THE ULTIMATE DREAM FOR THE QUEBEC OF 2022: A GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS OF THE PROVINCE
As we enter the seventh (7th) wave of the pandemic, during a summer when the weather has been more than pleasing to most so far, we are still struggling within a political landscape that is at times exasperating.
Let us review the state of the union. We are looking forward to a provincial general election campaign that will elect a new government on Monday, October 3rd, 2022. The public opinion polls for months now have been predicting the return of a strong majority of seats to the National Assembly of Québec for the governing Coalition Avenir Québec led by Premier François Legault. Whether the CAQ manages to amass 90, 100, or 110 seats draws the interest of the betting public. The concerns of the democratic watch dogs center around the predictions that as little as 35 % of the voters turning out to the polls can lead to the election of a majority of 63 seats and more of the 125 seats up for election. Remembering that recent elections struggle to get two-thirds of eligible voters casting ballots means that the governing party with a large majority of seats can very well be in the position that voter turnout confirms that three-quarters of eligible voters did not cast a ballot for them.
So the battle for the position of the Official Opposition becomes the competitive race on October 3rd. The Québec Liberal Party is the favourite, having won thirty-one seats four years ago to only ten seats for Québec solidaire. The QLP can hold on to the important position of the Party of the Official Opposition by retaining less than half of the seats that they captured in the last general election.
What has changed in the political landscape of Québec for these seemingly less than democratic notions to emerge? Remembering that le Parti Québécois and the Conservative Party of Québec also hold seats in the National Assembly, and that the New Democratic Party of Québec and the Green Party of Québec amassed significant totals of votes in the last provincial general election. Add to those seven political parties the new ones recently receiving official party authorization from Pierre Reid, Director General of Elections Québec: le Bloc Montréal and the Canadian Party of Quebec. In addition to the nine political parties listed above, there will be independent candidates running as well as many of the tiny political fringe parties.
What becomes crucially important for voters is to follow the activities of the party leaders and their party candidates during July and August through whatever means you keep yourself informed: television, radio, newspapers, internet, etc.
Campaigning will become even more prominent as the election writ will dissolve the National Assembly, and you will be engulfed by the daily avalanche of political propaganda directed at you post-Labour Day until the advanced polling opportunities and finally the election day on Monday, October 3rd, 2022. It is so very important for all eligible voters to find out as much information as they can possibly access on the issues that will be facing the elected Members of the National Assembly of Québec in the four-year mandates that they are seeking.