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Priority to women in partial elections: a former QS candidate slams the door

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Olivier Bolduc was the candidate for Québec solidaire during the by-election in Jean-Talon, in 2023. (Archive photo)

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The former solidarity candidate in Jean-Talon's by-election, Olivier Bolduc, slams the door due to his party's decision to exclude male candidates in the by-elections to promote presence of a woman in politics.

Olivier Bolduc confirms that he recently sent an email to Québec solidaire (QS) to say that he no longer wanted to be a member of the party, in reaction to the resolution voted at the party congress at the end of the week.

The party has decided that only women and non-binary people will have the right, between now and the next congress in fall 2024, to run under its banner during a partial election.

During the last by-election, the candidacy of Olivier Bolduc was also contested because he x27;was a man.

In July, members of the political party received an official communication from the president of the QS national steering committee ordering them to opt for a woman instead. The members finally chose Mr. Bolduc.

Olivier Bolduc has worn the colors of QS five times, including three during investitures.

Newly elected, the new co-spokesperson Émilise Lessard-Therrien reacted to the resignation of the former candidate, recalling that the presence of women in politics is important.

Parity is fundamental. The last election worked against us, believes Ms. Lessard-Therrien, recalling that eight men were elected against only four women.

We want to give ourselves mechanisms to regain this balance and bring back women. It’s a temporary measure, she explains. I believe in this proposition.

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