The number of Quebecers who are members of the Conservative Party of Canada (CCP) has more than doubled since 2020, putting Quebec ahead of Saskatchewan in terms of the total number of CPC members by province.
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This is “the largest proportional increase” having taken place in Quebec, with a growth greater than 750%, can we read in the press release from the PCC issued on Friday.
Indeed, there were 12,957 members during the 2020 CPC leadership race, compared to 58,437 today; a rise that rejoices the political party that has maneuvered in the province with difficulty throughout history.
"Quebecers feel more and more at home in the Conservative Party of Canada and are excited to be part of a movement that will form a government based on principles following the next election," said the Deputy President of the Conservative Party of Canada and Vice-President of the COEC, Valérie Assouline, in the press release.
"It's money, of course. These are people on mailing lists, people who are potential volunteers, so that's great news,” McGill Institute for the Study of Canada director Daniel Béland told Global News. .
The latter insisted on pointing out that 58,437 members out of 8.5 million people, that is the total population of Quebec, still represent a marginal proportion of Quebec's electoral demography.
Quebec and Ontario make up more than half of the CPC's total membership of 678,708 eligible voters in the September 10 leadership elections.
According to Global News, the increase in CCP membership is partly explained by the success of Pierre Poilievre, who is said to have managed to recruit more than 311,000 members across the country. However, this figure, taken from a document from Poilievre's team, has not been verified by an independent party.