Benoit Charette does not support the CCP’s environmental plan

The Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, puts a damper on the support given to the Conservative Party of Canada (PCC) by the Prime Minister Francois Legault last Thursday.

The CCP’s environmental plan does not satisfy Mr. Charrette. “It is not the aspect of their platform that impresses us more”, “At the environmental level, it is certainly not the most interesting aspect of [leur programme] “, He declared during a press briefing at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Mr. Charrette, however, praised – as Mr. Legault did last week – the merits of a “minority government” in Ottawa. The formation of a government that does not have a majority of votes in the House of Commons, the day after the election on September 20, would allow Quebec to “continue to have this power of influence at the federal level” and would favor the maintaining current federal environmental laws, he argued. “The government, whatever its color, if it is in the minority in Ottawa in a few days, will not be able to transform environmental practices without seeking the support of other parties,” said Mr. Charette.

The leaders of the opposition parties in turn criticized François Legault on Tuesday for calling on Quebec voters to support the CCP ofErin O’Toole, which is, according to him, the most respectful of the jurisdictions of Quebec.

Dominique Anglade, Manon Massé and Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, for their part, refused to take sides with any of the federal political parties currently competing for the support of voters.

The parliamentary leader of the official opposition, André Fortin, however had no embarrassment to “give [sa] perspective, [ses] advice on Quebec politics ”to the head of Liberal Party of Canada (PLC), Justin trudeau, in view of the leaders’ debates. “Any federal party leader, any municipal elected official who asks me for my perspective, who asks me for advice on Quebec politics, I will be happy to [lui] provide, ”explained the member for Pontiac. “But it is not for me, today, to tell Quebecers how to vote,” he added, denouncing in passing the “paternalistic approach” adopted by Mr. Legault in the federal election campaign.

“Who is the real boss of[André Fortin] ? Asked Mr. Legault during question period.

The head of Quebec Liberal Party, Dominique Anglade, said she was ready to offer her “perspectives” on one issue or another to Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole or even Yves-Francois Blanchet.

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