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The PCQ can help Poilievre at the federal level, believes Eric Duhaime

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Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec

The Canadian Press

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The Conservative Party of Canada (PCC) has more difficulty breaking through in Quebec, because there is no #x27;elected conservatives in the National Assembly, supports Éric Duhaime.

The leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) keeps repeating it: he has no intention of abandoning his political party to launch with his friend Pierre Poilievre on the federal scene. I think we can help the PCC much more by electing PCQ deputies to the National Assembly, assured Mr. Duhaime at a press conference on Monday.

When people decide to join the PCQ, the question practically does not arise, they will vote for the PCC, he added.

At present, Pierre Poilievre's conservative troops are prancing in the polls. According to the poll aggregator 338 Canada, they obtain around 40% of voting intentions in the country, which places them well into majority territory.

In Quebec, the PCC is however ahead of the Bloc Québécois and the Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau. The federal Conservative Party had more difficulties in Quebec and I think that this is partly due to the fact that it was not represented in the National Assembly, analyzes Mr. Duhaime. Currently, there are nine federal Conservative MPs elected in Quebec.

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The Quebec conservative leader does not hide his closeness to Pierre Poilievre. Last week, Éric Duhaime shared a photo on X, in which he is accompanied by the federal Conservative leader, the latter's wife, Anaida, and his former candidate for the riding of Robert-Baldwin, Axel Lellouche.

Pierre Poilievre is someone for whom I have a lot of respect. […] I speak to him regularly, it's no secret, he said.

Mr. Duhaime maintains that he will not campaign for the federal Conservatives, but intends to say publicly that he will vote for them. We saw with François Legault that even if you tell people who to vote for, people will not necessarily follow you, he said.

Although the setbacks of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) benefit the Parti Québécois (PQ) at the provincial level, Éric Duhaime is confident that he too will be able to benefit from them. The Conservative leader is betting that the PQ honeymoon will not last and that voters will look for an alternative.

The calculation we make at the PCQ is that people will remember in a few months why they left the PQ a few years ago and they will look for a new place, he said. supported. Remember that Éric Duhaime is himself a former PQ member.

According to Mr. Duhaime, there are still voters from the defunct Action Démocratique du Québec (ADQ) of Mario Dumont within the CAQ who could find refuge within the PCQ. François Legault's Party swallowed up the ADQ in 2012.

Currently, according to the poll aggregator Qc125, the PQ is located in first place in voting intentions for the entire province, while the PCQ is last.

Its support is, however, concentrated in the Quebec region where poll projections give it between two and five seats. The PQ is also first in the National Capital.

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