SAINT-HYACINTHE – The general council of the conservative Party of Canada, opens Saturday with the announcement of the recruitment of a former leader of the Bloc quebecois, Michel Gauthier, as a member of the training policy.
The conservatives have wanted to score a coup by taking advantage of the rally to Saint-Hyacinthe to accommodate within their ranks a former member of the training pro-independence.
The latter does not present himself under the banner of a conservative at the election in October 2019, but it will involve itself alongside the candidates from quebec who brigueront the votes.
The arrival of Michel Gauthier as a member of the conservative Party, is highly symbolic, while the Bloc québécois is in full disarray for months under the leadership of the chief Martine Ouellet.
The conservatives hope to be able to be the great beneficiaries of the transfer of voting nationalist in Quebec, as reported by their chief, Andrew Scheer, in an open letter that he signed last march.
In this missive, he opened his arms to the “nationalists who have had enough of the squabbles and existential crises of the Block, and who believe in a strong Quebec within a united Canada”.
Held the first general council at Quebec, a first, is part of this same attempt to woo the election in quebec.
The conservative Party of Canada wants to be seen as “a serious option for Quebec” – a title that tops the notebook of 73 resolutions distributed to some 400 activists who have converged in Saint-Hyacinthe for the weekend.
The conservatives have elected a record number of 12 quebec mps in the last elections of October 2015, and this, in spite of the unpopularity of former leader Stephen Harper.
They are now striving to showcase the new captain of the ship, Andrew Scheer, by focusing on a media strategy, which notably deployed with the presence of the chief on the tv show everyone is talking about.
His predecessor had always refused to set foot in it. We wanted to mark a break with the era Harper.
But for the liberals, new democrats and bloquistes, the change is only cosmetic, while the political week in Ottawa was marked by the cry of the Commons as a conservative from Manitoba, Ted Falk, for whom abortion, “this is not a right”.
The chief Scheer is himself opposed to abortion, but he has promised that never, under his leadership, this debate would not be reopened. Stephen Harper has taken the same approach during his decade in power.