Political parties in Quebec will officially launch their election campaigns on August 28 with 36 days to convince voters that they are the best choice to lead the province. The election is scheduled for October 3. (CBCNews)
Here are some experts from McGill University who can provide commentary on this issue:
Human rights, law 21 and law 96
Pearl EliadisAssociate Professor, Max Bell School of Public Policy and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law
“Human rights are one of the most important topics of debate in the upcoming elections. Religious freedoms were significantly curtailed by Bill 21, and English language rights are significantly curtailed as a result of Bill 96. Both pieces of legislation rely on the extraordinary measure of invoking notwithstanding clauses to minimize the role courts in all major areas of freedoms, legal rights and equality rights. The hardest hit are religious and ethnic minorities. Many of them have experienced discrimination and wonder about their place in Quebec. The election provides an opportunity to examine both the consequences and the alternatives.
Pearl Eliadis is an Associate Professor at the Max Bell School of Public Policy, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. A senior lawyer in private practice and with more than two decades of public policy experience in federal and provincial governments, she has successfully led complex global projects dealing with national institutions, evaluation and human rights. , with country missions in China, Ethiopia. , Nepal, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan and Timor Leste.
pearl.eliadis [at] mcgill.ca (English French)
Disinformation and Elections
Mathieu Lavigne, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science and McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
“The misperception that misinformation impacted the outcome of an election when it played no role can also contribute to diminishing confidence in the legitimacy of an election.”
Mathieu Lavigne is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. His research focuses on campaign and media effects, public opinion, political psychology and political behavior. He directs the Quebec Election Misinformation Project, which identifies and responds to misinformation circulating during the 2022 provincial election and assesses its effects on the attitudes and behaviors of Quebecers.
mathieu.lavigne [at] mail.mcgill.ca (English French)
Quebec and Canadian politics
Daniel BelandProfessor James McGill, Department of Political Science and Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
“Given the lead of the CAQ in the polls, the main question of this campaign is not so much who will govern after the results but what the next opposition will look like. Will the Liberals be able to maintain their traditional but weakened dominance with non-French voters to keep most of their seats in Montreal and Laval? Will the Parti Québécois find a way to win enough seats to remain a significant force in Quebec politics? Finally, will the Conservative Party of Quebec succeed in translating its greater public notoriety into actual seats in the National Assembly? The party system in Quebec has changed considerably over the past decade, but we will have to wait until October 3 to see if an even deeper transformation will take place.
Daniel Béland is director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and holder of the James McGill Chair in the Department of Political Science. He specializes in the areas of Canadian and comparative politics, as well as the study of public policy, including social policy.
daniel beland [at] mcgill.ca (English French)
Eric BelangerFull Professor, Department of Political Science
“The political repositioning carried out in 2015 by the CAQ, during which François Legault and his party affirmed a nationalist but federalist position more explicitly than before, is undoubtedly one of the significant political events of recent years in Quebec.
Éric Bélanger is a full professor in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on Quebec and Canadian politics, public opinion, electoral behavior and political parties. His latest book, The new Quebec voter, explores the determinants of the electoral behavior of Quebecers.
eric.belanger3 [at] mcgill.ca (English French)*
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