cent levels the Liberal Party used to bask in, but combined with other factors — including Philippe Couillard creeping up in the category of voter trust, pollsters say the Liberals are still in the game.

The CAQ lead remains fragile and this poll was conducted before the bad optics of Tuesday’s stunning resignation — in the middle of the campaign — of CAQ party president and candidate Stéphane Le Bouyonnec.

After almost one full week of campaigning, the new Léger poll conducted for the Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir pegs support for the CAQ at 37 per cent, a point higher than a similar poll by Léger 10 days earlier.

Philippe Couillard’s Liberals are up, by two percentage points, to 32 per cent, largely because of the Montreal vote coming back to the fold. The city’s voters have apparently ignored the party’s early stumbles over the ousting of Liberal MNA François Ouimet in the Marquette riding.

In fact, Léger vice-president Christian Bourque says that incident and the controversy surrounding new Liberal candidate Gertrude Bourdon — who flirted with several parties before deciding to run for the Liberals — remains a minor blip in the minds of voters.

Bourque warned the increases are within the poll’s margin of error so they should be treated with caution, but said the poll shows the election is still a horse race between the CAQ and the Liberals.

“If the CAQ loses one or two points of their lead, all the scenarios change,” Bourque said. “And at 32 per cent, it would be a mistake to assume the Liberals are beaten.”

Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée, who has been campaigning like his life depends on it, got a bit of good news too, as his support is up a percentage point, from 18 per cent to 19 per cent.

In the PQ’s case, any move upward is good news. At 18 per cent they risk being reduced to a rump of six MNAs lost in the curtains in the back of the legislature.

Any increase in the PQ vote will hurt the CAQ, because they are considered nationalist voters.

The only party that sees its support slide is the left-wing Québec solidaire. It has plunged by two percentage points, from 10 per cent to 8 per cent after only one week on the campaign trail.

Its loss, particularly in the francophone vote category, appears to be the PQ’s gain, Bourque said.

He said Quebecers still see QS as a marginal political force despite this campaign, where they are trying to play in the big leagues with their own campaign bus and slick advertising posters.

What is also surprising is the lack of QS support among youth, which in this election will represent a third of all voters.

QS has the support of 8 per cent of voters in the 18 to 34 age category. It is Quebec’s Liberals who are winning here with a solid 35 per cent support. The CAQ trails with 26 per cent and the PQ has 16 per cent.

“This is an entirely new position for the party,” said Bourque. “The Liberals have found a niche by being more open on immigration.”

Legault was recently booed at Concordia University when he tried to defend the party’s vision of cutting the number of immigrants and making it harder for them to live here.

The demographic flip-flop is complete. The CAQ is attracting the more conservative senior voters who used to support the Liberals with zeal. Léger says in the over 55 category, the CAQ has the support of 38 per cent of voters, compared with 33 per cent for the Liberals.

The CAQ is also beating all the other parties in the women’s vote category. Thirty-seven per cent said they would vote CAQ, compared with 33 per cent Liberal.

The Liberals remain weak in the critical francophone-only category of voters. Scattered in rural ridings, those votes are critical to win any election because they represent more individual ridings. The Liberal vote is concentrated in a few Montreal ridings.

The CAQ has a comfortable and so far stable advance among these voters, with support pegged at 42 per cent. The PQ follows with 23 per cent, while the Liberals have 21 per cent. The Liberals and PQ are up a percentage point each in the category, but that is not enough.

Where CAQ support is down is among non-francophones, despite Legault’s repeated promises never to hold a sovereignty referendum. The Liberals say he is not to be trusted.

“The Liberal improvement is in large part attributable to the return of its traditional vote,” Bourque said.

Bourque added the Liberals’ parade of announcements in the first week seemed to ring true, with the level of dissatisfaction in the Couillard government down from 64 per cent in August to 59 per cent now.

Legault is considered the best person to be premier by 26 per cent of the sample, but Couillard is up four percentage points in the same section to 20 per cent. The level of satisfaction in the Liberals is also up — to 32 per cent.

“There was something about Mr. Couillard’s first week of campaigning that pleased a significant group of voters,” Bourque said. “Mr. Legault is in first place, but it’s been a good first campaign week for Liberals.”

The poll arrived on the same day as Couillard dropped the gloves with Legault, naming him directly in his speeches and saying he is a threat to Quebec’s economy.

But many Quebecers are still indulging in a favourite pastime, which is to vote strategically; in other words, for the person with the best chances of winning even if they don’t agree with his ideas.

Forty-two per cent think the CAQ will win. Only 24 per cent think the Liberals will win. Fifty-two per cent think it will be a minority government. Forty-one per cent think it will be a majority government.

While 10 days ago 45 per cent of voters said they will probably change their minds, the number has slipped to 38 per cent.

The CAQ wins the vote for best slogan. Twenty-three per cent says “Maintenant” is the pithiest.

Léger’s internet survey of 1,010 people was conducted from Aug. 24 to 28. With this size sample, the margin of error is plus or minus 4.08 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


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Quebec election: Lisée denounces candidate who called Islam a 'menace'

Pierre Marcotte, who posted on social media that Islam should be banned "like we ban pit bulls," has been disqualified as a PQ candidate.

Jacob Serebrin, Montreal Gazette
Updated: August 29, 2018

Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee speaks during a nomination event during a campaign stop in the Montreal riding of Rosemont, Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Lisée said his first reaction to seeing Pierre Marcotte's social media posts was "disgust." Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS

NICOLET — A Parti Québécois candidate who posted on social media that Islam should be banned “like we ban pit bulls” will not be allowed to stand for the party, said leader Jean-François Lisée on Wednesday morning.

Pierre Marcotte was selected as the party’s candidate in Drummond—Bois-Francs by the local riding association, but Lisée said he has a fundamental disagreement with Marcotte’s opinions and writings.

“This person will not be a Parti Québécois candidate; he does not represent the values of the Parti Québécois and, as of this morning, he is no longer a candidate,” Lisée said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Marcotte posted on Twitter that he was taking his official photo for campaign signs. By Wednesday morning, the party said it had officially disqualified Marcotte and that, technically, he had not been properly nominated by the riding association.

In social media posts, Marcotte described Islam as a “menace” and said immigrants to Quebec should be forced to eat bacon.

Lisée said his first reaction to seeing Marcotte’s social media posts was “disgust.”

“We consider Islam to be a religion as respectable as the others. It is the radicalism of a fringe that causes a problem, not the religion itself,” Lisée said.

Marcotte is also alleged to have ties to the far-right group La Meute.

This is the second time a PQ candidate has been accused of making Islamophobic comments on social media. In May, Muguette Paillé stepped down as the party’s candidate in Maskinongé after her posts came to light.

Lisée said he doesn’t believe the party has an Islamophobia problem.

“Anyone who believes that there’s a problem with Islam has a problem with the PQ platform,” he said. “And that’s fine.”

Lisée said the party should have reviewed Marcotte’s social media posts after he was nominated.


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Quebec election: Liberals vow more doctors, CAQ would subsidize kids' eyewear

The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 30, 2018 6:35PM EDT

MONTREAL -- The hot-button issue of health care burst into the spotlight in Quebec's election campaign Thursday in the form of promises for more family doctors as well as subsidized eyewear for youngsters.

Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard pledged to increase the number of family doctors available to Quebecers -- a contentious issue that dogged his government during its first mandate.

The Liberals want an additional 900,000 Quebecers to have a family doctor by the end of their second mandate in 2022.

Aware of opinion polls that consistently suggest health care appears to be voters' biggest concern, Couillard also said his government would spend an additional $200 million to hire nurse-practitioners, home-care personnel and other health-care staff.

But it was family doctors that dominated the health announcement, with the Liberals saying they will impose financial sanctions against doctors if the portion of Quebecers with a family doctor doesn't climb to 85 per cent from 80 per cent by the end of this year.

The 85 per cent target has been put off twice since last year.

"We can't keep shovelling this into the future, year after year," Couillard said on Day 8 of the 39-day campaign.

"And I think we can go even further by the end of the term. I think it's realistic to think we can be close to 90 per cent."

Couillard insisted there are enough doctors in the province and money in the network for the targets to be reached.

The Coalition Avenir Quebec, meanwhile, said it will reimburse up to $250 every two years for anyone 17 or under who needs glasses or contact lenses.

In making the promise, Coalition Leader Francois Legault said good vision is essential to success in school.

Currently, Quebec's health insurance board covers the cost of an eye exam for youngsters but not the purchase of eyewear.

Elsewhere on the campaign trail, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said he wants an additional 200,000 Quebecers to be working from home by 2025, which the party estimates would bring the number to 900,000.

The PQ would offer tax credits to private companies that allow employees stay at home to work.

Lisee believes having people work from home improves quality of life and also cuts down on traffic congestion.


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Christian Dubé leaves Caisse de dépôt to run for CAQ in La Prairie riding

His candidacy will be announced officially on Monday morning in the La Prairie riding

CBC News · Posted: Sep 02, 2018 7:59 PM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago

Christian Dubé has already been a Member of the National Assembly (MNA), representing the CAQ in the Lévis riding. He won the 2012 and 2014 elections with about 40 per cent of the vote. (Jacques Boissinot/Presse Canadienne)

Christian Dubé, the senior vice-president of Quebec's Caisse de dépôt et placement since 2014, has announced he's leaving the position and returning to provincial politics as a candidate for the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ).

Dubé's candidacy will be announced officially Monday morning in the La Prairie riding on Montreal's South Shore, where he'll be running.

"I'm very happy, but nothing is won in advance," party leader François Legault said at a scrum in Drummondville, Que., on Sunday.

"We have to take it with humility, but it's a bit like putting Ovechkin and Crosby and Kucherov and McDavid all on the same team," Legault said.

Dubé has previously served as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA), representing the CAQ in the Lévis riding. He won the 2012 and 2014 elections with about 40 per cent of the vote.

At the time, Dubé was the party's finance critic. But in August 2014, four months after his re-election, Dubé announced his withdrawal from politics.

He waived the severance pay to which he was entitled as a MNA.

Party leaders react

The La Prairie candidacy opened up when Stéphane LeBouyonnec withdrew in controversy earlier this week.

Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée criticized Dubé for his involvement, through his work at the Caisse, in the construction of the REM light rail trains. They are being built in India, rather than locally.

"He has a responsibility in one of the biggest economic mistakes in recent years in Quebec," Lisée said.

Liberal leader Philippe Couillard was less critical.

"It will be fascinating to see [Dubé's] coexistence with the party," Couillard said. "There will be questions to answer about the Caisse's independence. During the mandate, the CAQ regularly attacked the Caisse's independence."

In 2017, the Liberal government faced criticism from the CAQ for defending the Caisse and saying the body had the power to make the choice not to require local content for its rolling stock.

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