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200 people to welcome Paul St-Pierre Plamondon à Alma

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The leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, was accompanied by the three other PQ deputies, Pascal Paradis, Pascal Bérubé and Joël Arseneau, as well as by spokesperson Méganne Perry Mélançon.

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The Blue Lion microbrewery was teeming with PQ supporters on Wednesday evening who came to meet leader Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon, who was visiting Alma as part of his pre-sessional caucus.

It was literally impossible to move between the tables of the small bar located on rue Saint-Joseph, in downtown Alma, where nearly 200 people and a few journalists were packed like sardines to attend the PQ leader's speech.< /p>

The enthusiasm must surely have stemmed from the recent victory in the by-election in Jean-Talon, in Quebec, then from recent polls which place the PQ in the lead in Quebec.

The defeated candidate in the Lac-Saint-Jean riding in the 2018 and 2022 provincial elections, William Fradette, had not seen such a gathering in the riding for several years.

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Approximately 200 people were present at the Lion bleu microbrewery in Alma for the gathering of the Parti Québécois.

I am extremely satisfied, like Almatois, as a PQ, to see that the Blue Lion is overflowing, he said before being kindly interrupted by an activist questioning him about Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">We haven't seen gatherings like that at the PQ du Lac-Saint-Jean since 2018. The last time, I'm lucky, it was during my inauguration, continued the one who is the research director of the x27;parliamentary wing of the PQ.

If there was a majority of people in their forties, fifties and sixties in the room, he was still possible to perceive some younger people, including the president of the National Youth Committee of the Parti Québécois (CNJPQ), Émile Simard.

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The president of the National Youth Committee of the Parti Québécois (CNJPQ). Émile Simard, was present at the gathering.

It is certain that events like that, sometimes it is less suitable for young people, there is the symptom of the imposter who is still strong, against which I am preparing to try to fight, underlined the one who tried to get elected in Dubuc during the last election.

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Politics is accessible to everyone, you don't need to be a lawyer or a doctor. What we want are people who have a heart and convictions, people who want to achieve independence, he added with enthusiasm.

The question of independence also aroused thunderous applause among the crowd when Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon confirmed his desire to organize a referendum in a first mandate, following a question from x27; a citizen on this subject.

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The former MP for Roberval, Denis Trottier, was present on Wednesday evening.

The idea was on the lips of many, notably those of the former PQ MP for Roberval, Denis Trottier.

I am convinced that it is better to make our decisions for ourselves than to let others decide. We see that the federal government is incapable of making anything work. […] If it costs a lot and it doesn't work, it's federal, said the one who was in office from 2007 to 2014.

In Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon's speech, the housing crisis was discussed, which he believes will be the priority of his political party in the next parliamentary session, but also immigration, the importance of preserving Quebec culture and territory in a Canada which, in his eyes, respects too little the will of the province.

Among the crowd, we found seasoned activists as well as voters who came to learn about the party's future actions.

When the leader takes the trouble to travel to caucus in the region, in the place where we live, if we want him to get involved in our reality, we must show ourselves present to the events. I thought it was important to be there this evening, said a young woman.

I am here to support the party and find out what their next actions are. I find that it is always important to learn about the different parties in order to vote well with all our judgment, noted her friend.

Paul St- Pierre Plamondon wants to win the five constituencies in the region in 2026

I came because I am a fan of the Parti Québécois, pointed out a man I met further on.

I came because I think that Quebec is regressing. It’s often because of Trudeau’s Canada, and Poilievre, we forget that! My nationalist fiber has increased a lot over the last five years, confided another.

Alice Villeneuve, defeated candidate in the Chicoutimi riding, was also there.

I came because it's my little family from the Parti Québécois who is here. I am very happy to see everyone gathered in my Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. For once it's not in the big city, she exclaimed.

The leader of the third opposition group will also be in the region on Thursday to continue the caucus.

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