Canada Voting Liberal, NDP or Green would be dangerous for Quebec, Legault says
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QUEBEC — Premier François Legault is urging Quebec nationalists to beware of three of the federal political parties, the Liberals, New Democratic Party or Green Party, because they want to centralize more power in Ottawa.
On the other hand, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is willing to give Quebec more powers over immigration even if he also wants to rip up the $6-billion daycare deal signed by Legault and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just before the election.
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Legault is not satisfied with O’Toole’s formula for the federal health transfer to Quebec because it falls short of what Quebec and other provinces need.
Insisting he is not telling Quebecers to vote for the Bloc Québécois — a party that he recognizes cannot form a government — a cranked up Legault neverthelessand said he has questions about the Conservatives based on what he has seen in the campaign and .
“I am a nationalist, I want Quebec to be more autonomous, to have more power and there are three parties — the Liberals, NDP and Green Party — which want to give us less autonomy,” Legault said on arriving for a meeting of the Coalition Avenir Québec caucus.
“I find this dangerous.
Quebec nationalists should beware of Liberal, NDP and Green parties, Legault says
On the day after the final French-language debate of the federal campaign, Premier François Legault stopped short of telling Quebecers who to vote for. He did say, however, that nationalists in the province should be wary of the Liberal, NDP and Green parties.Speaking with reporters in Quebec City on Thursday, Legault said the stances of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Annamie Paul on health and immigration matters are "worrisome" for Quebec.
“What I am saying is Quebecers who are nationalists, who believe the Quebec nation should have more power, should beware of three parties, the Liberal Party, the NDP and Green Party.”
Legault recognized no one party suits him perfectly or has delivered entirely on.
“Now it’s up to Quebecers to make their choice,” he said. “Nothing is black and white. What I am saying is what I said.”
He went further, saying that under the circumstances, “given no party responds to all our needs,”would be better for the Quebec nation.
Without backing O’Toole as a minority prime minister directly, Legault noted at least he seems willing to negotiate more powers for Quebec. While neither O’Toole nor Trudeau want to give Quebec what it wants in the health transfer, Trudeau’s vision clearly clashes with Quebec’s, he said.
L. Ian MacDonald: Legault spoils Trudeau's morning, and perhaps more
Justin Trudeau should have been feeling pretty good on the morning after the night before, about his strong performance in the second French leaders’ debate, and confident about his prospects for the upcoming evening’s one in English. And then François Legault went and spoiled his morning by tacitly endorsing Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. As endorsements go, it doesn’t get any better in Quebec than that. Legault isn’t just the sitting premier of la belle province. He’s a highly popular leader, perhaps uniquely influential among francophone voters off the Island of Montreal. He represents a voter profile that is nationalist but not sovereignist.
“Mr. Trudeau proposes targeted programs where he interferes in the jurisdictions of the provinces and this scares me because Mr. Trudeau has an approach where he wants to meddle in health, he does not want to give us power over immigration when this is important to defend our identity, our nation.
“He does not exclude opposing(which bans religious symbols for workers in positions of authority) so this is so is a cause for concern for all Quebecers who are nationalists.
“The Conservative Party is clear. It wants to increase the health transfer without strings, they want to transfer on immigration. Mr. O’Toole commits to not participating in a challenge of Bill 21. For the Quebec nation, it’s a good approach, the approach of Mr. O’Toole.”
He added O’Toole is also committed to funding 40 per cent of the CAQ government’s $7-10 billion Lévis-Quebec tunnel.
Legault made the comments with only two weeks to go before the election and with the parties neck and neck in the polls.
The first to react was Quebec Liberal Dominique Anglade who blasted Legault in a tweet.
Liberals bristle at Legault's suggestion he would prefer a Conservative minority government
National Liberal campaign co-chair and candidate Mélanie Joly said Quebecers and women like her do not like to be told what to do and how to vote in response to Premier François Legault suggesting he preferred the Conservatives to win a minority government. CBC News asked Joly at a whistle stop in St-Bruno-de-Montarville what her reaction is to Legault's comments on Thursday urging Quebecers in the province to be wary of the federal Liberals, NDP and Greens in the upcoming election. "People don't like to be told what to think and how to vote," said Joly.
“In hoping for the election of a minority Conservative government, François Legault is accepting the idea that a $6 billion (daycare) deal will be torn up, abandoning parents and children and all Quebec’s daycare network,” Anglade said.
“We are standing up to defend the interests of families.”
En souhaitant l’élection d’un gouvernement conservateur,accepte de déchirer l’entente de 6 milliards et abandonne les parents, les enfants et tout le réseau des services de garde du Québec.
Nous nous tiendrons debout pour défendre les intérêts des familles !— Dominique Anglade (@DomAnglade)
In this campaign, all the federal leaders have tried to woo Quebec nationalists and, at least, not make an enemy out of Legault, who remains hugely popular in Quebec.
There was more evidence of that Thursday.
An internal poll presented to MNAs behind closed doors Wednesday and leaked to La Presse shows the CAQ completely dominating the political landscape.
With about one year to go before the general election, the CAQ is polling at 49 per cent, which is 33 percentage points ahead of its nearest rival, the Quebec Liberal Party. Support for the Liberals is pegged at 16 per cent, a historic low.
The Liberals are barely ahead of Québec solidaire, which is polling at 14 per cent.
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The news is bleak for the Parti Québécois, too. The party is down to nine per cent support. That’s the same score forwhich appears to be tapping into voter discontent over pandemic measures and vaccination passports.
The CAQ also dominates in the francophone vote category. While the CAQ has a whopping 53 per cent of that section of the population, QS is second with 16 per cent. The PQ is at 11 per cent and the Liberals way down at 9 per cent.
The poll was conducted for the CAQ by Synopsis Recherche Marketing. The firm polled 1,500 Quebecers online between Aug. 27 and 30th.
Even though it only has two seats on the island of Montreal, the CAQ is in first place with 36 per cent of the vote compared with 26 per cent for the Liberals and 19 per cent for QS.
The CAQ caucus is meeting this week to prepare for the resumption of work at the National Assembly Tuesday.
Legault says people who see discrimination everywhere are wokes .
QUEBEC — Premier François Legault says he thinks people who see discrimination everywhere or want Quebecers to feel guilty about defending their values are wokes. One day after calling Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois a woke in the legislature after the Québec solidaire co-spokesperson compared Legault to former premier Maurice Duplessis, Legault Thursday called in the media to again talk about the woke concept. Reporters wanted to question Legault on the nursing shortage , but the news conference opened with Legault saying he wanted to make a statement on wokes. He said he wanted to put his comment Wednesday in context. “People asked me: What is a woke?” Legault said.