QUEBEC – By questioning the legality of the “Change your address” operation of Québec solidaire (QS), the CAQ staff is trying to put a spoke in the wheels of young people who are only looking to vote there where they live, denounces Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
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Since the start of the election campaign, the party of François Legault has contacted the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec (DGEQ) on at least two occasions because Quebec solidaire encourages young people to change their address in order to be able to vote on their college campus. or university.
Sunday, the solidarity candidate in Rimouski, Carol-Ann Kack, published an ephemeral video inviting 18 to 34 year olds to do the same. QS also had to interrupt the distribution, on campus, of leaflets encouraging students to change their address, in the Sherbrooke area, among others.
In an interview with our Parliamentary Office, the director general of the CAQ, Brigitte Legault, expressed concern about what could be, according to her party, “a fraudulent electoral maneuver”. Until now, the DGEQ has stuck to recalling that “students do not necessarily acquire their domicile in the district of their educational establishment”.
“It’s legal” considers QS
“What I see is the CAQ staff, which is working very, very hard to put a spoke in the wheels of Québec solidaire, to ensure that young people do not vote where they have their home,” reacted Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
He sees no problem with students changing their address for the constituency where they live and study.
“The law is clear: it allows you to change your address to ensure that they vote in the right constituency, that is to say the constituency where they have their domicile. They have that possibility. It is legal, the DGEQ has never put us in contravention of the law, ”assured the spokesperson in solidarity.
“The decision to accept or not a change of address, it is the authorities of the DGEQ who take it, he recalled. It’s neither the CAQ nor Québec solidaire, I trust the people of the DGEQ to make the right decisions.
GND mocks CAQ leaflets
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois took the opportunity to make fun of CAQ activists, who have started distributing leaflets imitating those of Quebec solidaire, to demonize what François Legault calls “orange taxes”.
“Me, the CAQ activists who walk around the neighborhoods at night to put leaflets in people’s windshields, I find that rather funny. I don’t think it’s the kind of politics that will appeal to Quebecers, I don’t think it’s going to change a lot of people’s minds.
While the CAQ leader defends the use of this type of advertising by arguing that his party must inform voters of the threat posed by QS, this type of leaflet does not explain “why we should trust the CAQ in environment, why it is the best way to take care of the planet”, observed Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.