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Debate evaluation: Barbs fly as Legault goes on the assault to maintain his job


The controversy was held because the election marketing campaign strikes into its ultimate part and the leaders try to shore up weak ridings throughout Quebec.

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This time François Legault positively appeared he needs to maintain his job.

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However his opponents had been even higher ready with causes he shouldn’t.

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In an encore presentation to their first debate Sept. 15 on TVA, the 5 leaders within the Oct. 3 common election went again at it Thursday night, this time at Radio-Canada.

The distinction between the 2 debates was hanging. Whereas the politicians within the first debate had been criticized as a result of at instances everybody was talking on the similar time, the format of the Radio-Canada debate made the train simpler on the ears.

Off the highest, moderator Patrice Roy set the tone, saying he needed an “orderly and respectful” debate and the leaders, maybe feeling contrite, typically adopted the foundations and exercised self-discipline.

“You could have been exemplary,” Roy stated because the two-hour debate drew to an in depth.

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The controversy was evenly balanced, with Roy revealing that every of the 5 candidates averaged between 17 and 19 minutes in talking time.

However whereas tamer, the barbs flew anyway in an entertaining present.

Legault — who was accused of enjoying defence final time and searching grumpy — upped his sport, tackling Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Conservative Get together of Quebec Chief Éric Duhaime with equal gusto.

He blasted the QS local weather discount plan, accusing the get together of “dwelling in wonderland” in telling Quebecers he can reduce greenhouse gases by 55 per cent by 2030. And he returned to calling the tariffs QS plans to slap on giant automobiles “orange taxes.”

And he challenged Nadeau-Dubois to say which manufacturing vegetation he would shut along with his local weather plan.

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Fast on his toes, Nadeau-Dubois fired again.

“Cease placing up scary Halloween decorations (to scare folks),” Nadeau-Dubois stated, drawing a couple of laughs within the media room. “Cease attempting to scare Quebecers.”

It obtained even nastier with Duhaime, as Legault accused him of performing like an “agitator and being irresponsible” by tapping into and exploiting anger over COVID-19 well being measures.

“What number of extra seniors had been you able to sacrifice?” Legault requested, pointing instantly at Duhaime.

“I received’t stoop to your degree,” Duhaime stated.

Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec get together and Duhaime’s Conservatives are in a fierce battle in three Quebec Metropolis area ridings.

“I’m not shocked that Mr. Legault attacked me a lot,” Nadeau-Dubois advised reporters later, “It reveals what his actual priorities are. It’s to not struggle local weather change; it’s to assault and disinform on the true packages of QS.”

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Duhaime stated he discovered the Legault assault “a bit weird” as a result of it got here throughout a dialogue on psychological well being.

There was additionally a heated alternate between Legault and Liberal Chief Dominique Anglade on the place of ladies in Quebec society. Anglade is the one feminine chief within the race.

Anglade stated that beneath Legault’s administration there had been setbacks for girls. When Legault tried to intervene, each Nadeau-Dubois and Parti Québécois chief Paul St-Pierre Plamondon intervened saying “let her communicate.”

Legault finally responded that the CAQ authorities had elevated salaries for academics and nurses.

“Now we have to have the ability to identify issues, and I did,” Anglade stated later, including Legault’s management and hers are basically completely different: he imposes his view whereas she prefers to construct consensus.

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“It (the accusation) angered me a bit,” Legault advised reporters after the talk.

Anglade exuded power, releasing a video earlier than the talk of her dancing in her dressing room to the music, “I gotta feeling,” by the Black Eyed Peas. She entered the talk saying she needed Quebecers to see the “actual Dominique.”

In contrast to the primary debate, Anglade additionally squeezed in a pitch for federalism. It’s an indication she hopes Liberals who sat out the 2018 election marketing campaign will come again into the fold.

She took warmth from Duhaime, who accused her, once more, of betraying Quebec’s English-speaking group by at first supporting the CAQ’s Invoice 96 overhauling the Constitution of the French Language, proposing amendments making it worse for the group after which in the long run voting in opposition to the regulation.

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Anglade didn’t tackle the cost instantly however stated the Liberals couldn’t assist a regulation that takes away the rights of the English-speaking group.

Legault and St-Pierre Plamondon had a go at one another as properly over the way forward for the independence motion Legault was once a part of.

St-Pierre Plamondon accused him of desirous to “extinguish the sovereignty motion in Quebec.”

On the TVA debate final week, Legault boldly said Quebec’s Liberals now not have a monopoly on selling federalism as a result of the CAQ needs Quebec to succeed inside Canada as properly. He didn’t repeat the remark on this debate.

Legault this time stated whereas he considers independence reputable, Quebecers immediately are usually not focused on referendums.

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Requested by the moderator whether or not he would vote Sure or No immediately, Legault didn’t reply.

“It might divide Quebecers,” Legault stated. “We don’t desire a referendum.”

Legault was requested later whether or not he thought he did higher on this debate than the final.

“It’s as much as folks to evaluate,” Legault stated, agreeing he had extra enjoyable this debate than the final one. “I had extra probabilities to suggest issues as a substitute of solely answering the 4 leaders.”

The controversy was held because the election marketing campaign strikes into its ultimate part. The leaders try to shore up weak ridings throughout Quebec and assist candidates who appear to have an opportunity of successful.

Legault’s marketing campaign particularly has been criticized as lacklustre and with out focus. Analysts be aware that whereas Quebecers had a motive to vote CAQ in 2018 — to rid themselves of the Liberals — this time Legault, who’s providing extra of the identical, has a more durable promote.

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As Journal de Montréal columnist Joseph Facal famous Thursday, it’s not sufficient for the CAQ to say the opposite events are worse than they’re and may’t be trusted to manipulate. It’s additionally not sufficient to promote your previous as a result of voters are an ungrateful lot and solely vote in your previous in the event that they need to punish you.

“You thus must say what you’ll do for them sooner or later, to map out the place you need to go,” Facal wrote. “The CAQ dangers dragging itself over the end line and to have a much less superb victory than it needed.”

pauthier@postmedia.com

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