The right hour: the PQ renames counties

The right time: the PQ renames counties

and Charles Mathieu MISE À DAY

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For the past few weeks, the Parti Québécois has been sharing posters and photos on social networks showing errors in the names of two ridings in Bas-Saint -Laurent. On Twitter, candidate Samuel Ouellet announces that he is running in the provincial elections in Rimouski-Neigette.

For his part, outgoing MP Pascal Bérubé poses in front of a Parti Québécois lectern indicating the name Matane-Matapédia-Mitis. In addition, in a Twitter post on August 17, the PQ said: “If I am re-elected, I will plead with @electionsquebec [Élections Québec] for the name of the riding to be changed. It is a matter of respect for the citizens of La Mitis. »


The right hour: the PQ renames counties

The PQ is mistaken several times in not one, but two county names. First of all, Rimouski-Neigette is not a provincial riding, but the name of a regional county municipality of Bas-Saint-Laurent. At the federal level, the riding is Rimouski-Neigette–Témiscouata–Les Basques. As for Pascal Bérubé, he represents himself more in Matane-Matapédia.

By email, the PQ explains that Samuel Ouellet uses Rimouski-Neigette so that the name is more representative of the county, while Pascal Bérubé recently pledged to change the name of the riding if he is re-elected. 

– Nicolas Brasseur

The number of the week: 45,555

This is the number of Quebecers who have an Aboriginal language as their mother tongue, according to census data released Wednesday. This represents 0.5% of the population of the province.

Some 13,200 of them speak Inuktitut, 11,800 Cree, 7,730 Innu and 6,160 speak Atikamekw. We also find iyiyiw-ayimiwin, spoken since birth by 3510 people and anicinabemowin, by 1110 people. 

– Charles Mathieu

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