Liberal candidates Charlebois and Anglade meet with Hudson residents


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Soulanges Liberal candidate Lucie Charlebois (left) and St. Henri-Ste. Anne Liberal candidate Dominique Anglade (second from left) chat with Hudson residents during an informal election campaign meeting in Hudson on Tuesday, August 28.

Two provincial Liberal party members, Lucie Charlebois and Dominique Anglade, took their election campaign directly to the electorate by sitting down amongst a small gathering of residents in the cozy confines of a residential living room in Hudson to hear their concerns on Tuesday evening, August 28.

The two candidates spent about an hour chatting and discussing various topics that ranged from social services to the present state of the Quebec economy with about 12 guests at the home of Bob Gales and Katherine Gray-Donald.

Both Charlebois, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Soulanges, and Anglade, MNA for the St. Henri-Ste. Anne electoral district in south-central Montreal, are seeking re-election in their respective ridings.

Informal gathering

For Charlebois, the gathering is part of her overall campaign strategy to meet with citizens in an informal manner that includes going door-to-door to gauge the pulse of her constituents.

“It’s my initiative. I invited Anglade to be here this evening,” Charlebois told The Journal. “I’m doing different types of events because I like to meet and talk to people.”

“We’re going through a campaign and I think it’s wonderful to meet with citizens and to use different formats,” said Anglade.

Getting to know the candidates

Meeting organizer Gales said the event is also a good way for voters to get to know who the candidates are on a personal level and to have some contact with them, especially now that Hudson is a part of the Soulanges riding. He has hosted similar gatherings over the past 30 years.

“It helps us to get some confidence that the people we want elected are the right candidates. I’ve always been involved in provincial politics. If you don’t get involved, then you end up with problems like we see in the United States right now,” said Gales. “I was asked to organize at least one meeting of a group of people from Hudson because the town has now joined the Soulanges riding.”

Candidates’ background

Charlebois is seeking her sixth mandate. She was first elected to the National Assembly in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014. She is the Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection and Public Health and Minister for Montérégie.

Anglade was elected to the National Assembly in a by-election on November 9, 2015. She is the Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy.

Vaudreuil riding name change

The provincial electoral riding of Vaudreuil could see its name changed to Paul-Gérin-Lajoie in tribute to Quebec’s former first education minister. Vaudreuil Liberal MNA Marie-Claude Nichols made a formal request for the change during a press conference August 28. She feels the proposal will be accepted by everyone regardless of political affiliation.

A long-time resident of Vaudreuil, Gérin-Lajoie served as three terms as Liberal Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Vaudreuil-Soulanges from 1960 until 1970. Gérin-Lajoie was appointed in 1964 as the first Minister of Education in Quebec since 1875.

He is credited for introducing the polyvalente education system and creating the first school – Polyvalente Cité-des-Jeunes de Vaudreuil – a secondary school that offers vocational training in addition to general training. Gérin-Lajoie also created the post-secondary CEGEP school system in the late 1960s. He died June 25 at age 98.

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