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Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, calling on the prime minister to give a speech on October 19.

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QUEBEC – Prime Minister François Legault has announced plans to adjourn the current session of the legislature and will hold a new inauguration speech on 19 October.

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In the fourth year of the coalition Avenir Québec Government’s mandate and with an election scheduled for October 3, 2022, Legault will use the speech to jump start his government and set the tone for the post-pandemic period that awaits.

Legault announced Thursday, just as the house was due to take a break for the Thanksgiving weekend. It was first planned to resume work before October 19th.

The Cabinet will now adopt a decree at its next ordinary meeting on Wednesday to prorogate Parliament. It must be signed by Quebec’s lieutenant governor, Michel Doyon, to be legal.

The action means legislation at the moment before the house dies on the spot. However, the government has the option to revoke bills it wants to pass. It will almost certainly include Bill 96 amending the Charter for the French Language.

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Public hearings of this bill ended Thursday.

The meeting will not contain Bill 49 on reform of the electoral system. Legault said Thursday that there will be no time to pass it.

Quebecers can also expect a “mini-budget” in November, possibly November 22nd.

In a statement, Legault said the new session will allow Quebec to prepare for the post-pandemic period.

“Thanks to all the efforts of Quebecers, we can now start planning for the pandemic,” Legault said. “The last year and a half has transformed us and highlighted crucial issues for Quebec. In addition to meeting our commitments from 2018, we can now immediately start major changes in the coming years. ”

He did not hold a press conference to explain his decision, but the election campaign ahead is in his mind.

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Earlier this week, when he made a mea culpa over the behavior of MNAs a week earlier over debates about systemic racism, Legault told reporters he would like to stay in office for another term, and maybe even a third if he stays fast.

Legault is 64.

Politically, he remains in the driver’s seat in Quebec, although he has repeatedly admitted that he needs to learn to be more zen towards his critics.

A weekend political poll by Léger shows that CAQ dominates the landscape with the support of 47 percent of Quebecers. The Left tracks with 20 percent support, followed by Québec solidaire with 11 percent.

The Québécois party is at 11 percent and the Conservative party in Quebec at eight percent.

Opposition parties have already condemned Legault’s decision to prorogate the House, calling the speech he plans to deliver political window dressing for the election campaign.

Previous parliaments do not happen that often in Quebec. Former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Charest was the last to do so, as he also wanted to renew his government’s message. It happened on February 22, 2011.

His government was defeated by PQ in 2012.

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