MATANE – After the Côte-Nord, the new leader of the Bloc Québécois concluded his tour of Bas-Saint-Laurent on Tuesday with a stop in Matane and Mont-Joli. Yves-François Blanchet wants to conquer or reconquer the ridings of this sovereignist fief, which counts seven of the nine deputies who still sit under the PQ banner in Quebec City.
“I have to make sure that every riding has an organization, an executive and funding,” said the former Parti Québécois MP, who was accompanied on his tour by the Bloc MP for Manicouagan and head of the ridings in the East. -Québec, Marilène Gill. It’s a showcase for representative applications, people who are important and recognized voices in the community. From Rivière-du-Loup to Îles-de-la-Madeleine, I intend it to be a completely sovereignist peninsula. ”
Yves-François Blanchet denies rumors that he has approached the former Bloc MP from Haute-Gaspésie-La Mitis-Matane-Matapédia, Jean-François Fortin. He also denies having approached the former political attaché of Mr. Fortin, currently prefect of the Mitis and Mayor of Price, Bruno Paradis. “I heard a thousand and one rumors,” says Blanchet. The funny thing is that the people I’m really talking to are not the subject of rumors! ”
Asked about the resignation of MP Catherine Fournier, who did not go to the polls to criticize the Parti Québécois, the Bloc leader believes that the context requires a reflection of the sovereignist movement in Quebec. “It can be painful,” warns Mr. Blanchet. Catherine Fournier’s reflection is totally legitimate. The only reservation I make is the choice of words. One must be careful that the words do not leave scars. It is essential that this reflection be done with courteous words and that the maneuvers have no other purpose than to serve the interests of Quebec. ”
In addition, Yves-François Blanchet is shocked by Ottawa’s inaction to resolve the crisis surrounding the Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout crossing, which looks like a black series. Although the management of the ferry is under provincial jurisdiction, the Bloc leader believes that “Quebec can at least raise his hand to tell the federal government to return some of our money because we need it”.