On September 20th, Canadians and Quebecers will go to the polls to choose a government. According to recent polling, the Conservative Party of Canada is the frontrunner to form the next government. If Erin O’Toole becomes Prime Minister, what will be his priorities for Quebec? Simon Leduc discussed this with the MP for Charlesbourg-Hautes-Saint-Charles, Pierre Paul-Hus.
First of all, this Conservative MP was first elected in 2015. The former military man is seeking a third term. “My field campaign is going very well, I’m doing a lot of door-to-door canvassing and the constituents of the riding are telling me that they are satisfied with the work I’ve done since 2015. Obviously, I’m not taking anything for granted. Until September 20, I will be working very hard to get the support of my constituents. I hope to obtain a third mandate to represent the people of my corner in Ottawa,” Paul-Hus said.
Secondly, since he became the leader of the CPC, Erin O’Toole has been trying to seduce Quebecers with bold measures. According to Paul-Hus, O’Toole is committed to respecting Quebec’s jurisdictions. “We are proposing to the people of Quebec a contract that is characterized by partnership federalism. Here are our main proposals for Quebec: a single tax report managed by Quebec, more power in immigration, imposing Bill 101 on federally chartered businesses, respecting Bill 21 on secularism, more power in culture and increasing health transfers,” he said.
According to him, a Conservative government will work in cooperation with La Belle Province and not be paternalistic towards it like Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.
Subsequently, the Conservative Party of Canada is the only federal political party that supports the proposed third link, a tunnel, between Quebec City and Levis, Paul-Hus added.
Conservative troops support the project because it will reduce traffic congestion in Quebec City. “We are in favour of this initiative because the people of Quebec City strongly support this highway project. In addition, it will be beneficial in the long term for the transportation of goods and it will relieve traffic congestion, which is currently a problem,” explained the Charlesbourg MP.
In conclusion, according to certain opinion polls, Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada is on the rise in terms of voting intentions. The latter is getting up to 8% of support across the country.
The Quebec Conservative MP believes that a vote for Maxime Bernier is a vote for Justin Trudeau. “If you want to drive the Liberals out of power, the Conservative Party of Canada is the only option. We are the only ones who can beat the Liberals. A split in the right-wing vote would help Justin Trudeau’s re-election,” he concludes.