Provincial elections: a candidate to run for the seat of former minister Marie-Ève Proulx
Two candidates who were ousted from their respective parties due to controversies were finally replaced on Saturday, on the eve of the launch of the electoral campaign. A teacher will notably run for the seat of caquiste Marie-Ève Proulx.
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The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) had to be flexible to find a new candidate when former minister Marie-Ève Proulx, accused of psychological harassment by ex-colleagues, withdrew her candidacy on Monday.
“I made the decision that I will not be a candidate. First, I’m doing it because I don’t want to be a distraction for the party I respect, the CAQ,” she said after another complaint against her surfaced in recent weeks.
It was Mathieu Rivest, director general of the Camp musical de Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska and music teacher at Cégep de La Pocatière, who finally replaced her in the riding of Côte-du-Sud.
In Lac-Saint-Jean, Elsa Moulin will run under the banner of Québec solidaire (QS), the party announced on Saturday.
French established in Quebec for a dozen years, she had sought – without success – a position of municipal councilor in Alma in 2021.
Ms. Moulin replaces Daniel-Alexandre Girard, who was shown the door of the party last Wednesday, due to several controversial posts on social networks that have resurfaced.
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The latter notably treated Prime Minister François Legault as a “white supremacist”. “It is now legitimate to call CAQists Nazis,” read a Facebook screenshot dated May 30 where Mr. Girard reacted to a statement by Mr. Legault.
“Me and the comrades on October 3. Burying the traitors who robbed us [sic] 2012 and who lost an election [sic] the next year […] “, he had also indicated in a tweet accompanied by a meme showing a funeral procession.
-With the collaboration of QMI Agency
▶Yesterday, only the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ) had not yet completed its team. About twenty candidates had yet to be found, particularly in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord.