Tax Hike Contested!

 

 23 February 2016

A tax hike that will be applied for motorists in the 450 area, to finance public transit on the island, causes outrage to concerned taxpayers.

As La Presse recalls, more than a million drivers in the 66 municipalities of the 450, will soon need to disburse an additional $45 per vehicle.

Vehicle owners interviewed by TVA, contest loud and clear this new tax. “I think we will leave the province. We are taxed excessively. We are taxed on everything, on gas…I will do my taxes soon, and pay half of what I made”, regretted one of them.

Taxpayers are now called to sign the petition on the website: www.attachezvotreceinture.com in order to urge the government to remove this tax hike from bill 76.

Several thousands have already expressed their discontent by signing this letter.

Fin de la poursuite contre Air Canada : Qui sont les individus impliqués dans le dossier?

 

 22 February 2016

Face aux nombreuses questions en suspens au sujet de l’abandon des procédures judiciaires contre Air Canada dans le dossier Aveos, le député de Deux-Montagnes, Benoit Charette, demande au gouvernement Couillard de dévoiler le nom des personnes qui sont intervenues dans la négociation entourant l’achat par Air Canada d’une quarantaine d’appareils de la Série C de Bombardier.

Pour la CAQ, il est important de savoir exactement qui a fait du lobbyisme auprès du gouvernement et qui a négocié pour chacune des parties dans ce dossier.

« On sait depuis plusieurs semaines que Philippe Couillard et ses ministres ne savent pas négocier. Mais maintenant que les liens entre certains hauts placés chez Bombardier et le Parti libéral ont été dévoilés, on est en droit de se demander ce qui se trame en coulisses. On veut savoir si les personnes gravitant autour du premier ministre et du Parti libéral ayant des intérêts dans Bombardier ont influencé la décision. Dans un souci d’éthique et de transparence, le gouvernement libéral doit dire aux Québécois qui sont les personnes qui sont intervenues dans les négociations », a déclaré Benoit Charette.

Rappelons que le Journal de Montréal rapportait samedi que Daniel Johnson, actuel président du conseil d’administration de la société en commandite qui gère les affaires de la Série C, aurait conseillé directement le premier ministre pour différentes nominations, notamment celle du sous-ministre responsable de l’investissement gouvernemental dans Bombardier.

Fasten Your Seatbelts! A New Tax in the 450.

 

 21 February 2016

More than a million drivers from the 66 municipalities in the 450 area code will likely have to pay an additional $45 per vehicle, to finance Montreal’s public transit.

MNAs Nathalie Roy, Mario Laframboise and Claude Surprenant require that the Liberal government abolish this new tax for motorists.

The CAQ members have vividly contested this sneaky new tax, proposed in the frameworks of bill 76, currently scrutinized at the National Assembly. This new tariff, which will be added to the vehicle matriculation, aims to finance public transit. It will be commanded and regulated throughout the regions of the Montreal Metropolitan Community.

“We must fight against greenhouse gas emission by developing public transit, but it shouldn’t be up to already-overtaxed, middle-class citizens to foot the bill. Especially since many of these families cannot rely on public transit for their daily needs. Families in the South-shore and in the North-Shore can bear no more: With the Liberals elected, everything is at a high except their income”, criticized Nathalie Roy.

The citizens living in both shores already pay $30 for public transit. These new measures will increase the sum to $75, like on the Montreal Island.

The population is invited to denounce this sneaky tax hike, at www.attachezvotreceinture.com.

Uber: A Ruling to End the Wild West.

 

 18 February 2016

While the Committee on Passenger Transportation by Automobile for Remuneration begins on Thursday at the National Assembly, Coalition Avenir Québec considers that it is well time to end the Wild West scene in the taxi industry. The CAQ is asking the government to quickly introduce a decree to regulate Uber.

The CAQ critic for transport, Claude Surprenant, encourages the government to restore a sound and stable environment immediately, while waiting for a bill to get drafted.

“A legal gap and an idle government have fashioned a crisis that could have been avoided. The citizens needn’t suffer from the government’s negligence. It is possible to act rapidly in this matter, by regulating Uber for the benefit of the population. We must evolve from the Wild West by laying measures for Uber, such as guaranteeing passenger safety, requiring drivers to acquire full insurance coverage and demanding the payment of applicable taxes”, stated the CAQ member.

“We cannot stand against technological progress and Quebecers have the right to benefit. Uber is a service that is appreciated by the consumers. Quebecers do not deserve to be held hostage simply because the government fails to provide rules and regulations in matters of commercial ridesharing. The CAQ is sensitive to the concerns of cab drivers, who pay for costly permits, and believes they deserve to be assisted in these times of technological shifts”, adds the member for Groulx.

The CAQ’s Youth Is on the Same Page.

The CAQ’s Relay Committee (CR-CAQ) agrees that this parliamentary Committee is a very good opportunity for progress, and considers that the government needs to quickly assess the opportunities of legalizing companies such as Uber, that are greatly appreciated by consumers.

According to Yann Gobeil-Nadon, president of the CRCAQ, competition to the taxi transportation services has evolved in a manner that is beneficial to the end-users, particularly by offering improved services and access to an automated payment system. In short, the commercial and technological innovation introduced by companies such as Uber are necessary for our society’s growth.

 

Anticosti: The Government Is Drowning in Quicksand.

 

 17 February 2016

It isn’t every day that we see a government rejecting a motion to respect its own contractual obligations. Nonetheless, it is exactly what happened on Wednesday, while numerous Liberal MNAs compromised their own convictions just to save face for their Prime Minister, regretted the member for Saint-Hyacinthe, Chantal Soucy.

The CAQ member deems the situation ever more absurd since only recently, Philippe Couillard stated his clear intention to honour his contract with the oil companies.

“The government is drowning in quicksand. This morning, Marcel Dutil, a longstanding Liberal and owner of an important outfitter in Anticosti, criticised the Prime Minister’s senseless and radical position. Dutil agrees that drilling three wells would not constitute a threat to the territory and environment of the island. All the while, our Prime Minister is breaking his commitment in vain, by refusing to complete the hydrocarbon exploration on Anticosti”, stated Chantal Soucy, instigator of the motion.

David Heurtel, Couillard’s Second in Command?

“Today, it became clear which MNA has the most say in the new Liberal party. I emphasize new, as since last December, the political party is unrecognizable. Recently, many thought that the Environment Minister, David Heurtel, was on the verge of losing his ministry. Yet, what we saw during this afternoon’s vote was that he has become a heavyweight in Philippe Couillard’s cabinet, possibly his right-hand man”, said the MNA astonished, as Mr. Heurtel beamed with uncompromised pride.

The member for Saint-Hyacinthe concluded by reminding that the creation of wealth for Quebec needs to be the number one priority for the Couillard government; not ripping a contract that may create wealth for years to come, after it is signed, sealed and delivered.

 

Anticosti Project Is Very Controversial

 

 16 February 2016

The Anticosti project remains very controversial.

Yesterday, the Petrolia Company deplored being subjected to wrongful treatment by the Prime Minister of Quebec and reported possible legal recourse at failure to resume the Anticosti explorations.

François Legault criticised in a press conference and in an interview for RDI’s Patrice Roy, Philippe Couillard’s intrusion and overkill in this matter. “To my knowledge, this behaviour is unprecedented: A business partner of the government deserves a press conference to schedule a meeting with the government. Is that how Mr. Couillard works with his partners? Need I remind him that Quebecers invested millions of dollars in that partnership? They are also the ones that will have to pay the bill if the government is taken to court by its partners. There is a line to be drawn when playing with public money for the sake of Mr. Couillard’s mood swings”, he regrets.

Also, Coalition Avenir Québec will be tabling a motion on Wednesday to force Liberal MNAs to render a conscientious decision for honouring their hydrocarbon development contract with Petrolia.

The CAQ house leader, François Bonnardel, had a debate with MNA for Québec Solidaire, Manon Massé, on the waves of 98.5 on Tuesday morning.

“We invested 115 million dollars of Quebecers’ money in this project until now. Shouldn’t we at least see the exploration to its end before taking a final decision? We have three wells to dig on the Anticosti Island. The environmental footprint is of 0.06% of the Island. Why shouldn’t we create great wealth for Quebecers if the opportunity is good and sound?” he wonders.

 

 

Communication With Petrolia Interrupted: The Exaggeration of Philippe Couillard.

 

 15 February 2016

Coalition Avenir Québec will be tabling a motion on Wednesday to force Liberal MNAs to render a conscientious decision for honouring their Anticosti hydrocarbon development contract with Petrolia. This was an announcement made on Monday, by the Coalition Avenir Québec Leader and member for l’Assomption, François Legault.

Mr. Legault considers that it is irresponsible and unacceptable for the Liberal government to interrupt all discussions with its business partner since the Prime Minister took part in the Paris Conference last December. “To my knowledge, this behaviour is unprecedented: A business partner of the government deserves a press conference to schedule a meeting with the government. Is that how Mr. Couillard works with his partners? Need I remind him that Quebecers invested millions of dollars in that partnership? They are also the ones that will have to pay the bill if the government is taken to court by its partners. There is a line to be drawn when playing with public money for the sake of Mr. Couillard’s mood swings”, declared François Legault.

“On one hand, the Couillard government is ending communication with its business partner. On the other, it is opening communication with environmental activists. We know that numbers are not important for Mr. Couillard, but his actions will lead to losses of millions of dollars for Quebecers. Is the priority of our Prime Minister to cater to Québec Solidaire, or to take care of real business?” was questioning François Legault.

Recall that the shares of Petrolia have dropped considerably since the announcement by the Prime Minister in Paris. This morning, the company’s CEO stated not precluding legal action against the government.

Anticosti: The Obsession of One Man.

 

 10 February 2016

The struggle of Prime Minister Philippe Couillard against the Anticosti Island exploration works is beginning to appear evermore as the obsession of one man, according to François Legault.

The CAQ Leader considers that the mood swings stamping the PM as well as the inconsistencies characterizing his government regarding the Anticosti project, are irresponsible and harmful to Quebec’s economic future. Mr. Couillard has also formally refused to commit to the oil project, even if the exploration phase promises profitability, criticized the CAQ Leader, during the National Assembly’s Question Period.

“The Prime Minister says at first that he has no enthusiasm to develop Quebec’s hydrocarbon potential. He then adds: I hope they stop sickening me with Anticosti, now. Then we learn that his government has called on environmentalist pressure groups to rally against the project. Finally, Couillard claims that Charest before him, has never approved of such a project. Yet, we learn that it is Jean Charest’s cabinet that began discussions with companies to partner up for the exploration of the Anticosti Island! We need to create prosperity for Quebec, and the Prime Minister isn’t even cooperating to find out whether the Anticosti project is economically profitable”, objected François Legault.

The CAQ Leader proceeds by specifying that the Anticosti project is indeed, an opportunity to create wealth for Quebec. He asks the Liberal government to respect its commitment and to reach the end of the preliminary phase of exploration, thus enabling a clear assessment of profitability. “Quebec must create wealth. It isn’t an end by itself, but we need to finance our schools, our public transportation projects, and to reduce our taxes. Quebec receives 9.5 billion dollars in equalization payments, because it is poorer than other Canadian provinces. Why does the Prime Minister want Quebec to remain dependent on these payments?” questioned François Legault.

 

Gilles Proulx: “Unite the Nationalists”

 

 8 February 2016

In his most recent chronicle in the Journal de Montréal, Gilles Proulx claimed that he would like to see François Legault succeed in uniting the nationalists in the upcoming 2018 elections.

According to him, it is the best way to put an end to the Liberal monopoly.

“With the Anglophones and immigrants voting unanimously in favour of the Liberals, Doctor Couillard’s good old party will remain invincible as long as French Quebec is divided.

François Legault knows that the Quebecer mind is fed by the fear of being afraid and that the Liberals love to instigate the topic of separation

By reminding Quebecer voters that our economic blossoms are withering one by one with the Liberals, the CAQ is able to take the nationalist approach, like the PQ, but without advocating this fearsome separation.

Will Legault know how to reconcile Quebec’s nationalists, who must renounce to their divisiveness, to take power? It is certainly hoped”, he explains.

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3,200 Jobs Lost in January: Couillard’s Objectives Failed.

 

 5 February 2016

The employment report by Statistics Canada for the month of January highlights the loss of 3,200 jobs. Prime Minister Philippe Couillard can no longer make absent claims. His economic balance sheet is still poor, and he has a long way to go in order to put Quebec back on the path to prosperity, stated Coalition Avenir Québec Leader and member for L’Assomption, François Legault.

At this rate, the Liberal Leader is on his way to breaking one of his key campaign promises: Creating 250,000 jobs until the end of his mandate. Today, there’s no longer a single Quebecer that believes that Philippe Couillard will keep his word, indicated Mr. Legault. “We are at the middle of the term, and only 42,700 jobs have been created. After 22 months, it is a proof that the promise by Philippe Couillard to create 250,000 jobs is dead and buried. We have yet to witness whether the Prime Minister will have the courage to tell Quebecers the truth”, said the CAQ Leader.

The most recent employment report made public on Friday by Statistics Canada, is confirming the lack of vision and ambition by the Liberal government in matters of economy. Had they implemented a sound manufacturing policy to replenish the economy, Quebec would be able to turn a strategic benefit from the fall in oil prices and Canadian currency, as well as from the economic growth of the United States, highlighted Legault. “Philippe Couillard can keep telling us that the numbers are not important, but behind these numbers there are workers and families that face uncertainty”, he mentioned.

The CAQ Leader continued by reminding that his party has committed to create a Fund of 5 billion dollars over 5 years, to revamp the manufacturing sector and to incite our organizations to invest more and become competitive on a global scale. The CAQ has equally demanded a $500 tax reduction starting this year for every Quebecer earning $150,000 yearly or less, to stimulate household consumption in every region in Quebec. “Since the beginning of the year, I have proposed two resilient measures to invigorate our economy. We need to act now to replenish and develop our economy. These are two building blocks by the CAQ that I hope will inspire the government in creating prosperity for all Quebecers”, concluded François Legault.