To gain influence in the Trudeau government, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will have to sign a support agreement by 2025. Eric Duheim, leader of the Conservative Party in Quebec, is very good at influencing Legalt. Government, even if it exists.
Gabriel Nado-Dubois, co-chair of Quebec Solitaire, said the right-wing movement in Quebec this week demonstrates a change.
But this change, if it exists, is mainly due to fears that the CAQ will lose three of the government ministers and some of the six delegates in Quebec.
Times are changing, with the CAQ, the most right-wing party on the Quebec political scene four years ago, being overtaken by the new Conservative Party. And, whatever one may say, that seems to frighten many in the CAQ.
Angus Reid’s monthly review, published Thursday, illustrates this point. The CAQ, which had won 50% of the undecided votes two years ago, still only has 33%. Two years ago, the Conservative Party of Quebec, at the same level as the PLQ, accounted for 19% of the decision. Québec Solidaire is stable at 16% and PQ at only 9%.
Two-thirds of voters who say they voted for the CAQ in 2018 will do so again. But 24% said they would vote for the Conservative Party. A party like the CAQ has never seen its rating drop significantly since the beginning of its mandate, which is a cry of alarm. And there are others.
If one wonders if the current government is doing better, there is more satisfaction than dissatisfaction with the management of the epidemic, the economy, unemployment and the deficit. But there are more dissatisfied voters than satisfied voters for all other state offices. These include education, health and poverty. Still on issues related to care and affordable housing for the elderly, dissatisfaction reached 72%.
This survey shows that voters see many shortcomings in the administration of the CAQ government. But why does the CAQ government see the Conservative leader in his soup and seem to have decided to match him on the basis of right-wing populism.
I must say that Mr. Duhaim is a past master in the art of pebbles in the CAQ shoe. When he hears a referendum or a ban (did both…) on a tramway project in Quebec, he targets customers who are ready to drop the CAQ. All target the Quebec region, where the Conservatives have the best chance of success and where many radio stations are their faithful relays.
It also shows a change in tactics on the part of Eric Duhim, who so far has been content to wander in displeasure with the health measures, hinting that his support will inevitably decrease when these measures are gradually phased out. removed. This does not happen.
The threat to the CAQ is therefore real, but what is surprising is the way it is responding to it. While saying with satisfaction that there is nothing to fear from occupying the center, the CAQ, these days, is more than the conservatives.
Upon coming to power, the Legault government surprised with the first budget, which some have described as social democracy. Contrary to what some believe, this is the best way to show that the CAQ will not destabilize the state and that the “Quebec model” is more appropriate.
But when today we hear ministers attacking projects like the Quebec City Tramway, the CAQ emphasizes how blind its point of view is to the environment.
Already Environment Minister Benoit Charett said this week, without laughing, that the Third Link is a plan to stem urban sprawl – it still needs to be done! -, moreover, Quebec City’s first known public transit construction plan should not be killed.
Bidding with Eric Duhim is a dangerous game. Because, in politics, when voters choose the original and the copy, they often choose the first option.