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Direct participative democracy a key issue for Soulanges Pouvoir candidate


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Representing the CPQ party in Soulanges, Dominik Prud’homme proposes a complete overhaul of the current democratic system in Quebec.

As the Citoyens au Pouvoir du Québec (CPQ) candidate in the Soulanges riding, Dominik Prud’homme is a firm supporter of direct participative democracy based on the system currently in use in Switzerland which provides residents with the power to choose how their society will function and grow.

“It’s a series of tools given to citizens to affect social and economic changes to their society,” said Prud’homme. He furthered described how citizens would be able to use a referendum for popular initiatives to create laws, to rescind them, or veto the application of current laws.

“It’s always the citizens making the decisions by voting,” he said. “Instead of having a democracy where citizens vote every four years, they would be continually making decisions.”

The construction of the new hospital is the most important issue in the election for the Soulanges riding for Prud’homme. He said he supports the project but was perplexed as to why the Liberal government chose not to follow the recommendations of the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ).

“The CPTAQ made six recommendations with reasons for and against (the hospital location) and the Liberals chose the least recommended site,” he commented.

“My preoccupation with agricultural land comes from the mini-war between Canada and the United States,” he said referring to the ongoing North American Free Trade (NAFTA) negotiations.

“We need to be able to produce our own fruits and vegetables,” he said noting that tariffs would add to the cost of importing food from the United States. “We need to guard our agricultural land, even in urban areas, for food production.”

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