Solidarity MNA for Mercier, Ruba Ghazal, has launched the race to become co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, the first official candidacy.
“I have been a founding member of Quebec Solidaire since 2006 and I want to go further with the party’s social program,” he said in an interview with LCN.
The campaign will run for 13 weeks and spokespeople will be selected during the QS conference at the end of November.
Quebec Solidaire has been implementing an independence program since its inception and is part of the party’s DNA, Ms. Gajal says.
“We talk about independence in Quebec, we have many representatives to do it, but it is not heard enough”, explains the politician. “A social integration project to bring all Quebecers into a common project.”
Québec solidaire maintains that it is necessary to affirm the use of language while promoting Québec diversity in its electoral platform.
Ms. Gajal believes that this fight must continue, but not at the expense of inclusion of immigrants.
“In Bill 96, there were a lot of positive elements, but this proposal had a very complex element,” says Ms Gajal. “It is not true that immigrants can speak French 6 months after arriving in Quebec.”
Ms. Kajal hopes the party will reach a wider reach than it currently has.
The party’s aim was to win the 2022 provincial elections, especially outside Montreal, but Quebec Solider won only one more seat in the National Assembly.
Also, the party suffered a major loss with the defeat of Émile Lésard-Therrien, outgoing MP for Rouen-Noranda-Témiscamingue in the ABDP.
Ms Gajal now wants to expand the party’s presence across the province.
“I have plans for our members in the regions to be heard and have a seat where decisions are made,” he explains.
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