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Congrés de Québec solidaire this weekend

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With 12 deputies, Québec solidaire currently forms the second opposition group in the National Assembly.

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Some 600 members of Québec solidaire (QS) are meeting at a conference this weekend in Gatineau, where they will elect a female spokesperson to replace Manon Massé.

The congress will also be an opportunity for members to debate ideas such as allowing only women or non-binary people to run in future by-elections.

The measure would be temporary, while the party carries out a global review of its statutes. It would aim to increase diversity and achieve parity within the caucus, we can read in the proposal book.

Members will also be called to vote on cost of living proposals such as:

The party also wants members to discuss five major challenges: climate change, the energy future, artificial intelligence, Quebec culture and the aging of the population.

This reflection will continue over the winter, to lead to proposals to be adopted during a national council in spring 2024, with a view to the general elections of 2026, we mention.

According to the most recent Pallas-Data poll, QS would only garner 16% of popular favor, far behind the Parti Québécois (PQ) and the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), but tied with the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ).

Moreover, the recent release of the book by former solidarity MP Catherine Dorion, in which she criticizes the parliamentary leader of QS, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, shook up the party quite a bit.

Members will have to decide whether they renew their confidence in Mr. Nadeau-Dubois or whether they prefer to leave the position vacant. Both of these options will appear on their ballot.

What I' I hope is that the delegates will give him a strong mandate, I think he deserves it.

A quote from Alexandre Leduc, parliamentary leader of QS

In 2021, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois obtained a score of 94%.

The candidates for the position of female spokesperson are Christine Labrie, Émilise Lessard-Therrien and Ruba Ghazal. They will have the chance to face each other one last time during a debate on Saturday morning.

The results of the vote will be revealed on Sunday.

So far, the three women – who have very different backgrounds – have debated independence and the best way to move the party forward.

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Christine Labrie, Émilise Lessard-Therrien and Ruba Ghazal during a previous debate in October.

They all note that QS is stagnating, but propose different ways to remedy this situation.

In the opinion of Ruba Ghazal, an HEC Montreal graduate who grew up in Laval, the party must quickly start courting the suburbs, places it has neglected for too long, she said. .

Former municipal councilor and farmer Émilise Lessard-Therrien, for her part, proposes to give back dreams to Quebecers, by promoting food sovereignty its priority.

And Christine Labrie was harsh, recommending that QS simplify its vocabulary, change the tone of its message and make more concrete proposals. The former lecturer at the University of Sherbrooke even accused her party of trying to avoid expressing its vision of an independent Quebec.

All three of us put forward proposals that resonated with the members and the result, at the moment, I am not capable to guess it, declared Ms. Labrie in a press scrum on Friday.

Saying calm, Ms. Lessard-Therrien pleaded that an extra-parliamentary spokesperson could spend more time in the field.

I'm going to be a development officer, someone who's going to be available to the media, I'm going to to make some ground and I hope that it will rally many more people.

A quote from Émilise Lessard-Therrien

For her part, Ms. Ghazal continues to see it as a disadvantage. If Émilise wins, it's just that the challenge is greater, given that she is not in the National Assembly, she warned.

Ms. Labrie benefits from the support of four deputies: Alexandre Leduc (Hochelaga-Maisonneuve), Haroun Bouazzi (Maurice-Richard), Étienne Grandmont (Taschereau) and Guillaume Cliche-Rivard (Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne).

Ms. Ghazal is supported by the deputies for Jean-Lesage and Laurier-Dorion, Sol Zanetti and Andrés Fontecilla, while Ms. Lessard-Therrien received the support of Rosemont MP Vincent Marissal.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, Manon Massé and whip Alejandra Zaga Mendez affirmed that they would remain neutral until the vote.

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