Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault went on the offensive Friday, comparing rival Éric Duhaime to former United States president Donald Trump and saying the Conservative leader’s stance on COVID-19 restrictions is disqualifying.
It is understandable that Quebecers were frustrated with COVID-19 health orders, but party leaders have to be responsible, Legault told reporters in Laval, Que., north of Montreal.
Duhaime is an “agitator” who is “profiting from the distress of certain people to win votes,” Legault said, before comparing the Conservative leader to the former president. The Conservatives have channelled the public’s anger toward COVID-19 restrictions — such as the five-month-long curfew — and as a result have significantly risen in the polls over the past two years.
“He even reminds me of someone in the south (who) also denied the reality, denied the numbers,” Legault said, without directly mentioning Trump’s name.