The Conservative Party of Quebec unveils a slogan on the theme of freedom before the elections
The Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) unveiled a freedom-themed slogan ahead of the provincial election campaign, which is due to take place on October 3, 2022.
PCQ leader Eric Duhaime revealed on Tuesday that the party will run under the slogan “Libres chez-nous,” which translates to “Libres chez nous.”
The slogan is a variation of the famous expression “Maîtres chez-nous”, used in the 1960s during the Quiet Revolution – a period when Quebec experienced major socio-political and socio-cultural reforms.
According to Duhaime, Quebecers seek more personal autonomy and the PCQ proposes to “give more freedom to all Quebecers”.
“‘Free in our own home’ is about respecting each individual’s freedom of choice, rather than a big government imposing its choices,” Duhaime said.
The leader of the PCQ also spoke about some of his party’s proposals, including tax cuts, health care reforms, greater parental autonomy, energy independence and free public transit in Quebec City rather than the construction of a controversial light rail project which he deems too expensive.
Duhaime and PCQ have been outspoken opponents of Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s Covid-19 restrictions – which included lockdowns, curfews and vaccination mandates that limited access to groceries.
The PCQ ranked sixth in the last provincial elections with 1.46% of the vote; however, the party now has over 50,000 members and made significant gains in the polls and in a recent by-election.
The PCQ ranks second in some of the polls published on 338Canada. A Mainstreet poll gave the party 24% support.
According to the editorial board of the Montreal Gazette, the growing popularity of the PCQ makes it difficult for the Legault government to reimpose the Covid restrictions before the election.
“Looking over its shoulder at the rise of the Conservative Party of Quebec, champion of those who oppose mandatory measures, the CAQ (Coalition Avenir Québec) government will be particularly reluctant to act,” the editorial board wrote in an article calling for return. of mask mandates amid a potential seventh wave.