Day 34: September 25, 2018

The election of a minority government in New Brunswick formed by the Progressive-Conservative Party, even though the Liberal Party of New Brunswick won the popular vote, brought the issue of the implementation of a mixed member proportional electoral system in Quebec back to the forefront. The PQ, the CAQ and QS all support this proposal.

The candidate in Jean-Lesage, Gertrude Bourdon, announced that a forum on the workforce in the health sector would be organized within the first 100 days of a Liberal government. Ms. Bourdon specified that “considering the labor shortage currently in place, more than ever we need to find solutions together to encourage hiring and retention of personnel.” Philippe Couillard accused François Legault of engaging in “malicious mudslinging” that is not worthy of an aspiring Premier, as the CAQ leader suspects that Mr. Couillard is hiding money abroad.

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Jean-François Lisée rejected the idea of forming a coalition with a potential minority CAQ government. However, he refused to specify if he would form an alliance with François Legault to avoid the re-election of Philippe Couillard and his team. The PQ announced that they are ready to re-open the law to authorize “cannabis cafes,” businesses where Quebecers could consume cannabis, following the same model found in the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is also ready to give more power to the ethics commissioner without necessarily having the consent of two thirds of MNAs in the national assembly.

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In the town of Chibougamau, François Legault said he would follow in the footsteps of the former PQ premier Bernard Landry to conclude new agreements inspired by the “Peace of the Braves,” a historic agreement which accorded increased autonomy to the Cree Indigenous peoples, and with other First Nations, but the model remains to be determined. Contrary to Mr. Lisée, the CAQ leader is opposed to the opening of “cannabis cafes” because he believes such establishments would trivialize the consumption of the substance. Mr. Legault believes it is “insulting” to the regions that Mr. Couillard accused him of campaigning “far, far, away” to avoid questions from journalists.  

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Manon Massé does not deny the ties between her political program and Marxism. “What I am trying to say, is that in the end, I do not care about labels because in the end, I am not an ideologue.” Ms. Massé also discussed with the Quebecer YouTuber PL Cloutier the nine commitments of her party, while breathing in helium.

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