Orford PQ looks to Argenteuil
unexpected win of the PQ in the almost eternal Liberal stronghold of Argenteuil has put new hope in the local Parti Québécois supporters who showed up in rather large numbers for a breakfast meeting, last Friday, to hear their local candidate, Michel Breton, and others speak to them for a weekday morning event.
Numbers may be on the side of the péquistes for the time being as the lat-
est party to take shape has problems taking form. The former PQ minister François Legault lead C.A.Q. , Coalition Avenir Québec, is going nowhere in the Argenteuil contest and is still unable to field a candidate in the Townships, months after a rather good performance in attracting donors in Sherbrooke last year. Mr. Legault, it will be remembered, said that he was drowning in quality candidates then and that his toughest job was choosing one. So, the game has changed a bit and the calculation for the PQ in the new redistributed Orford riding, showing that they would win by a very small margin, may well hold up if an election is called for September.
Mr. Breton, who comes from the private sector, has been the perennial PQ candidate for the last two elections. He came third in the 2007 call to the urns when the ADQ surged all across Québec, second in 2008, but still lost by more than 2,000 votes, but anytime that the electoral map is completely reshuffled, the bets are skewed differently and harder to predict.
The economy, Mr. Breton’s preferred field, will be at the forefront of his local campaign. “The Liberals seem to have cooked the books as the Auditor General has said. We will need first to clean up that mess when we are elected.” He added that some measures will be taken back: “It doesn’t make any sense that the $200 per head health tax continues. Someone making $15,000 pays as much as a multi-millionaire in the Liberals way; it doesn’t make sense.”
While the election has not been called yet, all pundits are saying that one will be held in September as the Charbonneau enquiry would then spill more dirt on the corruption scandal that has plagued the province for the last decade.
Parti Quebecois hopeful for the Orford riding, Michel Breton, spoke to supporters at a breakfast meeting last Friday.