LacStJean byelection Scheer, Ouellet pitch their parties to voters

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On the heels of new NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s visit this week, two more federal party leaders will kick off trips to Lac-St-Jean on Thursday ahead of the riding’s Oct. 23 byelection. 

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer will be meeting local entrepreneurs in Saint-Félicien as he backs his party’s candidate, Rémy Leclerc. He is expected to continue his criticism of the Trudeau government’s fiscal reform plans while in Quebec. 

Bloc Québécois leader Martine Ouellet will visit a forestry cooperative and a dairy farm with Marc Maltais, who will officially launch his campaign in the evening.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to visit the riding sometime next week. 

The Lac-Saint-Jean riding was left vacant after the former Conservative minister Denis Lebel stepped down in June. The Conservatives are trying hard to hold on to the seat while the Liberals, NDP, and Bloc Québécois all believe they have a chance of winning the byelection.

In the 2015 federal election, the Bloc Québécois and Liberal Party each received 18.4 per cent of votes in the riding, well behind Lebel’s 33.3 per cent and NDP challenger Gisèle Dallaire’s 28.5 per cent of the vote. 

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