September 26, 2018 4:26 pm
Updated: September 26, 2018 5:04 pm

How much do Quebecers really know about the upcoming election?

WATCH ABOVE: How much do Quebecers know about provincial politics — or the parties that they're voting for? Well, as Quebec comedian Guy Nantel finds out, not much. Video courtesy: Groupe Entourage (in French only).


How much do Quebecers know about provincial politics — or the parties that they’re voting for?

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Well, it seems not much, if you believe Quebec comedian Guy Nantel’s latest video, in which he interviews random Quebecers attending functions for the four political parties as part of his show, Nos droits et libertés (Our rights and freedoms).

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In the 10-minute long piece, Nantel asks every-day Quebecers to identify the leaders of the four main parties: the Quebec Liberal Party, the Parti Québécois (PQ), the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) and Québec Solidaire.

Let’s just say it didn’t go well.

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“What’s his name?” Nantel asks one woman as she places leader Philippe Couillard‘s picture next to the PQ logo.

“I don’t know,” she responds.

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He asks another woman, “who is she?” pointing to Manon Massé.

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“I don’t remember her name.”

“Manon Massé,” he presses. “Who is the leader of …?”

“Coalition Avenir Quebec,” the woman completes his sentence.

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Other highlights: Quebec Solidaire was re-Christened Quebec “Solitaire” and the CAQ was referred to as “La Cape” (the cape).

People were also unable to name two previous leaders of the PQ, nor identify how many people actually live in Quebec (FYI, it was 8.351 million as of Jan. 1, 2017, according to the Quebec Institute of Statistics).

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Some couldn’t  identify the person who declared, “Vive le Québec libre!” — it was French President Charles de Gaulle on July 24, 1967.

Others believed there are 16 fleur de lys on the Quebec flag.

Nantel visits D’Arcy McGee, a riding in Montreal’s west end that has steadfastly voted Liberal.

He asks, “who is the Quebec Liberal Party leader?”

The answer: “I don’t know.”

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One man also answered that he believes the members of the national assembly don’t meet in any city.

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“The National Assembly doesn’t meet anywhere?” Nantel asks, unsure.

“No,” the man responds.

“Where do they meet?” Nantel questions him.

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“Nowhere,” is the answer.

“It’s a level playing field,” the well-known comedian declares at the end of his video.

“Every party has supporters who are ill-informed.”

Nantel refused an interview with Global News, saying he wanted the video to “speak for itself.”

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If you want to be better informed about the upcoming elections, or how to vote, click here.

Quebec’s provincial election takes place Oct. 1.

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