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The election of Émilise Lessard-Therrien as female spokesperson for Québec solidaire brings joy to many party activists in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
A large delegation went to Gatineau this weekend to attend the party convention.
We are really really happy, super moved, it's the great joy, mentions Andrée-Anne Murray from Rouyn-Noranda who had just noticed the victory of the one who obtained her vote, Émilise Lessard-Therrien.
She emphasizes that her election will be beneficial for Abitibi-Témiscamingue according to her.
I find that she is an excellent representative for the regions. For me, the fact that Québec Solidaire is also represented by someone who knows the regions well, I find that super great, she explains.
“I'm super happy, it's not just a strong voice for the regions within Québec Solidaire, I think it's a strong voice for the regions in Quebec, period. We need that,” exclaims François Gagné, also from Rouyn-Noranda.
It is certain that the regions contributed greatly to this election, moreover the delegation from Abitibi-Témiscamingue, I do not know if it was the largest delegation at this congress if not the second, we sent around 24 delegates. Clearly it made a difference in this vote which was so close, explains the newly elected Émilise Lessard-Therrien.
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Delegates attend the Québec solidaire congress in Gatineau this weekend.
Joined by telephone a few hours after her election, the 31-year-old was floating on cloud nine.
I'm feverish, I'm landing, the last few hours have been extremely intense, stressful, anticipation, very moving, a lot of pride. It’s a very intense day, but I’m extremely happy. Québec Solidaire sends an important message that it is the party for all of Quebec, for me to have a voice that returns to the public space, a voice that comes from the regions, from rural areas, for me it is a great pride, she adds.
François Gagné believes that the new spokesperson will form a good duo with Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
I think we were also looking for someone who looked a bit like Manon, Manon is someone super authentic who speaks the truth and I think that's what Émilise appreciates. Gabriel is a very cerebral person and he is excellent, when we said that we were looking for a duo well that's a bit like that, we wanted to have a whole that complemented each other well, I think that Emilise is perfect in this role, adds François Gagné. He believes that his absence from the National Assembly will not harm the political party.
We have a spokesperson who is in the National Assembly , who is able to bring back the files and ask the questions. We have someone who will go out into the field, that’s what will be interesting with Émilise. We are going to have someone who will have much more time to listen to citizens and bring that back to the National Assembly, he explains.