The Parti Quebecois temporarily suspends its leadership race
The Parti Québécois (PQ) suspends its leadership race.
In a statement sent on Saturday afternoon, the political party said it should set an example in the context of the current pandemic and stop non-essential activities.
“In the face of the unprecedented pandemic facing Quebec, all of our energies must be devoted to resolving this crisis,” said returning officer Agnès Maltais.
The reception by the party’s permanent staff of the signatures collected by the aspirants as a condition of their candidacy is suspended, we can learn.
The suspension of donations will be effective from Monday, March 30. The coordinating conference, which manages the activities of the race, will meet again within a maximum of 30 days to assess the possibility of reopening the nomination period. Following the resumption, a period of 21 days will be given to candidates to complete the collection of their signatures.
The period of the debates between the candidates was to be started shortly but they could not have taken place in public, because of the ban on rallies.
Among the candidates in the running, there is the deputy Sylvain Gaudreault, the lawyer Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon, the historian Frédéric Bastien, the humorist Guy Nantel and the businessman Laurent Vézina.