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The mayors of Qué bec and Montreal defend popular financing in politics

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If the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) ultimately decides to give up popular funding and asks other parties to do the same, elected officials at the municipal level are against the idea. Bruno Marchand first.

According to him, the CAQ has every right to decide that it falls back on public funding determined based on the results of previous elections.

The mayor of Quebec believes, however, that this should not become an obligation for all parties. Bruno Marchand judges that he would not have had the means to launch the race for mayor of Quebec in 2021 without the donations of citizens who supported his approach.

To survive, a democracy needs to not only rely on parties that benefit from a financial result from the previous election, says Mr. Marchand. Because that's how it works.

He suggests that it would be almost impossible to launch new political groups without this type of financing.

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We, as a new party, had to work hard to get money to campaign with lots of volunteers, but the same, there are a lot of costs and you don't You can't campaign if you don't have people who agree to give.

A quote from Bruno Marchand, mayor of Quebec

Mayor Marchand is, however, categorical: We will never finance a party, no matter which one, to finance someone.

The elected official already says it is in deep disagreement with the National Assembly if it decides to henceforth prohibit the financing of political parties by citizens.

His counterpart in the metropolis, Valérie Plante, head of Projet Montréal, is of the same opinion. Banning popular funding is not a good idea, she said on the show Le 15-18.

At the moment, I think there is a fear on the part of the population, which is legitimate, she said. The population wants to be told, in fact, that elected officials follow the rules and that there are no privileges in exchange for a contribution for a cocktail.

The mayors of Quebec and Montreal are unanimous: as long as the established rules are followed, popular financing has its place in a democracy.

With information from Olivier Lemieux

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