1.7 BILLION FOR FAMILIES

 

 8 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • 1.7 billion in the pockets of families  
  • 10-billion-dollar debt payment  
  • Major investments in education and healthcare for seniors 
  • Reduction of waste and bureaucracy 

 

François Legault made public the CAQ financial framework today in Québec City. Candidates Danielle McCann (Sanguinet), Éric Girard (Groulx) and Christian Dubé (La Prairie) were also present.

 

Financial Framework: https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/fr/cadre-financier/ 

 

The CAQ tabled a framework that is responsible and demonstrates beyond doubt a future CAQ government’s capacity to manage public finances with rigour to improve services and put money back in Quebecers pockets.

 

A CAQ government will provide stable funding for the state’s key missions. In healthcare, spending will grow 4.1% during the first three years, and by 4.2% in the last year of its mandate. In the end, investments in Education will amount to over $400M, and investments dedicated to seniors, over $500M.

 

François Legault was obviously proud to announce his government would give back almost 1.7 billion per year to families. “Philippe Couillard has picked $1500 in your pockets during his first years in power. Liberals think Quebecers are automatic tellers. With the CAQ, the government will work to put back money in your pockets. What a change!”

 

Among other things, a CAQ government would standardize school tax rates, create an enhanced family allowance and eliminate the heinous “family tax” imposed by the Liberals. “No other political formation intends to do more for Québec families than the CAQ”, the CAQ leader added.

 

François Legault is committed to avoid increasing fees and taxation for Quebecers more than the cost of living. A CAQ government will also make a 10-billion-dollar payment on Québec’s debt before March 31, 2019. “Because the taxes we all pay must be managed with rigour and discipline, a CAQ government will endeavour to reduce waste and bureaucracy”, he explained.

 

“The CAQ team is, by far, the strongest to ensure rigorous management of public finances, to drive our economy and to put money back in our families’ pockets. The Liberals have been in power for fifteen years. The only party that has a team strong enough to defeat the Liberals, to form the next government and to manage public finances with rigour is the CAQ.”

 

QUOTE:

“Our priorities are clear: put money back in the pockets of families, invest in education for our children and in healthcare for our seniors. With the outstanding CAQ team, finances will be well managed, our debt will diminish and there will be no tax, income tax or fee increases above inflation.”

 

– François Legault,  

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

GIVE BACK THE EAST TO MONTREALERS

 

 7 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • Clean-up of contaminated areas in the eastern part of Montreal Island
  • Restart of Notre-Dame Street modernization project
  • Create a tramway line linking the eastern tip of the island to downtown

Accompanied by Chantal Rouleau, candidate in Pointe-aux-Trembles and by the other CAQ candidates for east of Montréal ridings, François Legault announced an ambitious plan to give back that part of the island to Montrealers. “After years of neglect by PQ and Liberal governments, a concrete and ambitious strategy is needed to put the eastern part of Montreal on the road to prosperity”, the CAQ leader said.

 

There is no doubt the end of refining activities at the beginning of the decade has badly hurt the economy of east Montréal. Its repercussions are still felt to this day. “Not only this part of the island has lost thousands of jobs and local businesses have suffered, but it is stuck with vast, abandoned and heavily polluted industrial spaces”, the CAQ explained.

 

According to a study, vacant areas in East Montréal represent 846 hectares, which is more than twice the surface of Outremont. It is estimated that 70% of those are contaminated. Businesses of the area cannot develop these zones, not to mention their health risk for surrounding citizens.

 

A CAQ government will act. “We will create a special 200-million-dollar fund dedicated to this clean-up operation. Investissement Québec will manage the fund and will work with municipal authorities to list areas to decontaminate and determine their future vocation and favoured development scenarios”, the CAQ leader said. This vast decontamination project of the eastern part of Montréal Island represents the first step to creating an innovation zone.

 

A CAQ government will also attack the monstrous traffic problem in the eastern part of the city. The Notre-Dame Street modernization project will be restarted and completed. “We will finally complete this project that gathers a wide consensus and has passed all approval processes. It’s more than time to get it done!”, Legault said.

 

Public transit will not be forgotten. A CAQ government will also get a tramway project on track to link the tip of the island to downtown and Marie-Victorin CEGEP to Radisson metro station. Not only will the tramway offer commuters an alternative to driving, help reduce road congestion and make transportation more fluid, it will also lessen noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. This proposal comes from the CAQ plan to alleviate road congestion in the metropolitan region made public earlier this year.

 

These three projects represent investments of $2.6G until 2030. “If we want things to change in east Montréal, we need to start by replacing this government. Both the PQ and the Liberals have forgotten about this part of the island for 30 years. The only party that has the team to do more the east of Montréal is the CAQ.”

 

QUOTES:
“The East of Montréal must get back on the road to dynamism and prosperity. We will help make that happen with 2.6 billion dollars of investments until 2030. No other political party is proposing to do more for the eastern part of the island than the CAQ. We will give back the east to Montrealers!”

 

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

“Some say Coalition Avenir Québec is not a Montreal party. That makes no sense. The CAQ has a concrete vision of the economic and social development of Montréal. Our team will get to the National Assembly after October 1st with suitcases full of projects!”

 

– Chantale Rouleau,

Coalition Avenir Québec candidate in Pointe-aux-Trembles

 

A GOVERNMENT THERE FOR PARENTS OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN

 

 6 September 2018

THE CAQ SAYS WE MUST: 

  • Increase by $22M the support program for parents of gravely handicapped minor children
  • Create a better balance between the financial help provided to natural vs foster families of lightly or gravely handicapped children

Accompanied by Marilyne Picard, CAQ candidate for Soulanges, co-founder and former spokesperson of the Parents jusqu’au bout movement, and by Marie-France Beaudry, spokesperson for Parents pour toujours, François Legault said that a CAQ government will be an ally for parents of disabled children. “If Quebecers give us a vote of confidence October 1st, rest assured that we’ll be there for you,” he stated to the many concerned families present.

 

The Liberal “Supplément pour enfant handicapé nécessitant des soins exceptionnels” program does not meet the needs: 54% of parent demands have been denied. Not only that, support is neither progressive or adapted depending on the child’s condition. “This program lacks money and heart,” Legault deplored.

 

To help these families in need, a CAQ government will add $22M per year to the financial support program for parents of gravely handicapped minor children. “No one will be left behind. Help will be modulated according to the child’s condition,” explained the CAQ leader.

 

A CAQ government will also better balance the support provided to natural vs foster families. Work will commence rapidly between families and the various concerned ministries to establish the value of this improved aid for parents of lightly or gravely handicapped minor children.

 

With Maryline Picard, Marguerite Blais Danielle McCann, François Paradis and Lionel Carmant, Coalition Avenir Québec has the best team to support parents of handicapped children.

 

QUOTE:

“The Liberals have been in power 15 years, and what have they done for parents of handicapped children? Not even half of what is needed. We have no other option but to replace this government. The only team that can defeat the Liberals and do more for families living with a disabled child is Coalition Avenir Québec.”  

 

– François Legault,  

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

QUÉBEC ON THE TABLE

 

 5 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

∙         Adopt a Buy Québec policy for all public bodies

∙         Double greenhouse production surfaces

∙         Support vegetable production

 

In the presence of CAQ candidate for Huntingdon, Claire Isabelle, and of two others who are also farm operators, Sylvie D’Amours for Mirabel and Éric Girard for Lac-Saint-Jean, CAQ leader François Legault made a passionate plea in favour of supporting consumption of local vegetable and greenhouse products across Québec. A CAQ government will commit to promoting local consumption to help increase Québec agricultural production.

 

“Quebecers want to eat locally, but government bodies are not doing enough to put Québec products on their tables. The state must set the example,” said the CAQ leader.

 

Legault’s announcement took part at Lefort greenhouses, a family business focused on innovation. François Legault praised “a business like we’d like to see everywhere in Québec. This is an example we intend to follow,” he added.

 

A CAQ government will take the lead by requiring a minimum level of local food purchases for all public organizations. At the same time, additional support will be provided to farm operators and food transformation businesses to help them increase production to meet increased government demand.

 

François Legault also seized the opportunity of his visit to Montérégie to denounce the gap that has grown between Québec and Ontario greenhouse production under the Liberal government. From 2007 to 2015, in fact, Ontario has added 318 hectares of greenhouse vegetable growing surface, compared to barely 21 for Québec during the same period. “Philippe Couillard and his government should be ashamed of such a dismal track record,” he commented.

 

In response to this Liberal failure, a CAQ government will take the means to double Québec greenhouse production areas, by improving the current electricity costs discount program for greenhouse growers. It will also create a specific program to increase vegetable production.

 

“The Liberals have been in power for 15 years and we keep losing ground. If we want things to change, if we want to do more and to do better to promote our agriculture, we have to replace this government. The only party that can defeat the Liberals is Coalition Avenir Québec,” Legault concluded.

QUOTE:

“Agriculture is key for Québec. Not only do they grow the food we eat, they occupy and develop our land. Farmers are entrepreneurs. They work hard and face risk year after year. They deserve all our respect and our support. They must be encouraged, and we will do so by promoting production of locally grown fresh food.”

 

 

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

A national policy for caregivers : help for caregivers

 

 4 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • Double tax credit for caregivers, up to a maximum of $2,500.  
  • Support construction of 20 Gilles-Carle houses  
  • Adopt the first national policy on caregivers 
  • Create a Caregiver Observatory  
  • Ensure survival of the Caregivers Help Fund 

Together with candidates Isabelle Lecours for Lotbinière-Frontenac and Marguerite Blais for Prévost as well as Lévis MNA, François Paradis, CAQ leader François Legault announced this morning his intention to improve living conditions and support provided to caregivers.

“In Québec, 1.6 million people work hard each day for a relative or friend they love, 1.6 million people the Liberals have too often neglected”, emphasized Legault. These men and women who care for their life companion, a parent or a handicapped child are true heroes. As a society, we have the obligation to help them.

“Without caregivers, the healthcare system would have to take responsibility for thousands more elderly people and disabled children,” explained Legault. According to him, the contribution of caregivers must be more recognized, legally and financially.

François Legault announced a CAQ government intention to enhance tax credits for caregivers to a maximum of $2,500. Also, to provide more respite to them, a CAQ government will participate in the construction of 20 Gilles-Carle houses in the next 10 years. These will be built in partnership with the Maison Gilles-Carle Foundation. “This foundation is a model that should inspire us to help caregivers across Québec,” said Marguerite Blais, who considers today’s announcement is the most important of his political career.

The Coalition Avenir Québec leader also commits to the adoption of the first national caregiver policy in the province’s history. His government will consult all stakeholders: community organizations, researchers and the Regroupement des aidants naturels du Québec to establish priorities, workings and funding for this future structuring policy.

The CAQ will also create a Caregiver Observatory and makes the commitment to invest at least $ 15M yearly to ensure the survival of the Caregivers Help Fund, starting in 2021. As well, a CAQ government will set up a specialized coordinator team and implement an intervention plan (medical record) for caregivers. The CAQ will adopt a concrete, human approach.

“The Liberals have been there for 15 years and nothing has been done. If we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and do more for caregivers, we must replace this government. The only party that can beat the Liberals and form the next government is the CAQ,” François Legault said.

QUOTE:

“Caregivers are exhausted. They can’t get the rest they need, even if they are propping up a major part of the healthcare system. These people are heroes, but they have largely been ignored by the Liberals. I tell them, go vote for change. If enough of you do so, in less than a month, help will be on the way.”

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

 

CHRISTIAN DUBÉ IS THE CAQ CANDIDATE IN LA PRAIRIE

 

 3 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • Christian Dubé will run for election in the riding of La Prairie under the CAQ banner
  • Until recently, Mr. Dubé was senior vice-president of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
  • He has an impressive track record and is an important addition to the CAQ team for change

 

François Legault proudly welcomes Christian Dubé, as the last candidate of his Team for change. Coalition Avenir Québec now has a full roster of 125 candidates for October 1st election.

 

Christian Dubé was until very recently senior vice-president of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He represents a major addition to the already impressive CAQ economic team. “With Christian, it’s like having Crosby, Ovechkin and McDavid on our team”, says François Legault, all smiles.

 

Dubé worked for Price Waterhouse before co-founding MIA Biron Lapierre Dubé & associés in 1986. He then became director, Mergers and acquisitions, at Coopers & Lybrand. From 1996 to 2014, he held many positions at Domtar, such as senior vice-president and chief financial officer, before moving to Cascades where he was vice-president and CEO from 2004 to 2008. He was head of Cascades’ European division from 2009 to 2012.

 

From 2012 to 2014, he was MNA for Lévis. During this time, he acquired a solid reputation for his mastery of public finance issues. He retired from political life after the 2014 election and answered CEO Michael Sabia’s call to become senior vice-president Québec of the Caisse de dépôt et placement. It should be noted that Mr. Dubé was one of the few MNAs having left during his mandate who refused the severance pay he was entitled to.

“I decided to come back for the same reasons I entered politics in the first place in 2012: I want to serve Québec, to improve state management. I want Quebecers to get what they pay for with a state that is effective as well as efficient. I was also impressed by the quality of the team assembled by François Legault. Not only am I impressed, I very happy to join the team and to old colleagues”, says Dubé, who made the commitment to complete his mandate in full if elected.

 

QUOTE:

“Christian is returning to politics because he wants to serve Québec. I admire his decision to dedicate the last years of his professional life to politics. I am truly happy to see him join us once more.”

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

ACCESS TO A DOCTOR OR “SUPER NURSE” IN LESS THAN 36 HOURS

 

 2 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • All Quebecers must have access to a family doctor
  • When needed, each patient will be able to consult a family doctor or super nurse the same day or the next, therefore in less than 36 hours
  • CAQ will ensure more adapted access and longer opening hours 

After 15 years of Liberal government, 59% of Quebecer still cannot see a family doctor when they need to. “What good is having a family doctor, when you can’t see him or her when you’re sick?” asked François Legault this morning alongside CAQ candidates Danielle McCann (Sanguinet), Lionel Carmant (Taillon), Claude Bourbonnais (Vaudreuil) and Marilyne Picard (Soulanges).

A CAQ government will ensure that within 4 years, all Quebecers have and can see a family doctor, or a specialized nurse practitioner, in less than 36 hours maximum.

The CAQ intends to completely revise the way family doctors are paid to encourage better patient care. On this subject, the failure of the Barrette reform is obvious: over 1.6 million people in Québec still have no family doctor. The CAQ leader recalled that before entering politics, Philippe Couillard spoke in favour of changing the remuneration of family with is mainly based on the number of medical acts.

A CAQ government will also accelerate deployment of adapted access. The team for change will extend opening hours in certain FMGs, CLSCs and former network clinics.

In 2003, Jean Charest and Philippe Couillard promised to eliminate healthcare waiting time. Fifteen years and tens of billions later, we must conclude that the beautifull words of Charest, Couillard, Bolduc and Barrette amount in the end to a series of broken promises.

QUOTE: 

“When it comes to healthcare, with Danielle McCann, Lionel Carmant and others, my team is very strong. I have full confidence in them, and deeply convinced that we will reach our goals.” 

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