Drama and levity on the campaign trail
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How do you like my bus? The lieutenant governor dissolved the National Assembly on March 5. and called the election for April 7. Cue the photos of the leaders with their campaign buses. That works out to 47,520 minutes, in any of which a candidate can give a shove, pull on glossy red boxing gloves or take a spill on the ice in A Habs jersey.
Here are those and a few other moments from this campaign, told in photos.
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How do you like my bus? The lieutenant governor dissolved the National Assembly on March 5. and called the election for April 7. Cue the photosphotos Canadiens jerseys cheap of the leaders with their campaign buses. Here is Franois Legault of the Coalition Avenir.
Hi. Hello. How do you like my bus? Here's Philippe Couillard of the Quebec Liberal Party, and his bus sized likeness, on March 12, 2014.
Parti Qubcois leader Pauline Marois and her campaign bus are "dtermine."
The workplace visit is a campaign staple and the most likely to produce amusing photos (Google "Gilles Duceppe and cheese factory" for the gold standard). Here are qc2014's leaders on a few workplace sites. Franois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Qubec here test drives a boat's joystick navigation system in handles a joystick navigation system for boats in Trois Rivieres on Monday March 10.
Parti Qubcois leader Pauline Marois greets students at a training school in Montreal, but doesn't even get close to popping on this employee's skeleton emblazoned welder's mask.
Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard follows the lead of his guide at a garage door factory on March 13, 2014 in St Georges, Que.
Arguably the most dramatic moment was Pierre Karl Pladeau's entry into the race, declaring with a fist pump that he was running for the Parti Qubcois in the Saint Jrme "to leave my children a country of which they can be proud."
Timing can make or break anyone during a campaign. Or create a perfect photo opportunity. Even before Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard began rising as a force for the Parti Qubcois to reckon with, someone offered the perfect prop. Here, Couillard puts up his dukes at a mixed martial arts gym on March 12.
Possibly the most passed around image of the campaign was "the shove." Four days after standing beside Pierre Karl Pladeau at the announcement of his candidacy, PQ leader Pauline Marois introduced him at a campaign stop and then pushed him aside to answer a question addressed to him. This link also includes Radio Canada's video of the scene.
So when do candidates eat? Meals are a universal bonding experience, but being photographed eating? Tough to pull off. PQ leader Pauline Marois takes a careful approach on March 14 at a lunch with Montreal voters.
But a little bit of maple makes for a sweeter photo in SainteSainte wholesale cheap Canadiens jerseys Angele de Premont, Sunday, March 23, 2014.
CAQ's Franois Legault has taken a generally more playful approach. Here, he serves poutine on March 10 at a resto in Saint Germain de Grantham.
And here, Legault samples some wine on March 8 while campaigning at a micro brewery on March 8, 2014 in St. Joseph du Lac. Her answer: This is only day 8. It's coming" But Samar Assoum beat her to the punch on March 15, confronting Marois during a mall visit. "Instead of saying that public servants can't wear a headscarf, we should encourage people to enrich society for me, what's important is what's inside a woman'swoman's cheap Canadiens jerseys head.". Here, you can watch Radio Canada's YouTube video of the exchange.
Fans of House of Cards, Season 2 will remember how consumed Vice President Frances Underwood became with perfecting (or not blowing) his opening pitch in front of a Major League Baseball crowd. The hockey game that CAQ's Franois LegaultLegault wholesale cheap Canadiens jerseys laced up for on March 15 was much more casual but harder on the knee!
Show of hands: How many distinctly different hand gestures could you come up with if you gave a minimum of a half dozen speeches a week? It's a fine art. Here, PQ leader Pauline Marois starts close in, during a stop in Blainville on March 17.
A little looser in her framing here, March 10 in St Bruno de Montarville. .
. and the gesture widens a bit more, March 12 in Quebec City, .
. and the sweeping finish, seen here early on in the 2014 campaign, on March 8.
Qubec solidaire leader Franoise David favoured a more open, palms up gesture during the leaders' debate Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Montreal.
The precisionprecision wholesale Canadiens jerseys gesture is a nice change up, mirroring the gesture for either "OK" or "nada", seen here during a March campaign call by the PQ's Pauline Marois at Caf L'Itinraire.
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