Pierre-Karl Péladeau will be a PQ candidate in St Jérôme
The Prince Arthur Herald’s French news team has learned that Pierre- Karl Peladeau will most likely run under the PQ banner in the riding of Saint- Jerome. A PQ source familiar with the case confirmed the rumour. Our source also told us that Mr. Peladeau made a speech with a nationalist flavour to the Chamber of Commerce of St. Jerome in November, which only further shows his interest for the riding.
PKP is the vice-chairman of the board and ex-CEO of Québecor Inc., a Quebec communications company that owns Videotron and Sun Media. Although Québecor and the PQ are denying this story, the sympathies of PKP for the independence movement and the Parti Québécois are well known. This fall, he participated in a PQ ministerial committee. The Liberal leader Philippe Couillard was concerned about the proximity between the businessman and the Parti Québécois. His appointment to the chairmanship of the Board of Hydro -Québec has been criticized by the opposition. The arrival of Mr. Peladeau could give a serious boost to Ms. Marois and Nicolas Marceau on the economic front. His candidacy could lead to a closer relationship between the Marois government and the business community .
Over the years, the PQ has relied on competent and experienced MNAs and ministers for economic issues notably: Jacques Parizeau , Bernard Landry, Jacques Léonard, François Legault, etc. Recruiting PKP could convince other economists to join the PQ and give it back its nobility of yesteryear.
At the elections of September 4, 2012, the Parti Québécois lost the St. Jérôme riding (formerly the riding of Prévost) to the CAQ and its star candidate Jacques Duchesneau by less than 1,000 votes. A PQ victory in this riding could give the party enough momentum to obtain a majority. If Mr. Duchesneau decides to represent himself at the next election, this could lead to an epic battle between him and Mr. Peladeau.
Translated by Alexandre Meterissian
UPDATE: The video above is a radio segment of respected Quebec pundit Jean Lapierre discussing the validity of our article.