(Editor’s note: With less than two weeks to the vote, The Express offers its readers portraits of each of the main candidates aspiring to a seat in the National Assembly to represent their riding, either Drummond-Bois-Francs or Johnson. The presentation is made in alphabetical order of constituency then of party.)
ELECTIONS. As far back as she can remember, Luce Daneau has always been fascinated by politics… and driven by the desire to help others.
Born in Drummondville, the candidate for the Conservative Party of Quebec in Johnson’s riding grew up in a family where politics was often at the center of conversations.
“My father was a school trustee for several years and he helped councilors get elected. My mother was also involved. I heard a lot about politics at home. In high school, I got involved in my turn as school president. You have to believe that I had been appreciated, because I had been elected personality of the year. It was a first at Jeanne-Mance school,” says Luce Daneau, who also studied at Cégep de Drummondville and UQTR.
A teacher for more than 25 years, Luce Daneau now works as a remedial teacher in the private sector. The 58-year-old woman was particularly involved in the parents’ committee of her children’s school and the governing board of the school where she taught.
“I’ve always flitted close to smaller-scale politics. I have done a lot of things in my life, but it was always with a view to helping people,” explains the one who now resides in Wickham.
Seduced by Françoise David’s speech, Luce Daneau ran as a Québec Solidaire candidate in 2007 and 2008. “Social justice was what appealed to me the most, but over time, I realized when you favor a minority without taking the majority into account, you are no longer doing justice, in my opinion. It takes a certain balance. That’s what I found in the Conservative Party.”
In its leader Éric Duhaime, Luce Daneau sees a man of integrity and sincerity. “He didn’t necessarily want to go into politics. He went there by force of circumstance, because no other party manages to play its opposition role. The debate we heard on television recently is what I would have liked to hear for the past two years. It is this dynamic that our party brings.
On the federal scene, Luce Daneau was also involved in the team of NDP MP François Choquette. “I believe that the biggest job of the deputy is to be close to the citizens. I remember telling François to go out to the municipalities to meet people. I intend to continue this. I want to be present, accessible and available to citizens, launches the woman of action. I offer them my contribution, my passion, my energy and my will. I am a listener. I like to find win-win solutions for everyone.”
Today, the aspiring politician believes that the Conservative Party is the one that best meets her family values. “My parents were conservative at heart. They always told us that money was hard to earn and that we shouldn’t throw it out the window. They brought their three children to be independent and responsible for their actions. I raised my two children the same way,” explains the grandmother of four grandchildren.
“In the Conservative Party, the economy is a strong point. We don’t want to waste the world’s money. For example, we want to remove subsidies for large multinationals that are able to finance themselves. We want to redistribute this money.”
For this election campaign, Luce Daneau and her team have also chosen not to spend on the rental of premises. Instead, the candidate opted for a motorized vehicle that she already owned.
“With the ortho-mobile, I went near schools that had no premises. Today, this mobile room allows me to meet citizens. We are the ones who travel to see people in their hometown rather than the other way around, ”concludes Luce Daneau before taking the wheel towards the Conservative rally in Quebec.
In the last provincial elections, on October 1, 2018, the Conservative Party of Quebec, represented by candidate Jean-François Vignola in Johnson, convinced 1.60% of voters to vote for him. The party ended the evening in sixth position, after the Green Party of Quebec.