After having ravished the PQ castle of Marie-Victorin, François Legault nevertheless predicted the survival of the Parti Québécois and its sovereignist option.
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The Prime Minister was all smiles on Tuesday when he appeared before journalists at the National Assembly, with a victory in his pocket in this riding of Longueuil.
According to François Legault, the Liberals are the big losers in this by-election. “If there is an important message for Dominique Anglade, it is to say: It’s fine to throw mud, but Quebecers don’t like it, the Liberal Party made 7%!”, a- he launched to the journalists. He also skinned Quebec solidaire in passing.
But to continue to prance ahead of the voting intentions, the CAQ has to have before it a fragmented opposition. François Legault not only refrained from attacking the PQ, but he rejected out of hand the possible death of his former political formation.
“I think the PQ will always be there, it’s a great party that advocates a great idea, which proposes a referendum on sovereignty. There are people who agree with that,” he said.
An “excellent result”, according to PSPP
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Paul St-Pierre Plamondon was also not defeated after the defeat of his candidate. Finishing second in a PQ castle like Marie-Victorin as part of a partial is an “excellent result”, judges the leader of the PQ, who denies being in denial.
“We conducted an excellent campaign and it gives us an excellent result, reacted Tuesday PSPP, in a press briefing at the National Assembly. We have a result that is very positive.
According to the leader of the sovereignist party, the result of the partial shows that the PQ is in a “very good position” in Marie-Victorin for the general election. Especially since candidate Pierre Nantel will once again be in the running for the general election next October.
The PSPP ensures that it is absolutely not in denial. “It has been shown that we are the only party capable of standing up to the CAQ,” he insisted, prompting questions from journalists. He points out that, unlike François Legault, he did not have twenty ministers to send to lend a hand to his candidate on the ground, nor $ 500 to mail to voters.
“Disappointing” result for the PLQ
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The PLQ had to settle for fifth place in this by-election. The leader Dominique Anglade admitted on Tuesday that the result of her political training is “disappointing”.
She also admitted that some Liberal supporters are “angry” not to hear more about the economy. Its greener and more progressive turn has not yet reached all voters, insists Dominique Anglade.
“When you take a certain turn like this, it takes a while. It’s not easy and I never said it would be easy to make such a shift,” she added. The pandemic has harmed the dissemination of the ideas of the PLQ, if we are to believe the leader.
The youth vote failed
According to Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, what hurt the solidarity candidate, who finished 3rd with 14.5% of the vote, was the vote of young people who were not there. Unlike general elections, in a partial, there are no polling stations on university campuses, argues the parliamentary leader of Quebec solidaire.
“One of the keys to our success is the youth vote, and that vote, we had difficulty getting it out in Marie-Victorin,” he acknowledged.