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A calmer debate | Elections Quebec 2022

A calmer debate | Elections Quebec 2022
A calmer debate | Elections Quebec 2022

The strategy was the same each time: to raise doubts about the consequences that the implementation of Québec solidaire’s proposals would have for ordinary citizens. Faced with so many criticisms, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois accused his CAQ counterpart of misinforming and leading a fear campaign.

Without being disconcerted, the co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire sometimes had difficulty answering, on the merits, questions from François Legault. After having shone during the first debate, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois seemed more erased, less combative during this second confrontation.

Dominique Anglade, on the contrary, offered a much better performance than last week. The liberal leader was less scripted, more natural. The format of the debate will also have enabled him to better present his ideas.

The only woman on the set, she attacked François Legault’s record on childcare services. The lack of places, she argued, has consequences for families, and especially for young mothers. The attack was successful and the Liberal leader will no doubt want to do some mileage with this vein.

Faithful to what he had been during the first debate, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon again distinguished himself by his calm and poised tone. Implacable on the language issue, he highlighted François Legault’s inability to make gains with the federal government, even going so far as to compare his opponent to Jean Charest and Philippe Couillard. Claiming that independence would manage to solve the problems of the Quebec health system was, however, a bit over the top.

Paul St-Pierre Plamondon (in the center) once again distinguished himself with his calm and poised tone.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

On the theme of the pandemic, François Legault repeated the blow of the last debate to Éric Duhaime. Treating his vis-à-visstirrerthe head of the CAQ put him on the defensive by asking him how many elders he would have been willing to sacrifice in order to alleviate health constraints.

Éric Duhaime, for his part, was incisive on the question of the third link. He effectively underlined the many changes of course of the head of the CAQ on the reduction in the size of the State, or even on the project LNG Quebec.

The Conservative leader was also able to take advantage of a question on the place of private health to assert his difference. Less energetic than last Thursday, it is however not clear that the Conservative leader has managed to score points beyond the circle of his supporters.

After having had a bad evening last week, François Legault seemed more smiling and more serene during this second confrontation. He was also able to better explain his plan to help Quebecers cope with inflation.

Constantly targeting Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, we can however wonder if the head of the CAQ has sometimes not done too much, his insistence sometimes taking on the air of negativism. His attempt to interrupt Dominique Anglade was also poorly received by all of his opponents.

While his mixed performance in the first debate didn’t really shake his lead in the polls, his most recent performance could help him consolidate his support.

As for Dominique Anglade, one can wonder if it was not too late for her to introduce us to the real Dominicaif there is still time for her to save the Liberal campaign.

In general, the format of the debate will have enabled all the leaders to put forward their ideas, to better explain their proposals. There may not have been a big winner or a big loser, but citizens who hadn’t paid much attention to the campaign so far have been well served.

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