One of the four provincial byelections on Monday, Dec. 5 takes place in Verdun. Although eight candidates are running, the race on the ground is between Liberal Isabelle Melançon, the PQ’s Richard Langlais and the CAQ’s Ginette Marotte. All three candidates are actively campaigning door-to-door, visiting local events and standing outside metro and bus stops during rush hours. Melançon said she recognizes that locals didn’t see much of Jacques Daoust during his mandate, but she plans to do things differently. “I plan to be very present in the riding,” said the former chief of staff for Helene David and one-time communications agent for SODEC.
“I don’t know how anyone can even think of voting for a Liberal now,” said Marotte, a former municipal councillor and mayor who is running for the Coalition Avenir Québec. “I think the campaign is really between me and Richard.”
“The Liberals have a good chance of winning, but we need people who know what’s happening in Verdun,” said Parti Québécois candidate and local business owner Langlais. “I don’t know why my colleagues refused a coalition candidate.”
Other candidates include: David Cox, for the Green Party of Québec, Frédéric Dénommé for Option nationale, David Girard for the Équipe Adrien Pouliot — Parti conservateur du Québec, Véronique Martineau for Québec solidaire and Sébastien Poirier for Équipe autonomiste.
Anyone whose name does not appear on the electors’ list has until tomorrow to make a revision. No additions to the list can be made on polling day.
The official voting day takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.