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The Conservative Party of Canada introduced Saturday it had recruited former Bloc Québécois chief Michel Gauthier, because the get together continues its efforts to make inroads in Quebec.
Gauthier advised a gathering of the federal get together’s Quebec wing that he had concluded that “there was never a conflict of jurisdiction with the governments of Quebec,” below the Conservative governments led by Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney.
“It’s the political party that’s the closest to Quebec nationalists, the most sensitive to Quebec,” he mentioned as he arrived on the normal council assembly in Saint-Hyacinthe, about 60 kilometres east of Montreal.
“And it’s also a new party, with a new leader, a new team a new program, and a new government,” he mentioned. “And I want to work for that.”
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The former MP mentioned he’s not a sovereigntist and believes the Conservative get together is the most effective one to serve Quebec’s pursuits.
Gauthier was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and led the Bloc Quebecois from 1996 to 1997 at a time when the get together shaped the official Opposition.
He continued to occupy a outstanding position within the get together earlier than leaving politics in 2007.
He mentioned he received’t run within the subsequent federal election, however will help to the get together’s candidates in Quebec.
The announcement follows the resignation of seven of the Bloc Quebecois’ 10 MPs, who stop the sovereigntist get together in February over variations with chief Martine Ouellet.
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It additionally comes because the Conservative get together, which is internet hosting its first nationwide council in Quebec, has been reaching out to members of different events because it seeks to develop its presence within the province.
In a speech Saturday, former Conservative cupboard minister Lawrence Cannon, who has additionally served as Canada’s ambassador to France, invited get together members to “extend a hand” to NDP sympathizers in addition to members of different political formations.
“Our party will never be a sovereigntist party or a socialist party, but it should always be an open party,” he advised the final council.
One of these being courted by the get together is the well-known mayor of Trois-Rivières, Yves Levesque, who mentioned Saturday that he was significantly contemplating whether or not to make the leap to federal politics.
But Brigitte Sansoucy, the present NDP MP for the Saint-Hyacinthe area, mentioned she wasn’t intimidated by the Conservative troops touchdown on her doorstep, nor was she satisfied that the get together had modified below the management of Andrew Scheer.
“What I see in the House, every day, is the same Conservative party that we saw during the 10 years of Harper, the same positions,” Sansoucy mentioned.
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“Again this week, it was blatant,” she mentioned, referring to a Conservative Manitoba MP who induced an uproar within the House when he known as out that abortion was not a proper.
Scheer has mentioned he’s personally in opposition to abortion, however has promised he received’t reopen the talk if he’s elected prime minister — much like the strategy taken by Harper.
The Conservatives jumped from seven to 12 seats in Quebec within the 2015 election, regardless of Harper’s unpopularity.
To increase that quantity in 2019, Scheer has made a number of visits to the province as a part of a promotion technique that included an look on the favored French-language TV present Tout le monde en parle.
Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-05-12 17:10:47, as ‘Former Bloc chief Michel Gauthier joins Conservatives