Liberals fall short: Will field 124 candidates in 125 ridings


Candidacy of Harley Lounsbury in Matane-Matapédia has been refused by the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec.

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The Quebec Liberal Occasion is contesting a choice by Quebec’s election officers to not settle for the paperwork of one among its candidates, which might make it the one one of many 5 main events to not discipline a full slate of 125 candidates on Oct. 3.

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Liberal Chief Dominque Anglade, who simply hours earlier had mentioned she would have 125 candidates by the deadline of two p.m. Saturday and had spent a lot of the primary week of the marketing campaign answering questions on a number of vacant ridings, mentioned Sunday the celebration will contest the choice to refuse Matane-Matapédia candidate Harley Lounsbury.

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It marks the primary time in latest historical past the celebration hasn’t had a candidate in each using.

The Matane-Matapédia using within the Bas-St-Laurent area has lengthy been a Parti Québécois stronghold, and is the one one it’s favoured to win within the election, with PQ MNA Pascal Bérubé being in style there.

Anglade didn’t have additional particulars about what occurred along with her candidate.

“We put it within the palms of our authorized workforce to have a look at what occurred,” a clearly sad Anglade mentioned on Saturday. “It is a scenario that’s unacceptable. … We’re going to have critical conversations internally.”

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The province’s different 4 predominant events have all confirmed candidates within the province’s 125 ridings.

In the meantime, within the Joliette using, the Liberals needed to scramble to exchange one other candidate on the final minute.

Malek Arab pulled out of the race for “private causes,” the celebration mentioned in a press release. Anglade didn’t give particulars on his causes, however introduced nuclear medication technician Diana Mélissa Crispin would substitute him on the poll.

“Mr. Arab won’t be the candidate in Joliette. Will probably be Ms. Crispin. I’m very comfortable Ms. Crispin has joined us, an individual within the well being sector,” Anglade mentioned.

In all, 880 individuals have registered as candidates within the election, the Directeur général des élections du Québec mentioned Saturday, with 21 political events having at the least one candidate.

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The Inexperienced Occasion led by Alex Tyrrell has 73 candidates, lower than the 97 it offered 4 years in the past. Climat Québec, led by former PQ minister Martine Ouellet, has 54 candidates.

Minority rights events Bloc Montréal and the Canadian Occasion of Quebec registered solely 13 and 20 candidates, respectively, whereas six events together with the Bloc Pot and New Democratic Occasion of Quebec didn’t current any.

There are additionally 14 independents registered, 4 fewer than in 2018.

Montreal’s Verdun using is essentially the most contested, with 11 candidates on the poll.

The variety of ladies working for workplace is up, representing 43 per cent of the whole, three factors greater than 2018. Québec solidaire and the Coalition Avenir Québec have 56 per cent and 55 per cent ladies working, respectively.

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The typical age of candidates is 45, however there are 123 between the ages of 18 and 29. The Inexperienced Occasion, whose common age is 39, is the youngest group, whereas the Marxist-Leninist Occasion is the oldest with a median age of 62.

Events with candidates on this election

  • Coalition avenir Québec: 125
  • Québec solidaire: 125
  • Parti Québécois: 125
  • Conservative Occasion of Quebec: 125
  • Quebec Liberal Occasion: 124
  • Inexperienced Occasion of Quebec: 73
  • Climat Québec: 54
  • Démocratie directe: 28
  • Canadian Occasion of Quebec: 20
  • Bloc Montréal: 13
  • Marxist-Leninist Occasion of Quebec: 12
  • Équipe autonomiste: 10
  • L’union fait la pressure: 9
  • Parti nul: 9
  • Parti 51: 5
  • Alliance pour la famille et les communautés: 2
  • Parti culinaire du Québec: 2
  • Parti humain du Québec: 2
  • Parti accès propriété et équité: 1
  • Parti libertarien du Québec: 1
  • Union nationale: 1
  • Impartial: 14
  • TOTAL: 880

Events not presenting candidates

  • Bloc Pot
  • New Democratic Occasion of Quebec
  • Quebec Animal Occasion
  • Parti pour l’indépendance du Québec
  • Integrity Quebec
  • Quebecers United for Equality

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