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Closing Quebec election debate: Leaders battle over taxes, immigration, a referendum and Invoice 96


Two fiery exchanges mark debate – Anglade accuses Legault of being “paternalistic” on points affecting girls; Legault blasts Duhaime for being “keen to sacrifice” seniors amid the pandemic.

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That is our dwell weblog in regards to the Quebec election debate on Thursday, Sept. 22. Questions/feedback: ariga@postmedia.com

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High updates:

  • French language will proceed to say no underneath Legault: St-Pierre Plamondon
  • Quebec ‘over-confined’ in the course of the pandemic, Duhaime says
  • Legault says he was ‘shocked’ by Anglade’s assault
  • Nadeau-Dubois says Legault is ‘dwelling in one other period’ on local weather change
  • Legault is ‘paternalistic’ and ‘underestimates the challenges that have an effect on girls’ – Anglade
  • Matter: Sovereignty
  • Matter: Invoice 21
  • Matter: Invoice 96
  • Matter: Immigration
  • Matter: Youngster care
  • Matter: Entry to psychological well being care
  • Matter: Bettering entry to housing
  • Matter: Labour scarcity
  • Matter: Price of dwelling
  • Matter: Constructing hydro dams
  • Matter: Taxing extremely polluting autos – and a 3rd hyperlink between Quebec Metropolis and Lévis
  • Matter: The surroundings
  • Query: Why do you need to be premier?
  • A debate preview
  • Right here’s what the final ballot confirmed
  • Legault approval ranking at lowest level since turning into premier
  • Election Information: What you should know in regards to the marketing campaign and voting
  • Join our free Quebec election e-newsletter

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11:45 p.m.

Thanks for studying

That’s it for tonight.

I’ll be again tomorrow morning with one other election dwell weblog.

Within the meantime, you’ll be able to learn our election protection at montrealgazette.com.


11:15 p.m.

French language will proceed to say no underneath Legault, St-Pierre Plamondon says

At a quick post-debate press convention, St-Pierre Plamondon says that underneath Legault Quebec will proceed to see a decline within the French language and to face a brick wall when demanding extra powers from Ottawa.

“I hope that I satisfied people who find themselves indépendantistes to come back again residence as a result of the door is extensive open – it’s the Parti Québécois residence,” he says.

St-Pierre Plamondon was referring to sovereignists who’ve opted to vote for the CAQ up to now, and people who are supporters of the pro-sovereignty Québec solidaire.

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Quebec ‘over-confined’ in the course of the pandemic, Duhaime says

At a quick post-debate press convention, Duhaime says he was stunned that Legault attacked him over the pandemic at a degree within the debate when the topic was psychological well being.

“I discovered it a bit weird,” Duhaime says.

He says Quebec “over-confined” in the course of the pandemic and that had a “devastating” affect on psychological well being.

Duhaime says Quebec had the worst dying price in Canada in the course of the COVID-19 disaster.

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10:55 p.m.

Legault says he was ‘shocked’ by Anglade’s assault

At a quick post-debate press convention, Legault says he was “shocked” by Anglade’s accusation that his CAQ authorities hasn’t achieved sufficient for girls.

He says he has achieved so much for girls, pointing to wage will increase for lecturers, daycare employees and hospital orderlies.

Legault is requested if the truth that he targeted lots of his assaults on Nadeau-Dubois reveals that the QS chief is his major opponent.

He doesn’t reply, as an alternative attacking Nadeau-Dubois for planning to extend taxes and lift Quebec’s debt.

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10:40 p.m.

Legault ‘dwelling in one other period’ on local weather change, Nadeau-Dubois says

At a quick post-debate press convention, Nadeau-Dubois says local weather change is an emergency scenario and Legault “has no plan.”

“Mr. Legault resides in one other period, he lives in one other period, and you can see it tonight,” he provides.

Nadeau-Dubois says that “other than imaginary dams,” Legault has nothing to suggest to Quebecers.

He says Legault is extra eager about attacking QS than in preventing local weather change.

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10:30 p.m.

Legault is ‘paternalistic’ and ‘underestimates the challenges that have an effect on girls,’ Anglade says

At a quick press convention after the talk, Anglade is requested if she thinks the Legault authorities has not handled girls equally.

“I believe he underestimates the challenges that have an effect on girls,” she solutions. “We see it with daycares, lecturers and nurses.”

Anglade additionally accuses Legault of being “paternalistic” throughout their heated change about girls.

She says Legault likes to “impose his considering,” whereas her type of management is extra “collaborative.”

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10:15 p.m.

Matter: Sovereignty

Legault says there’ll all the time be sovereignists in Quebec however in the mean time, it’s not a precedence for Quebecers.

The moderator asks him: Would you vote sure in a referendum?

Legault doesn’t reply. “We don’t desire a referendum. It will divide Quebecers.”

The opposite leaders level out that the CAQ chief gained’t reply however the debate strikes on.

Anglade jumps in to inform viewers how she thinks the opposite leaders would vote in a referendum.

She says St-Pierre Plamondon and Nadeau-Dubois would vote Sure, whereas it could be a “perhaps” for Duhaime and Legault, each of whom have promoted sovereignty up to now.

“With us, it could be No,” Anglade says. “The selection is obvious. We’re a federalist get together.”


10:10 p.m.

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Matter: Invoice 21

Legault says the CAQ’s secularism regulation was a center floor and doesn’t go so far as an analogous one in French.

He notes that in Quebec it solely applies to individuals who work in sure jobs and solely after they’re at work.

Anglade says Invoice 21 divided Quebecers.

She wonders why it could matter if lecturers put on spiritual symbols

Nadeau-Dubois says QS would take away some components of Invoice 21. For instance, lecturers must be allowed to put on spiritual symbols, he says.

Duhaime and St-Pierre Plamondon say they assist Invoice 21.

Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada on Sept. 22, 2022 in Montreal.
Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada on Sept. 22, 2022 in Montreal. Picture by Radio-Canada

10:05 p.m.

Matter: Invoice 96

Anglade says the Liberals need to shield the French language.

Requested about Invoice 96, she says Quebec mustn’t take away rights from the province’s English-speaking neighborhood and from immigrants.

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Anglade says the invoice was divisive.

Duhaime interrupts, declaring that the Liberals have been initially in favour of Invoice 96, probably the most vital renewal of Invoice 101 for the reason that French Language Constitution was adopted in 1977.

He additionally notes that the Liberals proposed amendments that made Invoice 96 extra onerous and solely backed down when the difficulty triggered an uproar within the anglophone neighborhood.

“You discuss out of either side of your mouth,” Duhaime tells Anglade.

The Liberal chief says her get together voted in opposition to Invoice 96. She additionally notes that the Liberals voted in opposition to Invoice 21, the secularism regulation that bans the carrying of spiritual symbols equivalent to hijabs amongst some authorities employees.

She accuses Duhaime of desirous to “go even additional on Invoice 21.”

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St-Pierre Plamondon says Invoice 101 must be utilized to CEGEPs, barring francophone and allophones from going to English faculties.

Legault notes that in 2020 when St-Pierre Plamondon was working to be PQ chief, he opposed making use of Invoice 101 to CEGEPs.

From left, CAQ Leader Francois Legault, Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade, Parti Quebecois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Conservative Leader Eric Duhaime participate in a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October 3rd.
From left, CAQ Chief Francois Legault, Liberal Chief Dominique Anglade, Parti Quebecois Chief Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Conservative Chief Eric Duhaime take part in a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October third. Picture by Paul Chiasson /The Canadian Press

10 p.m.

Matter: Immigration

How can Quebec shield the French language even because it welcomes immigrants?

Nadeau-Dubois says QS would higher combine immigration, get extra immigrants to settle within the areas and foster a love of the French language amongst newcomers.

Duhaime says the federal government’s position is to make sure immigrants can be taught French and discover jobs. He says Quebec does a poor job on the francization entrance.

Anglade notes that her dad and mom have been immigrants and provides that immigrants are essential to Quebec’s future. Targetting Legault, she says it’s time to cease “pointing fingers, cease dividing, cease saying that immigration is an issue or a risk.”

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St-Pierre Plamondon says too many immigrants are leaning towards talking English over French. He needs the variety of immigrants to be lower to guard the French language.

Legault says the “first job of the premier of Quebec is to make sure the way forward for French” and to try this the province should scale back the variety of immigrants who don’t converse French.

He says Quebec should repatriate extra energy over immigration from the federal authorities.

Parti Quebecois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon speaks during a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October 3rd.
Parti Quebecois Chief Paul St-Pierre Plamondon speaks throughout a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October third. Picture by Paul Chiasson /The Canadian Press

9:45 p.m.

Matter: Youngster care

Anglade and Legault conflict over girls and little one care.

“Mr. Legault, underneath your authorities, the scenario for girls worsened,” Anglade says.

This appears to upset Legault.

“Oh, oh,” he says, talking over Anglade.

She responds: “It’s not a joke.”

Legault continues talking over Anglade, however different leaders soar in and inform Legault to let Anglade converse.

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She says some girls can’t return to the job market as a result of they don’t have entry to daycare as a result of ready lists have gotten longer and longer.

Legault says it’s not true that the CAQ authorities didn’t deal with girls properly.

He says his authorities elevated salaries for lecturers and well being employees. And he says the daycare system was a large number underneath the Liberals.

Quebec Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade gestures towards CAQ Leader Francois Legault during a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October 3rd.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Quebec Liberal Chief Dominique Anglade gestures in the direction of CAQ Chief Francois Legault throughout a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October third.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Picture by Ryan Remiorz /The Canadian Press

9:35 p.m.

Matter: Entry to psychological well being care

Duhaime says Quebecers’ psychological well being suffered in recent times, notably that of youthful individuals. He seems to be speaking in regards to the pandemic.

Nadeau-Dubois says QS needs to “make investments massively” to draw the psychologists who left the general public system with a purpose to work within the non-public sector.

St-Pierre Plamondon agress with Nadeau-Dubois.

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Anglade says common entry to psychological well being care is critical.

Legault says the CAQ needs to extend the salaries of psychologists within the public system.

He then adjustments subjects and begins speaking in regards to the pandemic, focusing on Duhaime.

Legault says that in the course of the pandemic, the Conservative chief was an “agitator who profited from the struggling of individuals in Quebec.” On the time, Duhaime was a radio commentator who was extremely important of pandemic restrictions.

In probably the most dramatic change to this point, Legault asks Duhaime what number of seniors he “was keen to sacrifice.” They converse over each other however Legault repeatedly tells Duhaime that he was “irresponsible.”

Duhaime shoots again, saying Legault was “irresponsible with the youngsters of Quebec,” an obvious reference to the closure of faculties in the course of the pandemic.

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9:30 p.m.

Matter: Retaining lecturers

Anglade says she lately met a trainer who’s quitting the career as a result of she’s burnt out due to a scarcity of assets in faculties. She says Quebec should enhance assets for college students with particular wants and deal with lecturers higher.

Nadeau-Dubois, a former scholar chief, says he has fought for enhancements to the training system for years. He says the variety of college students who require additional assist has elevated considerably and lecturers want extra assist.

Legault says the CAQ has considerably elevated training funding and trainer salaries.
St-Pierre Plamondon says the variety of faculties in disrepair has elevated considerably for the reason that CAQ took energy.

Duhaime says the Conservatives would encourage dad and mom to be extra concerned in faculties.

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Quebec Conservative Leader Eric Duhaime speaks during a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October 3rd.
Quebec Conservative Chief Eric Duhaime speaks throughout a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October third. Picture by Ryan Remiorz /The Canadian Press

9:20 p.m.

Matter: Well being care delays and household medical doctors

Duhaime says Conservatives would favour growing the usage of non-public well being care providers.

St-Pierre Plamondon says his get together would enhance working situations for well being employees and scale back Quebec’s reliance on non-public nursing businesses.

Nadeau-Dubois says his get together would additionally enhance working situations for well being employees. He says underneath the CAQ, the variety of well being employees abandoning the general public system has skyrocketed.

Legault says the CAQ inherited a “sick” well being care system from the earlier Liberal authorities and is engaged on enhancing it.

Anglade says the Liberals would enhance entry to household medical doctors, notably individuals dwelling with medical situations. She says she would remove obligatory extra time for nurses.

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Legault says he additionally needs to remove obligatory extra time. However extra nurses are wanted and it takes three years to coach them, he notes.

Quebec party leaders, from left: François Legault (Coalition Avenir Québec), Dominique Anglade (Liberal Party), Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (Québec solidaire), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon (Parti Québécois) and Éric Duhaime (Conservative Party) at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada in Montreal on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.
Quebec get together leaders, from left: François Legault (Coalition Avenir Québec), Dominique Anglade (Liberal Social gathering), Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (Québec solidaire), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon (Parti Québécois) and Éric Duhaime (Conservative Social gathering) at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada in Montreal on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Picture by Radio-Canada/Montreal Gazette

9:15 p.m.

Matter: Bettering entry to housing

Legault says the one technique to make it simpler for individuals to have the ability to afford properties is to “create wealth and create jobs which can be higher paying.”

Nadeau-Dubois says Legault has ignored the difficulty in his 4 years in workplace. He says QS would construct extra inexpensive housing and restrict hire will increase.

Anglade says the Liberals would remove the welcome tax and make it simpler for individuals to make use of their RRSPs to purchase properties.

Duhaime says Conservatives agree with scrapping the welcome tax.


9 p.m.

Matter: Labour scarcity

Anglade says Legault hasn’t handled certainly one of Quebec’s most vital financial issues: the extreme labour scarcity.

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She says it’s affecting the training and well being networks.

Legault says “salaries have by no means gone up” as a lot as they’ve underneath the CAQ and “employees are joyful.”

He says the answer is growing productiveness and retraining employees.

“It’s not true that the one resolution is immigration,” Legault provides.

He instantly pivots to the French language, saying the Liberal chief “isn’t eager about defending French – you’re not eager about defending French.”

St-Pierre Plamondon says the PQ would remedy the labour scarcity by growing entry to daycares for folks who need to work and by lowering taxes for seniors who need to return to the workforce.

Quebec Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada on Sept. 22, 2022 in Montreal.
Quebec Liberal Social gathering chief Dominique Anglade at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada on Sept. 22, 2022 in Montreal. Picture by Radio-Canada

8:55 p.m.

Matter: Price of dwelling

St-Pierre Plamondon says his get together would faucet into the surpluses Quebec has collected because of elevated provincial gross sales taxes and ship cheques to households which can be scuffling with their payments.

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He says the PQ wouldn’t lower taxes as a result of that might result in austerity down the street, with cuts in well being care and training.

Legault says the CAQ is providing greater than the PQ, providing cheques to low-income households and to seniors over the following 12 months, after which it could decrease taxes.

Duhaime says his get together is providing the largest tax cuts and is promising to droop charging the provincial gross sales tax on fuel.

Anglade says individuals must resolve whether or not to purchase groceries or pay the hire. She says the Liberals would supply extra money than the opposite events to households, and would enhance the dimensions of cheques for seniors.

Nadeau-Dubois says QS would take away the provincial gross sales tax from a collection of things, together with pharmacy items, restaurant meals and clothes.

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He says the 5 per cent of Quebec’s richest individuals can afford to pay extra in taxes.

Duhaime says his get together would scale back Quebec’s prices by lowering the general public service by 5,000 employees by way of attrition.

Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada on Sept. 22, 2022 in Montreal.
Parti Québécois chief Paul St-Pierre Plamondon at a leaders debate hosted by Radio-Canada on Sept. 22, 2022 in Montreal. Picture by Radio-Canada

8:45 p.m.

Matter: Constructing hydro dams

Anglade says Quebec wants extra electrical energy but it surely ought to enhance capability by way of wind and solar energy, conservation and inexperienced hydrogen.

Legault says reaching the province’s greenhouse fuel targets isn’t achievable with no new hydroelectric dam. He says the Liberals, QS and the PQ environmental plans is not going to work with no dam.

Nadeau-Dubois says Legault is speaking a couple of dam however he doesn’t say when and the place it could be constructed or how a lot it can price. He says the QS is the one get together whose plan was given a stamp of approval by a number of consultants.

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Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois speaks during a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October 3rd.
Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois speaks throughout a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October third. Picture by Ryan Remiorz /The Canadian Press

8:35 p.m.

Matter: Taxing extremely polluting autos – and a 3rd hyperlink between Quebec Metropolis and Lévis

St-Pierre Plamondon says he’s not in opposition to the concept however earlier than doing that individuals want higher public transportation and entry to extra electrical autos.

The PQ would enhance transit and compel automobile makers and dealerships to promote extra electrical automobiles, he says.

Nadeau-Dubois is requested how a lot his get together’s proposed new tax would add to the price of a Dodge Caravan. He doesn’t reply, as an alternative talking in regards to the extra in style Toyota Rav-4, which wouldn’t be touched by the brand new tax.

He says different events have attacked Québec solidaire’s tax plan however his get together additionally needs to make it simpler to afford less-polluting autos.

Legault accuses Nadeau-Dubois of wanting to shut companies and “partaking in magic.”

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Nadeau-Dubois shoots again at Legault, saying he making issues up and as soon as once more being divisive. He says as an alternative of taking time denigrating the QS plan, he ought to clarify his personal.

Anglade says her get together is between the CAQ and QS. Her get together takes the surroundings critically, not like the CAQ, but it surely wouldn’t enhance taxes like QS needs to, she says.

Duhaime says QS would penalize households by considerably growing the price of minivans. He notes that the Conservatives need to take away the provincial gross sales tax on used autos.

The controversy veers towards the “third hyperlink” – a proposed new roadway between Quebec Metropolis and Lévis.

Legault says the area wants a tunnel. His would price $6.5 billion.

Duhaime, who favours a less expensive bridge that might go by way of Île-d’Orléans, repeatedly interrupts Legault, accusing him of not having any research to again up his massively costly venture.

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Legault says the Conservatives bridge would “deface Île-d’Orléans.”

CAQ Leader Francois Legault speaks during a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October 3rd.
CAQ Chief Francois Legault speaks throughout a leaders debate in Montreal, Thursday, September 22, 2022. Quebecers will go to the polls on October third. Picture by Paul Chiasson /The Canadian Press

8:20 p.m.

Matter: The surroundings

Legault says he needs to enhance public transportation, assist electrify industries, encourage native agriculture, enhance recycling and make buildings extra vitality environment friendly.

Anglade says the local weather emergency touches well being care, training, the financial system and pure assets and shouldn’t be about enterprise vs. the surroundings.

St-Pierre Plamondon says his get together, not like the others, has a complete plan, that might “transition Quebec to the brand new inexperienced financial system.”

Nadeau-Dubois says the surroundings should be handled prefer it’s the spinal column of a brand new Quebec. He says Québec solidaire would make Quebec “the greenest nation on this planet.”

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Duhaime says the Conservatives would develop fossil gasoline reserves to “finance the vitality transition to electrical transportation.”


8:10 p.m.

Query: Why do you need to be premier?

Legault says he needs to enhance training, the financial system, scale back greenhouse gases and to guard the French language.

Anglade says she needs each Quebecer, irrespective of their origin or the place they dwell, are in a position to obtain their desires.

Nadeau-Dubois says he’s in politics as a result of he’s anxious in regards to the future, notably in the case of the surroundings.

St-Pierre Plamondon says he needs to make Quebec a rustic and rise up for democracy, the French language, the surroundings and the dignity of seniors.

Duhaime says he returned to politics as a result of not one of the different events shared his values and he needs to advertise civic rights, particular person freedoms and freedom.


7:55 p.m.

Apparently, ‘tonight’s gonna be a great night time’ for Anglade


7:50 p.m.

Images: Leaders arrive at debate

Quebec Liberal Party Leader Dominique Anglade exits her campaign bus as she arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022.
Quebec Liberal Social gathering Chief Dominique Anglade exits her marketing campaign bus as she arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022. Picture by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette
Québec Solidaire Leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois waves to supporters as he arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022.
Québec Solidaire Chief Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois waves to supporters as he arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022. Picture by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette
Parti Québecois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamandon arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022.
Parti Québecois Chief Paul St-Pierre Plamandon arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022. Picture by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette
Conservative Party of Quebec Leader Éric Duhaime arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022.
Conservative Social gathering of Quebec Chief Éric Duhaime arrives for provincial leaders’ debate at Radio-Canada in Montreal Thursday September 22, 2022. Picture by John Mahoney /Montreal Gazette

7:45 p.m.

A former MNA is outdoors the talk demanding electoral reform


7:35 p.m.

Nadeau-Dubois hopes for much less cacophonic debate


7:25 p.m.

‘I’m in a great temper,’ Legault says


7:20 p.m.

Leaders are arriving at Radio-Canada studio


7:15 p.m.

Listed here are the talk themes

On Twitter this afternoon, Conservative Chief Éric Duhaime at present posted a photograph of the schedule for tonight’s debate.

Count on questions from the general public and exchanges between the leaders on these themes:

  • Surroundings
  • Price of dwelling and the financial system
  • Well being
  • Schooling and public providers
  • French, immigration and id

7:10 p.m.

Behind the scenes at tonight’s debate


7 p.m.

A debate preview

It’s one other huge night time within the election marketing campaign.

With Quebecers set to start out casting ballots within the coming days, the leaders of Quebec’s 5 major political events will face off at 8 p.m. within the second and last French-language televised debate.

I’ll present a dwell feed of the talk as of 8 p.m.

Right here’s a have a look at what to anticipate:

François Legault

The Coalition Avenir Québec chief is to this point forward within the polls that few observers see how he might probably lose on Oct. 3. However Legault was uninspiring in the primary debate.

And, dogged by self-inflicted accidents, Legault’s marketing campaign just isn’t going as deliberate. He has felt compelled to apologize – twice – for the reason that begin of the marketing campaign, for feedback about immigration and racism in opposition to Indigenous individuals.

Legault’s different huge problem: With a number of opponents, he’s dealing with assaults from all sides. As a result of sheer variety of events within the combine this time, many native races are up within the air, making the ultimate end result unpredictable.

Dominique Anglade

The Liberal chief is to this point behind within the polls that some observers suppose she could lose her spot as chief of the opposition and the get together be lowered to a rump. In tonight’s debate, Anglade can’t let herself be eclipsed by different leaders as she was within the first debate.

She has had two years as chief to attempt to join with francophone voters and has to this point failed, whilst polls present that assist is wilting amongst francophones and anglophones.

In tonight’s debate, Anglade has to one way or the other present she isn’t simply the chief of a West Island get together of anglophones and allophones whilst she battles to retain assist from these voters, who could also be attracted by the nascent Bloc Montréal and the Canadian Social gathering of Quebec.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois

The youngest on the stage at 32, the Québec solidaire co-spokesperson supplied a stable efficiency within the first debate. Nadeau-Dubois’s simple method and fast solutions gained him factors, with a ballot suggesting viewers topped him the winner.

Tonight’s debate is his probability to consolidate that goodwill and show to Quebecers that he must be the chief of the official opposition, not Anglade.

Count on Nadeau-Dubois’s opponents to hammer him on his plan to extend taxes and spend greater than half a billion {dollars} setting the stage for sovereignty in a primary QS mandate.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon

The Parti Québécois chief, who has by no means held elected workplace, is final when pollsters ask Quebecers who they’ll vote for, however he’s the favorite second selection.

When requested who most exceeded their expectations within the final debate, St-Pierre Plamondon was tops, based on a Léger survey. And the get together has a substantial conflict chest, second solely to the CAQ.

However he faces a problem as a result of for many Quebecers sovereignty is on the again burner. Believers in independence are break up between the PQ and three different events whose leaders presently or at one level supported sovereignty (Québec solidaire, the CAQ and the Conservatives).

Éric Duhaime

A easy communicator, the Conservative chief scored factors within the final debate, particularly along with his assaults on Legault.

Like St-Pierre Plamondon, Duhaime, a former broadcaster and political operative, doesn’t maintain a seat within the Nationwide Meeting and the talk was the primary probability Quebecers received to see him face-to-face with the opposite leaders. The controversy gave the get together a lift, based on one ballot.

Tonight’s rematch will likely be his probability to cement his message that he would make the most effective opposition chief, and to spur his enthusiastic supporters to exit and solid ballots, particularly in areas the place he has some momentum – Quebec Metropolis and the Beauce area.


7 p.m.

Right here’s what the final ballot confirmed

Voting intentions didn’t change a lot after final week’s debate, with the Coalition Avenir Québec’s sturdy lead holding, a post-debate ballot suggests.

Assist for the CAQ was unchanged at 38 per cent, based on the Léger survey, carried out Sept. 16-18 for Québecor media retailers.

Three events – the Conservatives, Liberals and Québec solidaire – have been tied for second at 16 per cent every, with the PQ final at 13 per cent.

Liberal assist fell by two proportion factors, whereas QS noticed a drop of 1 level. Assist rose for the PQ (up two factors) and the Conservatives (up one level).

Full ballot outcomes can be found on the Léger website.


7 p.m.

Legault approval ranking at lowest level since turning into premier

François Legault’s approval ranking is at its lowest level since he grew to become premier in 2018, a brand new ballot suggests.

Forty-three per cent of Quebecers surveyed by the Angus Reid Institute stated they approve of the Coalition Avenir Québec chief.

That’s “statistically tied with the bottom quantity recorded throughout his 4 years as premier” – 44 per cent, in June, Angus Reid stated.

The survey was carried out Sept. 19-21.

For a lot of the pandemic, Legault had one of many highest approval rankings amongst Canadian premiers. He’s now in the midst of the pack, based on Angus Reid.


6:55 p.m.

Evaluation: With opposition divided, leaders face off in last TV debate

Given the staid nature of the marketing campaign, which has had no sturdy theme past a collection of apologies by Coalition Avenir Québec Chief François Legault, the strain is even higher on the politicos, particularly the opposition get together leaders who have to impress voters.

Learn Philip Authier’s evaluation.


6:55 p.m.

Social gathering leaders are in prep mode as last Quebec election debate approaches

The leaders of the 5 major events contesting the Quebec election took a break from the marketing campaign path Thursday to arrange for the second and last televised debate scheduled for 8 p.m.

It’s their final probability to make a widespread impression and probably enhance their political fortunes earlier than advance polls open Friday.

Learn our full story.


6:45 p.m.

Movies: QCGN welcomes Holness, Standish

They weren’t invited to the 2 French debates and plans for an English one fell aside after François Legault stated he wouldn’t participate.

However the Quebec Neighborhood Teams Community, which represents English-language neighborhood organizations, has held city halls with each Balarama Holness, chief of Bloc Montréal, and Colin Standish, chief of the Canadian Social gathering of Quebec.

You possibly can watch them under.

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6:30 p.m.

What are the 5 main events collaborating in Quebec’s provincial election?

Right here’s a have a look at the 5 events vying to type Quebec’s subsequent authorities.

Learn our full story.


6:30 p.m.

Election Information: What you should know in regards to the marketing campaign and voting

How do you test in the event you’re on the electoral listing? Are you allowed to vote? When can ballots be solid?

Learn our full story.


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