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In recent weeks, the Parti Québécois has shared posters and photos on social media showing mistakes in the names of two horse farms in Bas-Saint-Laurent. On Twitter, candidate Samuel Ouellet shows that he is running in the provincial elections in Rimouski-Neigette.
For his part, outgoing MP Pascal Bérubé poses in front of a Parti Québécois lectern called Matane-Matapédia-Mitis. Additionally, in an Aug. 17 Twitter post, the PQ said: “If I’m re-elected I will be reaching out to @electionsquebec [Élections Québec] that the name of the constituency should be changed. It’s a matter of respect for the citizens of La Mitis. »
The PQ is confused several times in not one but two county names. First of all, Rimouski-Neigette is not a provincial rider, but the name of a regional municipality of Bas-Saint-Laurent. At the federal level, the riding is Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques. Pascal Bérubé is more represented in Matane-Matapédia.
Via email, the PQ explains that Samuel Ouellet is using Rimouski-Neigette so the name is more representative of the county, while Pascal Bérubé recently pledged to change the name of the riding if re-elected.
– Nicolas Brewer
The number of the week: 45,555
This is the number of Quebecers who speak an Aboriginal language as their first language, according to census data released Wednesday. This corresponds to 0.5% of the province’s population.
About 13,200 of them speak Inuktitut, 11,800 speak Cree, 7,730 speak Innu and 6,160 speak Atikamekw. We also find iyiyiw-ayimiwin, spoken by 3,510 people since birth, and anicinabemowin, by 1,110 people.
– Karl Matthew
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