PQ concerned English Canada could steal election

Left to right: Nicole Leger, Leo Bureau-Blouin, Bertrand St-Arnaud
Photo by Patrick Lejtenyi

The Parti Quebecois says it's worried students from Ontario and the rest of Canada are trying to steal the provincial election.

The PQ called a news conference Sunday morning to express concern about media reports of English-speakers and other non-francophones from outside the province trying to vote in the April 7 election.

PQ candidate Bertrand St-Arnaud wants the province's chief electoral officer to closely examine attempts to register to vote.

"We don't want this election stolen by people from Ontario and the rest of Canada,'' St-Arnaud said.

Another PQ candidate, former student leader Leo Bureau-Blouin, added he wants to ensure the election is decided by Quebecers.

"We want to make sure that it's Quebecers who choose their government and we want to make sure that the chief electoral officer takes the measures that are needed,'' he said.

"We are concerned by the fact that many, many people who are not registered on the list want to be registered.''

The comments come after the head of an electoral office for a downtown Montreal riding, Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques, resigned on Friday over concerns about the registration process.

Mathieu Vandal told Montreal's Le Devoir newspaper there had been an increase in the number of non-francophones trying to register and he wasn't confident voters were being properly screened.

There have been numerous reports recently of English-speaking university students trying to register to vote in the election.

Some students have complained they were turned away even though they believed they had the necessary documentation.

Quebec's French media has tended to focus on a possible influx of non-francophone voters from elsewhere in Canada.

St-Arnaud said he found a report in Sunday's Journal de Montreal particularly troubling.

It described an attempt by ``hundreds of Ontario students'' to vote against PQ leader Pauline Marois.

Quebec's chief electoral officer issued a statement on Saturday clarifying the rules.

Spokesman Denis Dion said voters must be Canadian citizens and have lived in Quebec for six months, and have the intention of making Quebec their home.

He said officials also take into account other evidence, such as proof of a bank account in a Quebec institution, a Quebec health insurance card or driver's licence, or a Quebec income tax return.

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  1. Eric posted on 03/23/2014 12:31 PM
    That sounds fair. Many out of town students study here. Have apartments, work, pay taxes. After they graduate, sure why not stay if you can find a job in your field. If not, well then you look elsewhere. There are many that will vote this election that do qualify 100% but if the PQ win may decide to leave Quebec, so now they do not qualify as well?? This is ridiculous and wreaks of PQ desperation!!!
    1. Norm posted on 03/23/2014 04:11 PM
      @Eric This is the most ridiculous accusation. They are desperate and now trying to blame everyone else. They must be fighting to see who can dribble the most inane stupidities. How can the rest of Canada influence the election. Did they bring in Peladeau? Did the tell Mme Marois and her cohort how to run her campaign. Childish, to say the least.
    2. Lynn O'Connor posted on 03/23/2014 06:58 PM
      @Eric If they pay taxes here in Quebec, live here, they should be allowed to vote. As they are living here, and probably will be installing themselves after they graduate here in Quebec. They are living residents, in Quebec. Let them vote.
  2. jonico posted on 03/23/2014 01:21 PM
    "Desperados" let the chief electoral officer do his job. Love the pants Leo.
  3. Jim posted on 03/23/2014 01:37 PM
    Funny how they make the clear distinction of Anglophones and Allophones and do not refer to all out of province students, which could include francophone students from other provinces in Ontario, Manitoba or the Maritimes. It is obviously another divisive ploy that will, no doubt, have some effect in their favour. An ignorant population is so easy to convince and lead by the nose when you make unsubstantiated claims to create paranoia (especially when the population is already xenophobic). Hey, I have an easy explanation. Maybe the students who have come to Québec and have lived, studied and worked here for years are finding a good reason to vote as they would like to combat the intolerance that they do not want to have to face if they decide to live here permanently. They are not voting for separation (as Marois says), but rather for a government. Don't they have a right to vote for the next government and, if they are interested in doing so, aren't they exercising their right to do so with the intention of being around when the elected party is in power. This should make the International press and be torn apart by democratic thinkers outside Canada. God forbid, there be "HUNDREDS of Anglophones" flocking into Québec to effect the vote ... PLEASE!!!, BE SERIOUS!!! Does anyone who isn't a hard-core separatist with a reason to make this interpretation really believe this nonsense?
  4. Jean posted on 03/23/2014 01:39 PM
    What a joke this PQ government is!
    More smoke screens to try to make people forget that they are a truly terrible government!!!
  5. Wanderlust posted on 03/23/2014 02:55 PM
    We are talking about maybe 1 riding that is encompassed by the university ghetto of Mc Gill & Concordia. Are they that paranoid and desperate to create false truths.
    Should we be stopping all buses and cars before they enter Quebec from Ontario and New Brunswick and question young people why they are entering Quebec.

    Quebec students studying in Ontario and British Columbia face identical regulations at election time in those Provinces. Check it out!

    What about students attending UQAM and Laval University from other parts of Canada?
  6. Ray S posted on 03/23/2014 02:58 PM
    Better it be 'stolen' by English-speaking students with a bright future intent on keeping Canada united than by xenophobic, unlingual francophones with no future.
    1. chuck posted on 03/28/2014 04:33 PM
      @Ray S the problem is they are not all xenophobic but I see the ignorant and myopic still have too much sway in public opinion. Take away the ignorance factor and quebec could progress from hewers of wood and drawers of water to something much better. But the old mentality still prevails and i see this every day.
  7. Barcham posted on 03/23/2014 03:03 PM
    If I am not mistaken, the last time someone was convicted of voter fraud, it happened to be an elected PQ minister. Maybe they should not be complaining so much.
  8. Barcham posted on 03/23/2014 03:10 PM
    I forgot to add that anything that is written in the Journal de Montreal or any other Quebecor publication should automatically be considered to be PQ propaganda. Any mention of those so called 'media' outlets should be accompanied by a note that it is owned and controlled by PKP, a candidate for the PQ.
  9. More BS posted on 03/23/2014 04:38 PM
    How about only pq card carrying members be allowed to vote. That should please the separatists. Anglophones and allophones could wear a capital A on their arm bands so as to be barred from polling stations. How about making so you would have to be at least a 4th generation québécois to vote. How about a separate box for pq votes so they could save time throwing the other box in the garbage, with that make the imbeciles happy?
  10. joeN posted on 03/23/2014 05:43 PM
    Here we go again, the PQ is desperate and resorting to the english bogey man. The PQ should be more concerned about the thousands of students from France and france's former colonies flooding our Universities at dirt cheap rates. The same students that were manipulated by the PQ during the student protests, and guess what the same one's who got screwed by the very same pot banging Marois.
  11. Mike posted on 03/23/2014 07:13 PM
    I find it troubling, that again, voter's rights are not being respected.
    The matter was never, satisfactorily, resolved following the last referendum. You'll recall a large number of 'no' votes being scrapped on account of voting officers claiming the ballots had been spoiled. Their determination that the 'x' hadn't been correctly placed, etc. my understanding was that only 'no' votes were declined in this matter. Apparently, the electoral officers exhibit clear biases, politically, and are in a position to 'help' their preferred party.
    Now these same functionaries are sabotaging the electoral process before, even a single, vote has been cast.
    How can ANY of us have faith in a process as sacred as our right to vote, under such questionable circumstances. How are the electoral officers appointed/chosen. Shouldn't these individuals be politically neutral?
    If we aren't being misled and lied to by the PQ, apparently, they can stack the cards in their favour in the course of an election.
    Why was there no backlash during the last referendum ? Why is NO one looking into electoral fraud, on the part of the officials entrusted with keeping the process corruption free?
    The PQ questions large numbers of ENGLISH & ALLOPHONE voters. I question the fact the matter is even being discussed.
  12. daemoncan posted on 03/24/2014 12:09 AM
    Fearmongering, plain and simple.
  13. maria posted on 03/24/2014 07:51 AM
    everytime I see this leo-bureau-blouin he looks like he doesn't want to be there - and he keeps on getting pushed into the spotlight, I am sure he knows that students do not take what he has to say as worth anything as he is 2 faced and he turned his back on students.
    he should be ashamed of himself he knows very well that these students have every right to vote - but like the rest of the pq he is given a script , they wind him up and he speaks.
    shame on him.
  14. Bobby Joe posted on 03/24/2014 09:12 AM
    Seems as though my comment before about Pauline and her corruption may have been a bit too much, so I will tone it down a little...

    I believe that if the students are living here for more than 6 month, pay taxes and school fees, then why should they not have a right to vote?

    This is just the pitiful PQ followers that believe that they will one day get their country, well you can have QC, just not Montreal, we are taking it with us and you will be told to leave!
    1. Giovanna posted on 03/24/2014 11:36 AM
      @Bobby Joe It is called FREEDOM OF SPEECH Bobby Joe. You should not be ashamed of that. I think that we all have had enough of the PQ and their schemes in desperately trying to convince/manipulate the Quebecois that everyone is out to get them. In some ways it works but thankfully there are more logical human beings living in Quebec that see right through the PQ's true colors.

      Let's all take the time to vote on April 7th and hopefully we will all sleep better on April 8th!
  15. George73 posted on 03/24/2014 01:28 PM
    In 2012 Leo Blouin was a student leader mobilizing students to register to vote out the Charest Liberals in protest over student fees. Fast forward to 2014 when now as a nicely-paid MNA, he is concerned about students registering to vote. Because of course, now they may now want to vote in protest against the PQs racist/discrmininatory ideals. Guess he still wants his bills to be continued to be paid for by the taxpayer.
  16. Micheal posted on 03/25/2014 04:33 PM
    QUOTE: It described an attempt by ``hundreds of Ontario students'' to vote against PQ leader Pauline Marois. :UNQUOTE.

    Aside from the fact that I find this to be nothing but a desperate attempt at not losing the election, I find it quite odd that they are so certain they will vote against the PQ. Obviously most, if not all, will, but it's still not their place to state who they will vote for, seeing as they have zero proof to make it a fact.
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