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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:47 am    Post subject: Chicoutimi by-election in Quebec April 11 Reply with quote

( there seems to be an endless amount of by-elections taking place across the country , saw another one is happening in quebec , in a PQ riding but one that has been close in the past and where liberals are trying to make in roads in the region )

Liberals hope to gain seat in Chicoutimi by-election

The Liberals are hoping for an upset in next month’s Chicoutimi by-election, in the vacated Parti Quebecois stronghold.

CTV Montreal
Published Monday, March 14, 2016 2:58PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 14, 2016 10:42PM EDT

A by-election takes place in Chicoutimi next month, in the Parti Quebecois stronghold that was vacated by Stephane Bedard last fall.

The PQ is confident of winning the seat again, even though the party only chose its candidate Monday night.

Bedard was MNA for 17 years, but the PQ has held that riding since 1976, when it was held by Bedard's father Marc-André.

In a vote held Monday night, Mireille Jean was chosen and the PQ candidate for the riding.


Stephane Bedard
Quebec government legislature Leader Stephane Bedard defends Premier Pauline Marois over allegations of a deal between a company owned by her family and a union leader, Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Bedard stepped down after party leading Pierre Karl Peladeau took away the job of House Leader and gave it to Bernard Drainville.

"That created some coolness to say the least," said political analyst Jean Lapierre.

However Bedard is still working with the PQ to help win the riding, appearing at a campaign event in January.

Jean-Francois Lisée said the PQ expects it will easily win again.

"I think the chances are very good. We have to work hard, of course, as in every by-election, but the record of the Couillard government in the regions is appalling," said the MNA.

The Liberal party, which last held the riding 80 years ago, is hopeful Francyne Gobeil can win the seat.

Lapierre concedes they have a slim chance.

"Stephane Bedard didn't win big last time. He won by 1600 votes. This time the Liberal candidate is the protegé of mayor Jean Tremblay who is very popular in Saguenay, but it's a very, very long shot," he said.

Last week Premier Philippe Couillard brought Gobeil to the National Assembly for a photo op on International Women's Day.

The PQ candidate will be chosen Monday evening at a nomination meeting. The three candidates are a firefighter, a businesswoman, and a former Bloc Quebecois candidate.

The by-election will be held on April 11.


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Hélène Girard: CAQ Candidate for Chicoutimi
Published on March 1 2016
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Hélène Girard: CAQ Candidate for Chicoutimi

Coalition Avenir Québec proudly presents its candidate for the by-election in Chicoutimi: Hélène Girard. The CAQ Leader, François Legault, made the official announcement on Tuesday, during a visit to various economic and political actors of the region.

Originally from the region, Hélène Girard has been working in the Saguenay media world for over 30 years. In particular, she was a radio host for CJMT and CFIX for over 20 years. Now a marketing consultant, her objective is to represent with pride the citizens of Saguenay at the National Assembly. “It is my pleasure to represent Coalition Avenir Québec in Chicoutimi. I am a proud resident of Chicoutimi. I hear and understand the challenges of the region, where people are smothered by the taxes that are implemented by this spineless Liberal government; they prefer to dip into taxpayers’ pockets rather than to cut in the bureaucracy and stimulate the economy. I find it outrageous that in 2015, 1200 jobs were lost in Saguenay. In that period of time, 115 families had to turn in the keys of their residence to their creditors. How can we stay idle and accept this? Couillard’s government has abandoned us. Today, my deep and sincere desire to improve the living conditions of the middle class, is what drives me to get involved in politics”, she supports sympathetically, being herself a mother from the community.

Mrs. Girard believes that the CAQ is the only political party that can end the Liberal monopoly, by uniting nationalists in a project for economic recovery. “I believe that the only true option for a change is the CAQ, a party that sees job creation and economic revival as real priorities. Only the CAQ proposes to put money back in the pockets of taxpayers. Only the CAQ recommends to provide the regions with the tools required to fulfill their economic potential. And finally, only the CAQ makes the fight against school dropout a true priority, and does not put in compromise our future generations”, declares the business woman, filled with passion for her community.

Her involvement in the community is remarkable: She is a lifetime sponsor in the Walk for Hope (Marche de L’espoir), to research multiple sclerosis, and she was also the Telethon host for cerebral palsy during five years

Economy, Economy, Economy.

François Legault had no doubt that the candidate wearing the colors of the CAQ, will be someone from the region. “Hélène Girard was born in Chicoutimi. She has worked in Chicoutimi. She is well respected in her community. She understands the concerns and is aware of the priorities. Saguenay had a very rough economic year. I am telling you loud and clear, our priorities for the campaign are: Economy, economy, economy”, supports the CAQ Leader.

François Legault adds that the CAQ has already proposed many ambitious measures for the creation of remunerating jobs and reducing the financial burden. “I see fit here, the creation of a $5 billion Fund to revamp the manufacturing sector that will enable local companies to invest in state-of-the-art technology, in machinery and equipment to become more competitive. More investment in our businesses will yield more jobs, and more wealth. We also propose a $500 tax reduction per citizen, applicable starting next term, in Quebec. The CAQ’s two blue cornflowers are for our two guiding values: Pride and prosperity”, he concluded.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chicoutimi voters head to the polls today in provincial byelection

Polls are open today from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 11, 2016 7:17 AM ET| Last Updated: Apr 11, 2016 9:49 AM ET

PQ MNA Stéphane Bédard stepped down last October after 17 years at the National Assembly.

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Voters in Chicoutimi will go to the polls today in a provincial byelection to replace Parti Québécois MNA Stéphane Bédard.

Bédard stepped down last October after representing the riding for 17 years.

Bédard, who is a lawyer, was elected six times and served in the Pauline Marois cabinet as minister responsible for Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean. He said that he plans to return to his law career.

Polls are open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Six candidates are vying to replace Bédard. They are:
■Catherine Bouchard-Tremblay, Option nationale.
■Pierre Dostie, Québec solidaire
■Hélène Girard, Coalition avenir Québec
■Francyne T. Gobeil, Liberal
■Mireille Jean, PQ
■Alex Tyrell, Green Party


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

on a side note , what I find interesting about this by election , as its happening in another one of the ridings recently gained by the federal liberals , its actually the 5th provincial by-election in such a riding , first 4 if you include one in new Brunswick that took place in part of the Tobique mactaquac and stayed pc just before October election , was also one in Port Coquitlam BC that went ndp , Whitby Oshawa in Ontario that stayed pc and Calgary greenway that also stayed pc which is part of Calgary Skyview riding federally that went liberal for first time.
Chicoutimi had been an ndp riding but went liberal in October . I find it interesting that the surge in votes for federal liberals in these ridings has not translated to even any gains for the provincial liberals in the same ridings . I'm left wondering where did all the people go who voted for trudeau and why was it not even worth there time to show up for a provincial by-election ?
although the race here will be determined by provincial issues as its a provincial vote in a riding with a history of voting for the PQ .

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( well the PQ win isn't a surprise , whats surprising is how bad the provincial liberals have been doing in ridings trudeau surged in during October election , now 0 for 5 in provincial by-elections in ridings that went liberal in October and in some weren't even close to winning them , so either trudeau's supporters don't care about provincial politics or simply couldn't be bothered to show up for these or something else is in play )

PQ holds on to Chicoutimi seat in by-election

CTV Montreal
Published Monday, April 11, 2016 9:35PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 12, 2016 7:28AM EDT

The Parti Quebecois held on to its Chicoutimi seat Monday, electing Mireille Jean in the PQ stronghold.

The National Assembly now has 36 female MPs out of 125, or 28.8 percent of its elected officials.

Jean took the lead as soon as polls closed, sailing to an easy victory over her five opponents.


Mireille Jean
"We've been working very hard. We're proud of the campaign. We have the capacity, opportunity, to talk with the population. This is what the Parti Quebecois is all about, taking care of what is important for people, what is important for citizens," said PQ leader Pierre Karl Peladeau.

Once all the votes were tallied Jean had 47 percent of the ballots cast, while Liberal candidate Francyne T. Gobeil had 30 percent support.

The Coalition Avenir Quebec, which finished finished second in 2012, dropped to 12 percent support, while eight percent of voters cast ballots for Quebec Solidaire.

More than 46,000 voters, or 41 percent of those eligible, went to the polls to choose a successor to Stéphane Bédard, who ended his political career last October after representing the Saguenay-area riding for 17 years.

Chicoutimi has been held by the PQ since 1973.

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