(Quebec) The Témiscouata and Rivière-du-Loup RCMs voted this week for François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) to reinstate MP Denis Tardif in its caucus.
Mr. Tardif has been excluded from the CAQ caucus since mid-December for violating health rules.
A TVA Nouvelles video showed him feasting in a brewery in his region, without respecting the social distancing of two meters.
Visibly tipsy, Mr. Tardif was seen in the process of multiplying the accolades. He was making one last outing before the closing of bars and restaurants in his region, which fell into the red zone.
Mr. Tardif quickly admitted his mistake and announced in a statement on December 17 that he himself made the decision to withdraw from the caucus temporarily.
The office of Prime Minister Legault qualified the gesture of the member for Témiscouata – Rivière-du-Loup as a “great error in judgment”, and has never agreed to repeat it.
The pressure, however, could come from the RCMs.
“Currently, there are two RCMs, out of the three RCMs we represent, who have sent, or will shortly be sending, a resolution to the Prime Minister’s office asking for the rapid reinstatement of Mr. Tardif in the caucus,” declared to The Canadian Press the political attaché of Mr. Tardif, Nicolas Lessard-Dupont.
“It shows that the community recognizes the work that the member has done for two years,” he added.
The MRC des Basques, for its part, must vote on this issue in February.