and Marc-André Gagnon MISE À DAY
Encouraged by the latest polls, the leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ), Éric Duhaime, confirms that it is in the greater region of Quebec that he will be a candidate and, according to our information, his choice will be between Chauveau and Chutes -de-la-Chaudière.
“It's going to be in the Quebec City region, it's not a secret for anyone”, was content to answer Éric Duhaime, Wednesday. He was reacting to the latest Léger–Le Journal poll, which gave his party 22% support in the Quebec City metropolitan area.
However, it has been possible to confirm that the Conservative leader is hesitating between facing the caquiste Sylvain Lévesque in the county of Chauveau or trying his luck in Chutes-de-la-Chaudière.
Located on the North Shore of the river, the district of Chauveau was represented for a long time by the ex-adéquiste turned caquiste, Gérard Deltell, until his jump on the federal scene with the conservatives. This is where the PCQ has the most members. The former leader of the right-wing party, Adrien Pouliot, won 8% of the vote there in 2018.
On the other side of the bridges, Chutes-de-la-Chaudière is one of the first four ridings where a member of the defunct Action Démocratique du Québec was elected. Éric Duhaime is betting that the current CAQ member, Marc Picard, 66, will bow out, even if the latter has not yet decided on his political future.
According to what has learned the QMI Agency, the PCQ calculates that it could benefit from the discontent surrounding the management of the file of the third link by the Legault government.
According to UQAM communication professor Bernard Motulsky, it is above all the anger of Quebeckers against the health measures that the Conservative Party of Éric Duhaime is currently benefiting from.
“What we see , is that it is really linked to the pandemic, ”considers Mr. Motulsky. And in the current context of “pandemic fatigue”, the PCQ becomes “a place where people who are dissatisfied go to take refuge”, he notes.
“I wouldn't talk about trends right now. Please note, this is only one poll, the pandemic is far from over, ”commented the solidarity deputy Vincent Marissal, while Quebec solidaire obtains one more point compared to December.
Like his colleague from Rosemont, PQ MP Martin Ouellet considers that this sounding is only a more or less clear picture of the current situation.
“We are trying to look at the polls with a certain distance,” said Mr. Ouellet, whose party is tied with the PCQ.
What they said… On the 6% rise of the Conservatives:
“Indeed, the Conservative Party seems to have grown. […]. I also understand Quebecers for being angry with the government's about-face and the curfew story. »
Parliamentary Leader of the Parti Québécois and MNA for René-Lévesque< /em>
“Eric Duhaime's party did not even exist in previous polls, it has just arrived. I would be a little embarrassed to draw conclusions with these figures. »
Quebec Solidaire Health Spokesperson and Member of Parliament de Rosemont
“This is good news for the Conservative Party. […] When we compare ourselves, we console ourselves, because I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of the three other parties either. »
– Éric Duhaime
Leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec