Quebec’s ‘completely post COVID’ election campaign has few mentions of deaths, emergency powers – GLOBAL

September 28, 2022

The French phrase “bain de foule” appears regularly on the agendas of Quebec’s major party leaders during the provincial election campaign.

The term, which directly translates into English as “crowd bath,” is used to describe walkabouts at public places such as markets, regional fairs and busy commercial streets, during which politicians shake voters’ hands, pose for photos and occasionally hold babies.

Politicians bathing in crowds is a sign of the post-pandemic atmosphere of Quebec’s election campaign: masks are rare, candidates are up close with supporters and political rallies are back.

“We are in a completely post-COVID campaign,” Éric Montpetit, a political science professor at Université de Montréal, said in an interview Tuesday.

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