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Émilise Lessard-Therrien elected co-spokesperson of QS

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Émilise Lessard-Therrien was a solidarity MP for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue from 2018 to 2022.

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Gathered at a conference this weekend in Gatineau, Québec solidaire delegates voted in favor of former MP Émilise Lessard-Therrien, who won the race with 50.3% of the votes in the second round. She will replace Manon Massé as female spokesperson for Québec solidaire alongside Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

She was competing against MPs Ruba Ghazal and Christine Labrie, who received 36.2% and 28.4% of the votes in the first round, respectively. Ms. Ghazal then obtained 49.7% of the votes in the second round.

Ms. Lessard-Therrien was the Member of Parliament for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue from 2018 to 2022. Since her defeat, she had returned to her profession as a farmer. She benefited from the support of the deputy for Rosemont, Vincent Marissal.

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Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois welcomes the victory of Émilise Lessard-Therrien as female co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire.

Today, I am returning to Québec Solidaire through the front door, she declared in her victory speech.

The woman who will be 32 years old on Monday also congratulated herself on being the first co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire de la rurality.

It’s clearer than ever, Québec solidaire is the left Quebec in its entirety. […] To the people of the regions, you now have a great ally who understands you.

A quote from Émilise Lessard-Therrien, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

The day before, at the last debate, she had declared that it [was] time for Québec solidaire to also speak through the mouths of its regions…from these realities.

Ms. Lessard-Therrien thus succeeds Manon Massé, who announced in the spring that, while remaining a deputy, she would not seek another mandate as spokesperson.

In addition, the Québec solidaire delegates overwhelmingly reiterated their confidence in their male co-spokesperson, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

The latter obtained 90% support on Sunday, compared to 94% in 2021.

On Saturday, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois told activists, moved, that he had thought about leaving his position as the party's male spokesperson.

In politics, we are always criticized […] and, over time, we develop a tough skin. There are also criticisms that come from within and these are the ones that penetrate the armor, he explained.

The relative plateauing of Québec solidaire during the last electoral campaign would also have weighed in the balance.

Moreover, two deputies from Québec solidaire took advantage of the congress to criticize Bill 15 of the Legault government aimed at making the health and social services system more efficient .

Vincent Marissal and Guillaume Cliche-Rivard consider the bill shaky, with amendments tabled at the last minute, and which would not be adoptable in the current state of affairs.

They say they do not understand the eagerness of the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, to study the document of 308 pages and 1000 articles, while there are other more urgent files in the network.

Deputy Marissal does not see the point in adopting this bill at full speed to please the minister who, according to him, “did not deliver in health.

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