Liberals bristle at Legault’s suggestion he would prefer a Conservative minority government

Ashley Burke

‘People don’t like to be told what to think and how to vote,’ Mélanie Joly says

National Liberal campaign co-Chair and candidate Mélanie Joly said Quebecers and women like her do not like to be told what to do and how to vote in response to Premier François Legault suggesting he preferred the Conservatives to win a minority government. 

CBC News asked Joly at a whistle stop in St-Bruno-de-Montarville what her reaction is to Legault’s comments on Thursday urging Quebecers in the province to be wary of the federal Liberals, NDP and Greens in the upcoming election.

“People don’t like to be told what to think and how to vote,” said Joly.

“For my part, I come from generations of women who fought to get the right to vote and during the Quiet Revolution to get the right to think and in that sense we don’t like to be told by anybody how to behave in this important election.”

Joly’s comments go further than what Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said earlier in the day. Trudeau chose his words carefully on the campaign trail in Mississauga, Ont., saying he cannot always be perfectly aligned with Legault, but that they can agree they have to fight every day to deliver for Quebecers.


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