Quebec elects its MPs, favorites given to the far-right coalition in power

More than six million voters are expected to elect Quebec’s 125 MPs. The current governing right-wing coalition should, unless surprised, be renewed.

Polling stations for the general elections opened in Quebec on Monday, October 3, where the right-wing coalition in power in this French-speaking Canadian province, which has centered on the issue of immigration and Quebec’s identity, should be renewed without difficulty . debates.

More than 6 million voters are called to the polls to elect the 125 members of the Quebec Assembly. Voting started at 9:30 a.m. (3:30 p.m. French time) and will end at 8:00 p.m. Shortly after opening in an office in a gym in central Montreal, crowds were very light, an AFP journalist noted. “Few people vote, it doesn’t make the election result true‘ complains Angèle Hebert, 22 years old.

A quarter of voters voted in advance

This voter, voting for the second time in her life, said she was sad to see that “that only half of the voting population votesAccording to figures released by Élections Québec, an independent body, nearly a quarter of voters had opted to vote in advance (by mail or at dedicated polling stations) — which is a record.

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), a heterogeneous right-wing nationalist party led by current Prime Minister François Legault, has been credited with nearly 38% of voting intentions in recent polls. Behind, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) would cap around 17%, which would be the worst result for the party that ruled Quebec for nearly 15 years prior to 2018. The other opposition parties are sovereign, with the exception of the Parti Québécois (PQ), which has scored a few points in the polls.

Four years ago, ex-multimillionaire and businessman François Legault won his bet, a “third way“. Neither separatist nor federalist, the founder of the airline Air Transat calls for an approach “businessnationalist politics and values. The question of Quebec’s identity once again excited the campaign with a party in power multiplying the sensational declarations.

It would be “a bit suicidalto welcome more newcomers given the decline of French, said François Legault, who has previously linked violence and immigration. In the province, which suffers from severe labor shortages, young people, some as young as 16, are present at the polling stations for the first time to act as tellers, even if they do not have the right to vote. The results are expected in the evening.

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