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Caroline Montpetit July 13 2012
For the co-spokespeople of CLASSE, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Jeanne Reynolds, not getting involved in the next electoral campaign would be a bad choice.
Though it refuses to back any particular political party, CLASSE has set itself the clear goal of booting the Liberals from office the next time Quebecers go to the polls.
This is what Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson of CLASSE, said at a press conference yesterday in Montreal, while presenting CLASSE’s manifesto and announcing the party’s plan of action for the upcoming weeks. ”We do not support any political party, but, undeniably, we are against one party,” he said. Posters announcing a protest planned for July 22 at Parc Emilie-Gamelin, in Montreal, read: “July 22, out with the neo-liberals.” On the reverse side of a document denouncing policies of neo-liberal governments of the last 20 years, it says, “The Liberal government is the latest in this line.”
The office of the director general of elections in Quebec reiterated yesterday that it is forbidden for a third party to use funds in support of, or against, a group involved in the elections. ”We are up-to-date about electoral law,” said Ludvic Moquin-Beaudry, CLASSE’s media relations officer. ”And we will be doubly careful starting at the moment the electoral campaign begins.” Moquin-Beaudry says that the term ‘neo-liberal’ does not just apply to the current Liberal government, but also to the CAQ and a significant minority within the Parti Quebecois. ”Obviously, we are not touring through Quebec to tell people how to vote,” he said.