Quebec Solidaire targeting Parti Quebecois's Montreal ridings
Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014 6:45PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:49PM EDT
Quebec Solidaire has no chance of becoming the next government, but it is working hard to win seats from Parti Quebecois strongholds in Montreal.
It hopes to attract other voters with its plans for Montreal, with leader Francoise David saying it is past time for Quebecers to recognize that the province needs a strong city at its heart.
"Montreal has to be recognized as the metropolis in Quebec," said David.
She believes her party has a realistic chance of winning two additional seats in Montreal -- doubling her party's representation in the National Assembly -- through its plan to improve public transportation
"If we are serious about our objective to reduce the emission of [greenhouse gases] here we need to focus on public transportation," said David.
The Quebec Solidaire campaign plan proposes spending $5 billion on public transit in Montreal and reducing fares to encourage more riders.
It would create more social housing and oppose Montreal's anti-protest law.
"Democracy is also the right to speech, the right to rally, the right to protest and we think that P6 is limiting this right, right now," said David.
Political analyst Bruce Hicks says the Parti Quebecois is reacting to Quebec Solidaire's push for left-leaning voters.
"I think all this scare-mongering about Ontario students dividing this election is designed to scare Quebec Solidaire voters into teaming up with the PQ," said Hicks.