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

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The leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, participated in the Saguenay Press Circle.

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The leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, believes that his political party will take control of the five ridings of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean during the 2026 provincial elections. Currently, they are all held by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).

Visiting the Saguenay Press Circle, on the sidelines of the PQ caucus in the region, the PQ leader demonstrated great enthusiasm in view of the next election, in the context where his party is experiencing an increase in the polls.

Our goal in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is five out of five. Like in 2012. How do we get there? By preparing […]. We raise hopes. It's up to us to work hard to live up to these hopes, declared Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, speaking to the regional press.

He recalled that in Alma, for example, there is a long history and loyalty of independentists who love the PQ.

We receive testimonies from people who are happy to return to what was a political attachment, he argued, adding that the independence of Quebec is still dear to a large proportion of the Quebec population.

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According to the PQ leader, who is very critical of the government of François Legault, a strong majority of Quebecers will vote for another political party and expect a change.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon did not mince his words with regard to the CAQ, a party according to him elected on the basis of representations which do not have not proven.

The confidence is no longer there, and rightly so, declared the number one of the PQ.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon spoke at length about the housing crisis, which, according to him, has been handled catastrophically by the government in place. He believes that the CAQ denied for four years that there was such a crisis in Quebec and that no concrete action was taken to resolve this major social problem.

He also threw an arrow at the Member of Parliament for Chicoutimi and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Andrée Laforest. Before the last election, she also held the Ministry of Housing, which was split in two and entrusted to France-Élaine Duranceau.

La Laforest-Duranceau housing combination will probably have been the worst in the history of Quebec. On this issue, it is indefensible, he said, adding that the CAQ deputies are forced to remain silent.

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The Rio project Tinto plans to produce hundreds of megawatts from wind turbines in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

Asked about private wind farm projects like that of Rio Tinto to produce energy, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is categorical.

If Rio Tinto is capable of building a wind farm, why wouldn't Hydro-Québec be able to do it? This raises a question of collective wealth. Why would we abandon that? Why would we privatize it? What is the community’s interest in a project like this? , hammered the PQ.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon observes a political will to destroy René Lévesque's dream.

We don't want to pool costs and then privatize profits for Power Corp or Rio Tinto, he added.

Despite the fact that the PQ only benefits from $800,000 in annual operating budget at the National Assembly, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon does not let himself be discouraged. However, he agrees that the sums available to the other parties are much greater, which gives them more resources. The CAQ benefits from a budget of $3.8 million, while Québec solidaire can count on $2.6 million. The Quebec Liberal Party, for its part, has an operating envelope of $5.1 million.

We have more limited means. When people encourage us, we see it in funding and membership cards. […] Despite the challenges, which party was present to take a critical look at what is happening in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean? Even with a small team, we play a leading role. Our goal is to reinvest in our team over the next year, said Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

In the midst of a media crisis, the Parti Québécois is working on a concrete plan to help press companies.

The PQ leader lifted the veil on three concrete measures that will be included in the plan.

If it comes to power, the Parti Québécois will put an end to all government spending, advertising or otherwise, with companies that refuse to distribute part of their revenue to the media.

The PQ is still on strike in Meta, while other parties have broken solidarity. The Liberals and Québec Solidaire are still having a field day on Meta, he argued.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon intends to expand tax credits for the written press and create a CRTQ to replace the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He also wants journalism to become an essential service because there is no democracy without journalists.

The PQ will table its own policy on the protection of woodland caribou with a view to 2026.

We are supposed to have a plan based on the data on this dynamic. Where are the beasts? To my knowledge, there is still no solution. We are always shoveling forward and we leave people in uncertainty, lamented the guest of the Press Circle, criticizing the absence of a proper plan in Quebec.

By kicking off his party's caucus in the region, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon intends to meet certain elected officials and stakeholders in the community. He would have liked to meet the mayor of Saguenay, Julie Dufour, but Tuesday's municipal council created a scheduling conflict.

He did, however, have the opportunity to discuss with the mayor of Alma, Sylvie Beaumont.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon vigorously denounced the practices of the CAQ, revealed Wednesday by Radio-Canada, according to which it is commonplace that municipal elected officials must participate in the financing of the party to meet people in power.

What we should ask Ms. Laforest is how the financing works and do municipal elected officials have to contribute to the CAQ to meet with CAQ elected officials? I received several pieces of information on a confidential basis.

It is not normal for an elected official to have to participate in a fundraising cocktail to have access to someone in Quebec, denounced Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, calling the whole thing a ploy and drawing a parallel with the Charbonneau Commission.

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