Jacques Boissinot The Canadian Press Marc Tanguay pointed out that he no longer “recognizes the Quebec solidaire of the time of Françoise David” and that his co-porter speech, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, had been “malleable” in matters of rights and freedoms.
The interim leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Marc Tanguay, strongly criticized the support of Quebec solidaire (QS) for Bill 96 and the new French language commissioner, Benoit Dubreuil, during the presentation of his candidate in the by-election in the riding of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne.
“Quebec solidaire, in terms of rights and freedoms, it is not better than François Legault, he declared during a press briefing in Montreal, Saturday morning. When he voted for Bill 96, which notably reduces access to services for immigrants after six months [Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois] ceased to be supportive. »
Mr. Tanguay pointed out that he no longer “recognizes the Quebec solidaire of the time of Françoise David” and that his co-spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, had been “malleable” when it came to rights and freedoms. He also accused the party of supporting a commissioner who interfered in the “private lives” of Quebecers.
“The language spoken at home, let’s be clear, is not a threat. The development of French is important. […] It does not happen at home, but in the education system, the language of commerce and the language of work,” he said in an interview.
This slander follows a message posted on Twitter Saturday morning by Mr. Tanguay, in which he claimed that Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois had “abandoned the beautiful great principles of QS”.
In a press scrum at the QS National Council, the solidarity deputy Vincent Marissal called this attack “totally exaggerated”, adding that the Liberal leader was saying “anything”.
“I remind you that the Liberals, on Bill 96, they changed their minds about three times. […] They have many, many internal problems on this issue,” he retorted.
According to him, these spikes are only indicative of the “panic” that reigns within the PLQ.
“I repeat, it has been six days since the campaign left. What's it going to be like in two weeks, three weeks when he feels the rug slipping from under his feet? […] It’s essential oil of panic,” Mr. Marissal added.
A first engagement by Christopher Baenninger
The Liberal candidate for the riding of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne, Christopher Baenninger, revealed on Saturday morning his first campaign commitment for the by-election on March 13, namely that of being the “only candidate to always defend the rights and freedoms of all Quebecers.”
During the press briefing held in his new premises, he assured that he would be a “unifier” and that he would give a “loud voice” to voters.
“I believe that we can achieve our objectives of French development without infringing on rights and freedoms,” said Mr. Baenninger. I firmly believe that the solution lies in achieving and supporting Frenchization [sic].”
When the by-election was called on Monday, interim leader Marc Tanguay confirmed that the president of an advertising agency would represent the Liberals. Left vacant by the departure of the former Liberal leader, Dominique Anglade, on December 1, the Montreal riding has always been in the colors of the PLQ since its creation in 1994.
“I'm going to confirm a rumor that was circulating this week. […] The fact that he was the first of the major parties represented in the National Assembly to file his nomination paper shows that the response is excellent on the ground,” said Mr. Tanguay in an interview.
The fight of the liberal candidate with the solidarity formation promises to be tight since he will have to prevail over the lawyer Guillaume Cliche-Rivard, who came second, behind Dominique Anglade, in the last elections.
The Parti Québécois chose Andréanne Fiola, former candidate for Laval-des-Rapides last October, and the Coalition avenir Québec chose the president of its youth wing, Victor Pelletier. The Conservative Party of Quebec, for its part, bet on Lucien Koty, candidate in Verdun in the last election.
Last fall, Christopher Baenninger also ran in the riding of Sainte-Marie–Saint -Jacques, where he was defeated by the solidarity Manon Massé by collecting 15.85% of the votes cast.