MONTREAL – It is done: Jean-Martin Aussant was elected as a candidate of the Parti Quebecois in Pointe-aux-Trembles, in view of the provincial elections on 1st October next. It prevails in the face of Maxime Laporte, with 64% of the votes.
Several hundred members of the Parti quebecois in Pointe-aux-Trembles, were assembled on Sunday afternoon to elect a single candidate for the next general elections.
The pq members had the choice between Jean-Martin Aussant, an economist and ex-member of parliament well known in Quebec, and the young activist Maxime Laporte, head of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
A few minutes before the vote, Mr. Aussant has tried to convince the activists that it was in the best position to represent the Parti quebecois in this constituency that the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) – hope delight.
It has put forward its economic profile, and its privileged role to the chef, Jean-François Lisée, who entrusted him with the mandate of updating the studies on sovereignty.
For his part, Maxime Laporte has had little time to argue. The candidates had ten minutes to speak, and Mr. Laporte has left the ex-prime minister Bernard Landry to present it far and wide.
Mr. Landry stated that he would support Jean-Martin Aussant in any constituency except that of Pointe-aux-Trembles. He introduced Mr. Laporte as a “rare pearl” and emphasized his youth.
“It embodies what is best for the future of Quebec,” he said.
“He is the superior, the stronger, the more credible to win the Parti québécois.”
During his short speech, Maxime Laporte has spoken of his field campaign, and pointed out that he had knocked on over 600 doors during these few months.
After the speeches, the members of the Parti québécois have been invited to go and vote. The result should be known at around 15: 30.
Before the vote, MESSRS. Aussant and Laporte were said to be safe enough to take it, and both have suggested that a potential defeat does not make bitter.
Regardless of the candidate, he will have a hard battle ahead of him in view of the general elections, because the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) has put all the gum to make his breakthrough on the island of Montreal, passing through this district. To do this, the party has recruited the mayor of the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Chantal Rouleau.
The riding of Pointe-aux-Trembles is represented by the Parti québécois since its inception in 1988. In the elections of 2014, Nicole Léger had won the election with more than 43 percent of the vote, against his rival caquiste Mathieu Binette, who had collected a little more than 24 percent of the vote.