Canada After urging Quebecers to shun federal Liberals, Legault congratulates Trudeau
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.
After a federal election campaign marked by his urging Quebecers to, Quebec Premier François Legault on Tuesday morning offered his congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his the night before, albeit in a terse post on his Twitter account.
Je félicitepour sa victoire. Je travaillerai avec lui pour faire avancer les intérêts du Québec.
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The fight for Quebec is heating up, as dozens of key ridings are seeing close races, with just days left in the election campaign.Over the last three elections, the towns that make up the riding have elected MPs from three different parties: the NDP in 2011, the Liberals in 2015, and the Bloc Québécois in 2019.— François Legault (@francoislegault)
“I congratulate Justin Trudeau on his victory,” the premier said on his Twitter account, which has more than 283,000 followers. “I will work with him to advance the interests of Quebec.”
Legault’s congratulations come after the premier said earlier this month
Legault’s wading into a federal election campaign where the outcome seemed far from certain raised eyebrows in political circles, particularly after Trudeau had wooed Quebec voters with a $6-billion pledge offor the province while Erin O’Toole of the Conservatives had instead offered a tax credit.
Controversial question in English debate may have galvanized Bloc voters
A question during the English-language leaders' debate last week has revived an old wound, namely, Quebecers feeling disrespected and misunderstood by the rest of Canada, and appears to have earned the Bloc Québécois a bump in the polls.Desrochers had been planning to vote Liberal, but a key moment in last Thursday's English-language leaders' debate galvanized identity sentiments in Quebec and spurred him to change his mind and choose the Bloc Québécois led by Yves-François Blanchet.
Meanwhile, as Montreal and 1,100 other Quebec municipalities, local mayoral candidates were also quick to offer their congratulations to Trudeau.
Je tiens à féliciter— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) pour sa réélection. Il me fera plaisir de continuer à travailler avec le gouvernement pour faire avancer les priorités montréalaises comme la relance verte & inclusive, la lutte au trafic d'armes et la lutte aux changements climatiques.
“I will be happy to continue to work with the government to advance Montreal’s priorities, such as a green and inclusive recovery, the fight against arms trafficking and the fight against climate change,” Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante posted on her Twitter account Tuesday morning.
Earlier in the day, mayoral candidate Denis Coderre offered Trudeau his congratulations, saying: “I hope to have the opportunity to work with him over the course of the coming years to improve the quality of life of Montrealers.
Adam Zivo: Justin Trudeau has failed LGBTQ Canadians
Whether shedding tears in Parliament or giving pretty speeches, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau really wants you to know that he supports the LGBTQ community. Yet his government’s record on LGBTQ rights has been lacklustre at best. When they first came to power, it seemed as if the Liberals actually cared. They passed Bill C-16 in 2016, which amended the Canada Human Rights Act to explicitly protect transgender Canadians from discrimination and hate crimes. This had a positive impact on the well-being of countless LGBTQ Canadians, as it gave them a legal shield against violence and harassment. But things went downhill after that.
J'offre mes félicitations au premier ministre— DenisCoderre (@DenisCoderre) pour cette victoire électorale. J’espère avoir l’opportunité de travailler avec lui au cours des prochaines années pour améliorer la qualité de vie des Montréalais.
Robert Libman: Time for Justin Trudeau to stand up to Quebec .
Premier François Legault has some egg on his face this week. After boldly intervening in the federal election campaign, essentially telling Quebecers how to vote, the results were very different than what he wanted. Interestingly, the day after he smugly waded into to the federal campaign, he himself would tell the rest of Canada to butt out of Quebec’s affairs after the moderator of the English-language leaders’ debate dared refer to two controversial Quebec laws in a negative light. But I digress.