Lévis byelection

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Lévis byelection

Voters in Lévis, on the south-shore of Quebec City, are getting their first chance to pass judgement on the new Liberal government. Lévis has been without an MNA since August, when CAQ star Christian Dubé left his seat to accept a senior post at Caisse de dépôt. Lévis city councillor Janet Jones is now hoping to win that seat for the Liberals.

Global News caught up with her campaigning at a grocery store on Route Président-Kennedy.

“People are telling me please, please ask Mr. Couillard not to back off,” she said. “There are certain programs we just cannot afford anymore. It’s not always just cuts, it’s a new way of looking at things, a new way of doing things.”

At the heart of this by-election: the Liberals’ rumoured intention to cut in programs, such as parental leave and homework services.

The candidate running for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), François Paradis, is a former high-profile TVA anchor. He believes Premier Philippe Couillard is breaking his promise not to raise taxes and tariffs. School taxes in Lévis, for example, have gone up 17.7 per cent.

“We have an exceptional opportunity to send the Liberals a message,” he said. “Our objective is to say no to tax increases, no to tariff increases because we can no longer pay them.”

Full story: [url=http://globalnews.ca/news/1576666/levis-by-election-seen-as-test-for-lib... News[/url]

[url=http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/politique/201409/21/01-48022.... Yv Bonnier Viger[/url] is running for Quebec Solidaire.


Lévis, to put it mildly, is not a promising riding for QS. Its PQ MNAs have been right-wingers, and every other MNA has been Liberal, Créditiste, Union Nationale, Conservative, ADQ, CAQ, or whatever the hell the right-wingers were calling themselves that year.


I suspected as much based on the quotes from the two candidates in the Global News article. More service cuts and lower taxes? Sheesh. What's the demographics of the area? Heavily francophone or more mixed? Wealthy or poor? If its a Quebec city suburb, would a lot of civil servants live there?