(Baie-Comeau) Elected caquists have “received instructions to remain silent” rather than defend the interests of their ridings, and François Legault puts the interests of his party before those of Quebec, says Paul St-Pierre Plamondon .
Posted at 4:29 p.m.
“It’s a conception of democracy or it’s the CAQ first. The CAQ candidates are not there to serve the population, they are there to serve the interests of the CAQ,” denounced the PQ leader during a press briefing in Baie-Comeau.
He was reacting to a review by Radio-Canada, which reveals that the CAQ candidates refused to participate in around thirty local or regional debates. “For these same events, there are only three absences for the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) and none for Quebec solidaire (QS) and the Parti Quebecois (PQ)”, says the media.
For Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon, this conception of democracy “gives candidates who do not engage in debates or studies that are hidden from us when it is financed with public funds”, like those on the third link at Quebec. ”
He then added a layer by affirming that the CAQ deputation “keeps silence” on issues such as the housing crisis, air pollution and places in CPE. “In several regions of Quebec, we did not see them, we did not hear them, because they were instructed to remain silent. It was said by a deputy in Abitibi, relayed by a deputy in Charlevoix and recently in the Nouvelliste a deputy from Mauricie, ”he said.
In an interview at 106.9 Mauricie, the CAQ MP for Laviolette – Saint-Maurice Marie-Louise Tardif affirmed that her party, “somewhere, for someone like me, it’s still quite restrictive and controlling”. “I don’t have the latitude that I would have if I was an independent,” she said.
She then told Le Nouvelliste that “the government operates in such a way that there is a hierarchy […] the party doesn’t matter, it doesn’t even have to do with the party”.
The PQ leader affirms that these “three women deputies of the CAQ say that we do not have this freedom of expression”, to defend their constituency files. “It’s a conception of democracy where the interest of the CAQ comes before the resolution of the issue in the riding, and I find that it’s damaging to democracy,” railed the PQ leader.
As for participation in the debates, the CAQ told Radio-Canada that it had accepted more than 115 debates.