31 August 2018


  • The CAQ has always defended farmers and demanded that supply management be maintained in its integrality
  • A CAQ government will continue to support Québec farmers and will defend supply managers energetically 

Since day one, Coalition Avenir Québec has supported farm operators. François Legault and his team have often defended their interest and continue to do so to this day.

Coalition Avenir Québec leader reiterated that the supply management system is non-negotiable for Québec during a teleconference with Marcel Groleau, general president, Union des producteurs agricoles, Daniel Gobeil, president, Producteurs de lait du SaguenayLacSaintJean; and Pierre Murray, regional president of Producteurs de grains.

The CAQ supports demands made by farm producers to the federal government concerning North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations. “We will stand up”, he emphasized.

A CAQ government will do everything in its power to ensure our farmers get fair prices for their products. The dairy industry is too important in Québec to see it weakened. The Liberal government must make all necessary representations and make it a priority to prevent abolition of Canada’s supply management system.

Coalition Avenir Québec has always made maintaining supply management a cornerstone of its program in agriculture. Québec farmers can count on the CAQ to defend their interests. 


“The National Assembly is unanimous. Justin Trudeau must take that into account: supply management is not for sale. If elected October 1st, I pledge to fight in Ottawa as much as necessary. I know how to negociate and I will never accept to compromise supply management. You can be sure that I will stand up for Québec farmers.”

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader




 31 August 2018


  • All Québec regions must have high-speed Internet
  • Regional economic development depends on it
  • A CAQ government will connect 100% of Québec’s territory

(CHICOUTIMI, August 31, 2018) – Just as rural electrification was a key project in the 20th century, access to high-speed Internet is essential today. After 15 years at a standstill under the Liberals, the CAQ is committed to usher Québec into the 21st century.

A CAQ government will invest 400 million dollars over the next four years to bring high-speed Internet access and a wide-band cellular coverage to 100% of Québec populated areas.

Approximately 240,000 Québec households still do not have access to quality Internet service and cellular coverage is still deficient in many places. “The current situation is a perfect illustration of the Liberals lack of ambition for our regions”, François Legault said.

The impacts of this lack of ambition are many. For companies and self-employed workers, it is a major roadblock to the growth of their businesses. By doing nothing, the Liberals have held back regional economic development.

It is also a handicap for families. “Imagine being a parent trying to help your children with their homework without Internet. Today, that’s unthinkable. Internet is an essential service in 2018”, Legault concluded.



“Today, we’re announcing high-speed Internet coverage for all regions. But there’s more to that: it will mean more competitive businesses and self-employed workers as well as improved quality of life and better security for families. In the last century, we had to bring electricity everywhere. Today, it’s Internet. Doing so is more than urgent, it’s an obligation.”

François Legault, L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader


CAQ to upgrade vision care coverage to all children


 30 August 2018


  • Everyone agrees healthy vision is essential to academic success, however, too many school children having learning difficulties are growing up with undetected vision problems. Current vision care coverage for children up to seventeen years of age must be upgraded.
  • A CAQ government will add to the public regime partial reimbursement for the purchase of glasses and contact lenses, up to a limit of $250 every two years.

To help our young people reach their potential and fight against school dropout, a CAQ government will improve vision care offered to children aged seventeen or less, by reimbursing the purchase of prescription glasses or contact lenses, up to a limit of $250 once every two years.

Child Vision care costs an average of $257 yearly for Québec families, which is more than in Ontario and a fairly important expense, especially for those having many children, explained Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault. Even if the RAMQ covers the cost of a yearly vision examination for minor children, purchasing corrective lenses is not reimbursed by the state. To ensure our children’s well-being, development and success, the CAQ will extend the current coverage so that children aged up to seventeen can get better vision care and adequate follow-up.

“We have to do everything we can to fight against the plague of school dropout”, François Legault said.

To encourage local purchasing, parents will have to provide a prescription from an optometrist practising in Québec and purchase their glasses or contact lenses in a business operating in the province to get reimbursed by the RAMQ. This measure will benefit all parents, whether they have private insurance coverage or not.



“The future of our children is essential for the CAQ. Vision plays an undeniable role in a child’s progress in school and is essential for the major part of what he or she must learn. Everything that can help counter school dropout and help our children succeed is more than welcome.”


– François Legault

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader


CAQ introduces «economic brigade»


 29 August 2018


  • François Legault took advantage of his visit in Beauce to introduce 6 highly qualified candidates of his economic brigade.
  • The CAQ leader underlined the importance of promoting entrepreneurship, generating success stories and supporting Québec entrepreneurs for the elected government. A CAQ government intends to do just that.
  • To support entrepreneurship a CAQ government will fund four additional schools offering entrepreneurship programs. It will create a scholarship program for the Beauce School of entrepreneurship and will add a section on entrepreneurship to the high school financial education program offered to Secondary V student.
  • If elected October 1st, François Legault will instruct his team to thoroughly analyze the role of Investissement Québec, and to reduce the heavy bureaucracy that currently impede the growth of many businesses.


Visiting Beauce’s school of entrepreneurship, Coalition Avenir Québec leader, François Legault presented part of his “economic brigade”, three women and three men who have had impressive success in business, including Éric Girard, former treasurer and vice-president of the National Bank of Canada; Nadine Girault, a specialist in organizational change and former financial institution vice-president; Joëlle Boutin, a leading woman entrepreneur and digital specialist; Gilles Bélanger, engineer and successful businessman; MarieChantal Chassé, who is president and general manager of a leading aeronautics company, and finally, well-known business leader Pierre Fitzgibbon.

Proudly surrounded by his candidates, François Legault emphasized that despite their 15 years in power, the Liberals have failed to nurture a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem in Québec. From 2011 to 2016, the number of Québec entrepreneurs has shrunk from 182,500 to 171,000, a loss of 2,300 per year.

If it comes into office October 1st, the CAQ will support and promote entrepreneurship, business creation and development through three concrete measures. A CAQ government will start by creating a scholarship program, under the form of loans of honour, to allow Québec entrepreneurs to attend the programs offered by the Beauce School of entrepreneurship. François Legault also said that his eventual government would introduce a section on entrepreneurship in the financial education program offered to Secondary V students and will create 4 new schools, in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Chaudière-Appalaches, Montérégie and the Laurentians, in addition to the three regional schools already funded as part of the Oser entreprendre plan.

A François Legault government will also proceed to an in-depth revision of the role played by Investissement Québec and will reduce governmental bureaucracy that is currently holding back many Québec businesses.



“More and more ambitious men and women dream of taking over a business or of starting their own. To support them and give them the means to make that a reality, the CAQ is presenting a very strong economic team, people who are highly competent and experienced in public sector management, in business and in entrepreneurship. This is a true economic brigade that will serve Quebecers, our entrepreneurs and our economy.”


– François Legault

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader


Marguerite Blais will represent the CAQ as a candidate in Prévost


 14 August 2018

The leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault, is very proud to announce that Marguerite Blais represent the CAQ in the riding of Prévost during the next general election. Mr. Legault is delighted to be able to count on this respected figure of Quebec policy, who makes the improvement of the quality of life and the care of seniors and caregivers her biggest priority.


The new CAQ candidate has already submitted several very interesting proposals to François Legault who is working to add them to the electoral platform of the CAQ for the next election. “It is high time for Quebec to adopt a real national policy for caregivers. The work that these people do with their loved ones who are sick is too important for our society to not be recognized. We must give them the tools and support they need to carry out their mission. The CAQ will also ensure the creation of a series of Gilles-Carle houses over the next few years. I hope that caregivers from all regions of Quebec can enjoy these homes. There is also a need for more initiatives in social geriatrics in Quebec, as Dr. Julien does with social pediatrics. Teams are needed to provide services to our elders. We must also fight against the social isolation of seniors. Quebec is not doing well at present, and we need to break the isolation of too many of our seniors. We must also improve the quality of life in our CHSLDs and make them attractive living environments. It is also necessary to enhance the value of the occupation of beneficiary attendants, “said François Legault.


The best vehicle for the cause of seniors


Marguerite Blais she has listened to her heart by joining the CAQ team. “For me, it is clear that the CAQ is the best vehicle to advance the cause of seniors and caregivers. We are the second largest society in the world to age the fastest. There are too many caregivers in Quebec for nothing to be done to improve their living conditions. There must be policies put in place, it must become a real social issue which we discuss publicly. I am delighted by the attentive listening I experienced while talking with Mr. Legault and his team. I am very proud to join them, “said the CAQ candidate.


Adequate services for the region


A resident of Saint-Hippolyte for many years, Marguerite Blais is well aware of the issues surrounding the new riding of Prévost. “The riding was created because the population growth in the area has been very large in recent years. There are many advantages to this because it adds dynamism to the region, but it also creates new needs in terms of services to citizens. The services must follow the needs. The health system in the Laurentians has for too long been underfunded compared to other regions and the consequences have been very serious, particularly due to  the aging of the population. Also, the citizens of Prévost have long mobilized for the creation of a secondary school in this part of the riding. They are right to make this request. You can count on me to study this project carefully and to follow it up. Finally, in Ste-Sophie, I want to help the municipality solve the problem of contaminated land. We need to decontaminate to make possible the sale of these lands, “she concluded.