Quebec’s fall election campaign is officially launched.
François Legault, leader of the outgoing Coalition Avenir Québec party, kicked off the election campaign with a speech on Sunday. “We don’t take anything for granted,” he told reporters about an hour after meeting with provincial Lieutenant Governor J. Michel Doyon, who dissolved the legislature and declared a general election. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned in politics, it’s that trust is earned every day.”
Five main provincial parties will be vying for votes in the elections this fall: the Coalition Avenir Québec, the Liberal Party of Québec, the Québec solidaire, the Parti Québécois and the Conservative Party of Québec. There will also be a newcomer: the Parti canadien du Québec, a federalist party aimed at promoting bilingualism that hopes to have a full list of candidates by election day.
Polls suggest that Mr. Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec holds a considerable lead at the launch of the campaign, and the party is expected to achieve a second majority. A Leger poll released this month found support for Legault’s party at 44%, compared to 18% for the Liberals in second place. Québec solidaire and the Conservatives respectively obtained 15% and 13% of the votes. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 0.448 percentage points.
But other parties say they are ready to fight.
“Ask any Quebecer if he is better today than four years ago and he will answer no. The reality is that people don’t have that much money in their pockets. People really suffer from inflation. People have to choose between feeding their children or paying their rent,” said Dominique Anglade, leader of the Quebec Liberals. “We are going to be on the offensive, and we are going to be offensive on the economy.”
The Quebec provincial election campaign will begin on Sunday, confirms Legault
The provincial election will take place on October 3. Here’s who’s running and what you need to know about each party.
Coalition Future Quebec
If re-elected for a second term, Mr. Legault has promised billions of dollars in new projects, including $1.8 billion for thousands of new subsidized and affordable housing units, $1.4 billion over five years for convert more than 56,000 unsubsidized child care spaces to subsidized spaces and $650 million to ensure the health of the province’s lakes and rivers.
He also pledged 11,700 new affordable homes over the next four years and pledged to subsidize rents for 7,200 units.
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Quebec Liberal Party
Liberal leader Dominique Anglade promises family doctors for all Quebecers if elected. To achieve this, the Liberals say they are committed to training 1,000 additional doctors to fill the gap assessed by the Federation of General Practitioners of Quebec. They also committed $6 billion for hospital infrastructure, including 4,000 additional beds.
The Liberals also pledge $100 billion in public and private investments to achieve carbon neutrality, lower taxes for the middle class, convert all unsubsidized child care to subsidized child care for universal access to spaces that will cost 8 $.70 per day, temporarily suspend the Quebec sales tax on electricity until the new year and remove the QST on all basic necessities, such as over-the-counter medications, toothbrushes and shampoo.
The party released its platform in June. You can access his full “playbook” here.
Québéc Solidaire leader Manon Massé is offering universal dental care that would include coverage for Quebecers up to age 18, as well as 60% reimbursement for dental care like cavities and implants and 80% reimbursement for cleaning and preventive care for adults.
The party also promised to cut the cost of public transit by 50% and increase service, freeze electricity rates and raise the minimum wage to $18 an hour. It also undertakes to make education, at all levels and for all Quebecers, free.
A truncated version of its platform is available in English, online, here.
Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Quebec Separatist Party, emphasized the province’s independence from the rest of the country in his party’s platform in areas such as food, health and economy.
The PQ also offers the PasseClimat, a $1 per day public transit pass that can be used anywhere in Quebec.
Conservative Party of Quebec
Led by Éric Duhaime, the Conservatives have five main platforms under their “Free at Home” campaign. They promised to cut taxes by about $2,000 for Quebecers earning less than $80,000 a year and to temporarily suspend gasoline taxes.
They also pledged to expand the province’s private health care sector by decentralizing the current health care system, reviving the abandoned GNL-Quebec project, demanding an end to the federal carbon tax, offering the free public transit for Quebecers and offering families a $200 allowance. one week, per child, for parents who do not have access to daycare centers in Quebec.
More information about their platform can be found here.
With a report from The Canadian Press.
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