The risks of fixed-date elections

On October 3, the second fixed-date elections will be held in Quebec.

This practice, common in many countries, is relatively new in Quebec. Admittedly, it deprives the Prime Minister of the advantage of surprise, but it also has a number of disadvantages.

A “pre-campaign” that circumvents the rules

Take out your diaries, if everything goes as planned, we will vote on October 5, 2026.

This date is known to everyone and allows the richest parties to spend lavishly in the months preceding the election. We have a good example of this these days with the flood of CAQ advertisements on the web.

Impossible to open a computer without being bombarded. This situation is obviously problematic, in the same way that the elections “triggered” by the Prime Minister gave him the advantage of preparation.

It would be simple to mark out the use of advertising 2, 3 or even 4 months before the elections. The sums committed by political parties should be accounted for, at least for purposes of comparison and transparency.

Gender confusion

Another risk inherent in fixed-date elections is the use of ministers to reveal electoral commitments in their area of ​​responsibility, even before the election is called.

We saw this when the Minister of Health unveiled a commitment regarding the organization of the network recently.

For many Quebecers, the minister was making an announcement. Despite the change of scenery, many voters do not distinguish between Christian Dubé “the candidate” and “the minister”. Same thing when the “Minister of the Family” makes a commitment as a “candidate”.

This practice gives an undue advantage to the government in place and should be marked out or simply prohibited. The integrity of our democratic processes is at stake.

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