(Quebec) PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon denounces the aggressiveness of government employees of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) who “attack” elected officials online.
It is abnormal, according to him, for employees who are supposed to remain neutral to demonstrate “aggressive partisanship towards opposition parties.”
“Normally, state employees do not attack elected officials,” Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon declared Monday at a press briefing in Montreal.
The events of recent days have led him to say that the CAQ has a “philosophy where there is no respect”.
“As a group, and in a coordinated manner with the same message, dozens of government employees attack an elected official. This is happening right now and it comes from an unhealthy political will. This is not good for the climate,” added the leader of the Parti Québécois (PQ).
Friday, MP Vincent Marissal, of Québec solidaire (QS), revealed an incident that occurred with Prime Minister François Legault in the corridors of the National Assembly.
Mr. Legault would have crossed him and called him a “national mud thrower” in reaction to his questions relating to the financing practices of the CAQ.
The CAQ later declared in the media that it had no lessons to learn from someone who ran for office “on a lie”, referring to the fact that Mr. Marissal had denied having flirted with the Liberal Party of Canada.
The CAQ continued its offensive on social networks all weekend.
Last Thursday, the Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, addressed PQ MP Pascal Bérubé in a corridor of parliament, while cameras were rolling, to remind him that he had also participated in a fundraising cocktail when he was minister tourism.
Mr. Bérubé asked her if she wanted him to talk about her 42 fundraising cocktails.
“The observation is alarming: the recent adventures in the National Assembly underline a chaotic start to the session for François Legault, leaving aside the real concerns of Quebecers,” lamented, in a message sent to The Canadian Press on Monday, the leader parliamentarian of the Liberal Party of Quebec (PLQ), Monsef Derraji.
The CAQ has been in turmoil since January 23 due to controversies over its fundraising methods.
The Canadian Press revealed messages from CAQ MPs who invited municipal elected officials to party fundraising cocktails, suggesting that this would be an opportunity to advance issues.
Two CAQ elected officials, Sylvain Lévesque and Louis-Charles Thouin, are the target of an investigation by the Ethics Commissioner of the National Assembly.
The Election Act provides that any citizen can contribute up to $100 per year to a political party, but without compensation.
The Canadian Press also learned that nearly half of the mayors, or 503 out of 1,138, have contributed to financing the CAQ since the 2021 municipal elections, for a total of nearly $100,000.
The sun had also revealed that Mme Guilbault and his colleague at the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, were by far the most popular ministers invited to CAQ fundraising cocktails. Incidentally, these are two ministries which award a lot of subsidies, the PQ then underlined.
QS accused the CAQ of having set up a financing “stratagem,” while the PQ mentioned a “systemic” financing method.
For several months now, the CAQ has seen its support plummet in the polls. François Legault’s party would now obtain 25% of voting intentions, compared to 32% for Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon’s PQ, according to the most recent Léger poll.