These perspectives echo Paul’s platform for the Green Party, but whether this can translate into votes is uncertain. Despite Quebecers aged 18-34 making up the core of the Green Party’s base within the province, particularly amongst women, strategic voting has been a recurring feature for young voters in recent elections.
“The Liberals were actually quite successful in getting the young millennials and first time voters to really exit and vote (in 2015),” Bourque said. “Because Trudeau made the campaign about a standard enemy being the return of a Conservative government.”
In keeping with a 2019 Angus-Reid exit poll, nearly half of all undecided voters within the country forged their ballots based on who they disliked the least slightly than to support a candidate they liked. This was particularly prevalent with the Conservative and Liberal parties, where greater than 60 per cent of their support got here from voters disliking other options more.
“I’ve seen a number of strategic voting in youth last election, because we actually didn’t wish to have the Conservatives,” said Rosalie Thibault, an environmental activist who worked with the Green Party throughout the leadership race last October. “And if we now have them, it’s even worse than buying a pipeline just like the Liberals did.”
“It also really dissuades youth from voting in any respect because they feel like, in the event that they vote in keeping with their values, they won’t win due to dominant strategy.”
While Thibault thinks Scheer had a greater probability of winning in 2019 as a result of his more centrist positions and Erin O’Toole’s popularity has dipped amongst Canadian voters recently, the sentiment is just not as present in Quebec.
In keeping with an Angus-Reid poll released this week, 47 per cent of Canadians viewed the Conservative leader unfavorably, 16 points more since September. Quebec, then again, had one in all the bottom rates of unfavorable views for O’Toole at 40 per cent.
There remains to be a number of time before an election takes place, and Paul hopes her party’s trend in polling continues. In keeping with most up-to-date data from Léger the Green Party was polling at six per cent in Quebec, just five points behind the NDP.
Going into an election as a recent leader, Paul may have to each make herself known and show Quebecers how her platform answers their needs in ways in which traditional environmental politics cannot.