The race for the CCP “will have consequences for the future of the country”, says Jean Charest

The choice is as follows: either we are going to do American-style politics, politics of attack and division, or we are going to do politics the way we do it in Canada.

The former Premier of Quebec questioned the judgment of the member for Ottawa, citing as an example his support for the demands of the trucking convoy that paralyzed the federal capital for several weeks.

Mr. Poilievre, who is still a legislator […]supported a blockade which had a very direct impact on the Canadian economy and which was illegal. Laws are not like a buffet where you choose what you like and what you don’t like. »

A quote from Jean Charest, candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada

Jean Charest also qualified disturbing his opponent’s enthusiasm for cryptocurrency and his attacks on the Bank of Canada.

The man who was leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec for more than a decade after his stint in federal politics says he wants to unite the various factions of the Conservative Party around common values, for example fiscal prudence, support for a market economy and policies to promote economic growth.

He deplored the absence of such policies in the last budget of the Trudeau government, which he accuses of spending excessively, moreover in areas of provincial jurisdiction.

Jean Charest defends his record

Unsurprisingly, the former premier of Quebec (2003-2012) had to defend the legacy of his years in power.

He played down the weight of perceptions about the legitimacy of the Quebec Liberal Party’s fundraising practices under his leadership, perceptions that remain despite the abandonment of the Mâchurer inquiry last February.

There are always people who will think that maybe things happened that weren’t right. But you know, they investigated for eight years […]. After all that effort, if they come to that conclusion, I think they have to be believed.

Furthermore, Jean Charest is still pursuing his lawsuit against the Government of Quebec despite his aspirations to lead a federal political party, claiming that he had no no other choice than bringing this lawsuit, a situation very disagreeable which could have been avoided with excuses.

The 63-year-old also had to defend his move into the private sector after his 2012 election defeat.

Asked why he and his law firm had agreed to represent the company Huawei when Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in China, Jean Charest indicated that he had defended the interests of the company, which had something to say about the [technologie] 5G but which was not contrary to the interests of Canada.

The situation has changed since then.he did, however, acknowledge, reiterating that he would be prepared to emulate some of Canada’s allies by banning the company from deploying 5G if elected prime minister.

Mutism on the upcoming campaign in Quebec

Despite his historic association with the Quebec Liberal Party, the aspiring federal Conservative leader would not say whether he would support Liberal leader Dominique Anglade or Quebec Conservative leader Eric Duhaime in the upcoming provincial election.

It is a sacred principle in Quebec, there is a clear independence between the parties in the National Assembly of Quebec and the parties at the federal level […]. I will fully respect this independencehe added while inviting Quebecers to support him in his campaign.

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