Québec Solidaire will not be rushed onto campaign bus

Don’t look for the Québec Solidaire bus on the campaign trail Aug. 23 — it will be parked.

Delay signals a missed photo opportunity, but not a bad idea, says political science professor

Québec Solidaire's campaign bus isn't moving, for the moment. (Mathieu Dion/Radio-Canada)

Don't look for the Québec Solidaire bus on the campaign trail Aug. 23 — it will be parked.

Although campaigning begins Thursday, the QS bus is set to take off days later, after the other parties have hit the road.

A spokesperson for QS said everything's going according to plan.

"Our strategy is to start on the ground in Montreal," Stephanie Guévremont said.

With events planned in Montreal for those first few days of campaigning, she said keeping the bus parked is "economical and ecological."

Even before Philippe Couillard announced the election campaign would kick off on Aug. 23 instead of Aug. 29, QS was already planning on hopping on the bus later.

"Our bus was always booked for Aug. 31," Guévremont said. "It was part of our strategy," 

Co-spokespeople of Québec Solidaire, Manon Masse and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, are expected to campaign in Montreal before hitting the road. (Québec Solidaire/Twitter)

Guévremont said she isn't worried that staying in Montreal for the first few days of campaigning will hurt QS.

Laval University political science professor Thierry Giasson agrees that QS staying put at the onset of campaigning isn't a misstep.

He said Rosemont and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve are two constituencies where the party will want to make gains.

The departure of Amir Khadir in Mercier means the party will need to mount "a more sustained campaign" there to retain the seat, he said. New candidate Ruba Ghazal is being introduced as part of that effort.

According to Giasson, the only thing QS will miss is the photo opportunity of getting on its bus on Aug. 23, when the other parties intend to. 

Translated from a text by Radio-Canada's Alexandre Duval