Luc Joli-Cœur goes from the PQ to the Greens
A former member of the Parti Québécois (PQ) cabinet, Luc Joli-Coeur does not feel like betraying the family by running in the federal election for the Green Party in the riding of Quebec.
Mven not his family literally. Although his uncles Jacques and André Joli-Cœur sailed in the high spheres of the Parti Quebecois in the 80s, 90s and even 2000. In addition, André was candidate of the PQ in Louis-Hébert in 2007 and Jacques, deputy mayor of Quebec from 2002 to 2009.
“We talk to each other often. We even have soup together tonight! “Exclaims Luc Joli-Coeur about his uncle André, that no one has yet denied him.
As for his political family tree, the candidate of the Green Party of Canada worked with the PQ minister Rita Dionne-Marsolais from 1994 to 1997 and more recently, during the year and a half of PQ minority government, at the Minister’s office. Finance Nicolas Marceau. A friend from high school.
“I do not betray anyone. Pollution does not stop at the border! The priority of Quebeckers is not sovereignty, but the environment. In 10, 15 years, we’ll see! But we must listen to people and science, who tell us that the environment is the priority, “hammered the 55-year-old man, met Wednesday at a café in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste district.
An economist by training, he has mainly worked as an executive in the public service. Since 2014 at the Ministry of Finance, which led him to settle in Quebec three years ago. However, he arrives at the end of a year without pay during which he assisted his wife in his business of organic products.
We can imagine Luc Joli-Coeur to the Bloc Québécois more naturally. “The Bloc does not propose anything concrete in the environment,” he retorted. “And the Green Party will play a key role in a minority government, it is not the Bloc that will have the balance of power.”
In the footsteps of Dorion
Luc Joli-Coeur is a guy of numbers. Born of a mother who worked in computer science and an actuary father, he grew up in the numbers and made a career as well. He likes to count.
And according to his calculations, he has a real chance of winning in the riding of Quebec, which includes Haute-Ville, Basse-Ville and the southern part of Les Rivières. Even though he faces two heavyweights, Liberal Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and the member of Parliament from 1993 to 2011, winner of six elections, Christiane Gagnon, back for the Bloc Québécois.
“I do not betray anyone. Pollution does not stop at the border! The priority of Quebeckers is not sovereignty, but the environment. In 10, 15 years, we’ll see! ”
– Luc Joli-Coeur, candidate of the Green Party of Canada in the riding of Quebec
But according to Mr. Joli-Coeur, “the collapse of the NDP” will allow him to recover the 14,500 votes devolved to the NDP in the constituency in the 2015 elections, plus the 1500 then devolving to the Greens. This surpasses the 15,500 won by Duclos to win four years ago.
He believes he can continue on the impetus of Catherine Dorion, elected at the provincial level last fall. The Dorion party, Quebec Solidaire, has made the environment its priority. “Catherine Dorion has championed important issues for the people of the county. I hope his supporters will support me, “he wishes, even if Quebec Solidaire refuses to get wet in his favor in the public square.
The representative of the Green Party of Canada wants to make the environment and the economy work hand in hand and make new technologies the spearhead of local job creation, “instead of waiting to buy those produced at the foreign”.