In Quebec, Andrew Scheer fights to erase memories of bad debate, keep campaign hopes alive
The Conservatives started a campaign with high hopes for Quebec. They renewed their image in the province and spent several months recruiting prominent local candidates.
Leader Andrew Scheer even made an offer from Quees to Trois-Rivière as prime minister. It was just such a medium-sized city where the Torahians felt that their promises would be echoed.
Within two hours, Scheer avoided the issue of abortion, attempted to sell an unpopular oil pipeline in Quebec, and supported the setting of dead-line aid limits in the province, which first drafted a law on the subject. And all in his second language.
The reviews were brutal. Francophone & nbsp; those involved proclaimed that Scheer had just killed his party's chances to profit in the province, while editorial cartoonists ridiculed his supportive position. & Nbsp;
This evening, Scheer will once again have the opportunity to discuss other leaders in French. The event starts at 8am. and broadcast on a variety of media, including Radio Canada.
His party's hopes in Quebec and Scheer's own goals for becoming prime minister may depend on a performance that erases the memory of what happened last week. & Nbsp;
It's on the Trois-Rivières runway, about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, where Conservative candidates are likely to be aware of the consequences of the TVA debate. & Nbsp;
The Conservatives have star candidate Yves Lermekque, who for 17 years has run a futile mayor in Trois-Rivieres. But now he is in close competition with the Liberals and the Bloc Québécois & nbsp; - Anyone competing to steal riding from an NDP operator.
Laudenque says he sought to offset Scheer's popularity problems by encouraging voters to look at a party platform that promises lower taxes, balanced budgets and a slow approach to tackling climate change.
"Maybe he is not as charismatic, as emotional as we would like." But is he doing a good job? & Nbsp; This is the point, "Levesque said in a recent interview at his campaign headquarters. "He's doing great. He made a great team."
Along the historic main street of Trois-Rivières, other people watching the debate highlighted an exchange on abortion. "It took him a while to say he was supportive of life. I think it hurt him," said one man.
And at the FM 106.9 studios, according to Rober Pilotte, a popular radio host at lunch, Scheer said his local candidate had not favored his efforts in French.
When the Conservative Party decided to design Quebec's electoral strategy about a year ago, they decided to revive the party's consecrated character: the bleu.
The name comes from the party that George-Étienne Cartier united with John A. Macdonald's Liberal Conservatives, forming the basis of a modern conservative party in the process.
In more modern circles, Bleu describes a sort of fiscal-conservative Quebec nationalist who, in the 1980s, called on Brian Mulroney for progressive conservatives, helping him behind the majority.
Thus, the party adopted a series of proposals aimed at appealing to these nationalist knights: French-language defenses, a one-time tax form and, more recently, a hands-on approach to Quebec's new secular law. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
These elections are, in many ways, a test for the marriage of the Quebec Bleu tradition and the social conservatism that forms the Scheer base in Western Canada.
Scheer's talk last week, in which his anti-abortion convictions captioned, made Quebecers feel that it was the socially conservative side of the party that was holding its own.
"It's not a selling point in Quebec when it comes to abortion, even when other parties put words in it," Pilotte said. "In Quebec we have moved on to other things."
Lavateque's own trajectory in the municipal and federal arenas further illustrates the complexity between Scheer's policies and the gradual attitude that Quebecers have on a number of issues, such as the environment.
During his term as mayor, Lermekque opposed the construction of a Canadian cross-border oil pipeline through Quebec. A similar project is at the heart of the Conservative platform.
"Look, I'm telling you, if you have time but you don't have time, just & nbsp; [see] the candidates we have in Quebec," said Laudenque & nbsp; early this week in an animated early morning interview. .
"We have the best candidates with the best knowledge and that makes us a great team. That's what makes a car. It's a conservative car. But what makes the right turn are the cars with our boss and our boss listens to us. Mr. Scheer is great. listener. "
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