Philippe Couillard’s Liberals continued to demonize the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) on Thursday by associating it with the far right.
The Prime Minister had accused his main opponent the day before of proposing a “hard line”. “They are on the far right, he had launched during an exchange with the Chief Caquist Francois Legault in the context of the study of the credits of the Executive Council. Let them say to the people: This is where we are. That’s what we will propose. ”
Far from repenting on Thursday, the head of government has handed over. He urged Mr. Legault to specify where he is on the political spectrum, especially since the arrival in the ranks of Caquist candidate Youri Chassin, a right-wing economist.
“He’s the one who cut services to kids who have learning disabilities,” said the Caquist leader at the Blue Room. That’s an extreme choice, very extreme. ”
Jumping together in the debate, the Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, said he believes that the CAQ is seeking to privatize the health network.
“There are 8.4 million people in Quebec who know absolutely nothing about the CAQ’s proposals, but they know that it’s a very right-wing party that has recruited a candidate, whose name is Yuri Chassin, whose historical – historical writings – are in favor of privatizing health, “he said.
The CAQ defends itself … and is supported by Québec solidaire
Earlier, the Caquist deputy Jean-François Roberge denied that his political party is extreme right. According to him, the CAQ is neither left nor right, but is a “nationalist” party.
“The CAQ is a pragmatic party, a party that listens to people who reject the labels of left and right. That’s not what defines us, “he said in a press scrum, denouncing at the same time the Prime Minister’s” organized lie “strategy.
The CAQ wants to reinvest in the public education network, “is it the extreme right? I do not think so, “he added. According to him, the Liberals panic because unable to defend their balance sheet.
Rare, the Quebec Solidarity (QS) MP Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois defended the CAQ. He deplored the “exaggeration” that Mr. Couillard has shown by associating the CAQ with the far right.
“The CAQ is a right-wing party. Yuri Chassin is a very, very right candidate, but not the CAQ is not the extreme right, he said. The extreme right exists in Quebec. It’s Atalanta, it’s groups like that, but words make sense and we can not stick labels in hurry. ”
The Liberals thwarted Thursday the CAQ motion that no far-right party is represented in the National Assembly.