CAQ trying to knock Liberals out of Robert-Baldwin riding

Jamie Allen (left) and Carlos Leitao.
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The West Island riding of Robert Baldwin has long been a Liberal stronghold. The party beat out its closest rival, the CAQ, by over 23,000 votes in the 2012 election.

But once again, contenders have emerged who are trying their luck in the April 7th election to try to break that winning streak.

The CAQ is pinning its hopes on Jamie Allen, a 35-year-old employee of aerospace company CAE. The Dollard-des-Ormeaux resident said it's time for the Liberals and the PQ to move on.

"When they're in government, we have the status quo but no improvement," Allen said.

Allen said he's stands by the CAQ's mantra of focusing on the economy.

"Our goal is to move the jobs to where they're needed which is on the front line and in services. So by removing layers of bureaucracy, we can provide more services to citizens for the same amount of money," Allen said.

Allen acknowledged people's concerns about his leader François Legault and his past ties to the PQ and talk of sovereignty.

"It's not a  part of our platform. We don't want to discuss that. We want to move past that debate," Allen said.

Boosting the economy is one thing Allen has in common with his Liberal rival. Carlos Leitao said that's why he made the jump to politics from his job as an economist at the Laurentian Bank, concerned about the past 18 months of PQ rule.

"Unemployment was rising, lack of opportunity, good jobs were disappearing. So that was, to me, a very bad sign," Leitao said.

"We want to make sure that when decisions are made regarding new jobs, where new companies are located, that we highlight the advantages of locating to the West Island."

At the recent launch of his campaign office at the Marché de l'Ouest, Leitao mentioned in his speech that he believes this is becoming an election on the referendum, saying the PQ has to come clean.

"If they intend to organize a referendum in the next mandate, we want that to be known and they always skate around that issue," Leitao said.

Leitao said besides the economy, the main issues for him are boosting public transportation in the West Island and boosting services at the Lakeshore General Hospital, contentious issues at many a council meeting.

The riding includes Dollard-des-Ormeaux and part of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, and extends westwards to the border of Kirkland and to the south bordering Pointe Claire, Dorval and St. Laurent.

Both Allen and Leitao are political newcomers.

Quebec Solidaire's candidate is Ali Faour who has a background in business administration. The party could not be reached for comment.

PQ candidate Michaël Comtois-Lussier is a representative for the party's youth wing in St-Hyacinthe. The PQ said he would not be giving interviews.

Other candidates in the running: Viviane Martinova-Croteau for Option nationale, Mathieu Mireault for the Green Party of Quebec and Patricia Popert for the Conservative Party of Quebec.




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  1. Doris Feder posted on 03/26/2014 06:23 AM
    Carlos Leitao is a very straight up guy--I've known him since McGill. Named by Bloomberg as world's 2nd best economist for predictions on
    US economy. Amazing CV. Will probably be finance minister in a Liberal cabinet.
  2. LMAO posted on 03/26/2014 08:09 AM
    Allen acknowledged people's concerns about his leader François Legault and his past ties to the PQ and talk of sovereignty.

    Whether they put sovereignty aside for 10 years or discuss it tomorrow it's the same old story in a different book cover that nobody wants to read anymore.
  3. robert posted on 03/26/2014 08:50 AM
    No thank you CAQ. This is not a time to be splitting up the non separatist votes!
  4. markR posted on 03/26/2014 07:04 PM
    Let's see now a grease monkey vs a very well established and knowledgeable financial leader, yep the grease monkey loses and should go back to his unionized cushy 9-5 job at CAE.
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