Conservative Party of Quebec (2009–present)

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Conservative Party of Quebec
Parti conservateur du Québec
Leader Adrien D. Pouliot
President Vacant
Founded March 25, 2009 (2009-03-25)
Headquarters CP 81 Suc. Bureau-chef,
Ville Sainte Catherine, Quebec
Ideology Conservatism
Quebec federalism[1]
Political position Right-wing
Policies Fiscal: conservative
Social: liberal
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 125
Website
particonservateurquebec.org/en/

The Conservative Party of Quebec (French: Parti conservateur du Québec (PCQ) is a provincial political party in Quebec, Canada. It was authorized on March 25, 2009 by the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec.[2]

The Conservative Party of Quebec ran twenty-seven candidates in the 2012 general election.[3]

On February 23, 2013, industrialist Adrien D. Pouliot was elected as the new leader of the party and as a result immediately implemented more of a centre-right vision. He replaced the party's social conservative stance, replacing it with a social liberal value system while still keeping fiscal conservative values. For the 2014 provincial election, the party used the name "Équipe Adrien Pouliot - Parti conservateur du Québec" (Team Adrien Pouliot - Conservative Party of Quebec).

The QCP ran sixty candidates in the 2014 general election.[4]

History[edit]

Initial phase[edit]

In 2009, former Union Nationale Members of the National Assembly of Quebec (MNAs) Serge Fontaine and Bertrand Goulet announced the formation of a new Conservative Party of Quebec.[5]

In November 2009, Fontaine offered Éric Caire, who at the time sat with the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ), the opportunity to join the party and become its leader, with the goal of attracting disaffected ADQ supporters. This did not materialize and Caire sat as an independent[6] before joining the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in 2011.

In November 2011, the party leader, Serge Fontaine, left the Conservative Party to join the CAQ led by François Legault.[7]

2012 and later[edit]

In January 2012, the party, which still existed on paper, was taken over by the former federal Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for the Louis-Hébert riding, Luc Harvey, who became its leader.

In contrast to the newly formed CAQ, which is neutral on the sovereignty issue, Harvey said the Conservatives will be federalist, promote a social conservative agenda and a flat tax.[8]

In March 2012, the party's website announced that former Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) MNAs Monique Roy Verville and Albert De Martin would run for the party in the upcoming election.[9]

On September 10, 2012, it was announced that Harvey was stepping down as party leader.[10] Albert De Martin was named interim leader on September 21.[11]

In December 2012, De Martin launched a leadership election. As a result, two contenders, Daniel Brisson and Adrien D. Pouliot, declared their intention to run.

In mid-February 2013, Brisson withdrew from the leadership election,[12] leaving the path clear for Pouliot to become the new leader.

Pouliot took the leadership on February 23, 2013 and immediately put a new constitution forward for the members present at its convention. It was immediately ratified by all the members and refocused the stance of the party to more of a centre-right value system. Later that day, he took a stance against the proposed Parti Québécois laws 14 and 20.[13]

In the 2014 provincial election, the party nominated 60 candidates, who won 16,429 votes, 0.39 percent of the total votes cast in the province.[14]

Executive[edit]

The party executive:[15][16]

  • Leader: Adrien D. Pouliot
  • President: Jean-Nicholas Marchand
  • Legal commission president: Jean-François Nadeau
  • Youth commission president: Anthony Koch
  • Finance commission president: -Vacant-
  • Organizational commission president: Jean Philippe Fournier
  • Political commission president: Claude Garcia
  • Secretary general: Mickey Colangelo-Lauzon
  • Communications commission president: Louis-Charles Fortier
  • Regional vice presidents: Guy Morissette, Sebastian Fernandez & Emmanuel Roberge

Leaders[edit]

Election results[edit]

Election Seats won Seats contested Popular vote Popular vote (%) Legislative role Party leader
2012 0 27 7,652 0.18% No representation in National Assembly Luc Harvey
2014 0 60 16,429 0.39% No representation in National Assembly Adrien Pouliot

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wyatt, Nelson (2012-01-18). "Quebec Conservative party revived and calling for a provincial election". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Parti conservateur du Québec". Directeur général des élections du Québec. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Parti conservateur du Québec". Official list of candidatest. Directeur général des élections du Québec. 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Parti conservateur du Québec". Official list of candidatest. Directeur général des élections du Québec. 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Politique : Le Parti conservateur du Québec renaît | Mauricie". Radio-Canada.ca. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  6. ^ "Tensions à l'ADQ : Le Parti conservateur du Québec tisse des liens | Mauricie". Radio-Canada.ca. 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  7. ^ Ruel, Hélène (2012-01-17). "La CAQ veut s'ancrer dans Arthabaska" (in French). La Nouvelle Union. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Former MP launches Quebec Conservative Party". CTV News. January 18, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ils choisissent le Parti conservateur du Québec". Parti conservateur du Québec. March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Bussières, Ian (2012-09-10). "Le Parti conservateur du Québec n'a plus de chef" (in French). Le Soleil. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Albert de Martin devient le chef intérimaire du Parti conservateur du Québec" (in French). Conservative Party of Quebec. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Withdrawal of Mr. Daniel Brisson's candidature". CNW Group. 2013-02-14. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Adrien D. Pouliot opposes Bill 14 and Bill 20". Parti conservateur du Quebec. 2013-02-24. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ Directeur général des élections du Québec, April 9, 2014 Final 2:24 pm
  15. ^ Executive, Équipe Adrien Pouliot - Parti conservateur du Québec
  16. ^ "New leadership in the committees for the PCQ!". Conservative Party of Quebec. 2013-03-08. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

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