Ethnic Nationalism : The CAQ urges Philippe Couillard to dissociate from remarks made by Carlos Leitão

 

 15 March 2018

Finance minister Carlos Leitão did not have the courage, thursday, to stand up in the House to correct, or even repeat, the same remarks which he made in english last week, in front of representatives from the anglophone community, in which he accused the Coalition Avenir Québec of extolling “an ethnic based nationalism”. The leader of the CAQ, François Legault, now calls upon liberal leader Philippe Couillard, to officially dissociate from the remarks made by his finance minister.

The liberal party has moreover blocked a motion by the CAQ  for the National Assembly to recognize that none of the parties which are represented endorse ethnic nationalism.

Questioned by the parliamentary leader of the CAQ, François Bonnardel, the Finance Minister remained seated and left it up to his colleague, the Immigration minister David Heurtel, to defend his insidious remarks and to pursue the campaign of organised lies carried out by the liberals.

The liberal party has accused the CAQ of division, when in reality, it is with these kinds of callous accusations, the liberals are pointing fingers at all Quebecers who think differently than them, deplored François Bonnardel.

Candidature announcement for Pointe-aux-Trembles : Chantal Rouleau will represent the CAQ

 

 27 February 2018

The Coalition Avenir Québec marks an important move in in recruiting the mayor of the neighbourhood Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Chantal Rouleau, who will be the candidate for the riding of Pointe-aux-Trembles in the 2018 general elections. The leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault, is extremely proud and honoured to be able to count on a woman of such magnitude as a part of his team on the island of Montreal.

Chantal Rouleau intends to use her accumulated experience in recent years to continue serving the citizens of her riding. “I am first and foremost a woman from East Montreal. It’s my home,and it’s my passion. Many decisions that have impact here are made in Quebec City. I am thinking in particular of public transit, which is a big concern in eastern Montreal. The riding of Pointe-aux-Trembles has enormous potential. But to develop paying jobs, create wealth, enhance the territory, you need the will, the courage and the political power. I have this desire and I want to look for ways to achieve it on October 1st 2018″, she said.

The CAQ candidate affirms that it is more than necessary to improve the public transportation in the East of Montreal. “ Until now, there have not been any propositions for public transport in the East of Montreal. Our neighborhood has been abandoned by the liberals. This era is coming to an end. A CAQ government is prepared to study all the possible projects in order to find the most advantageous solution at the best cost possible” assured Chantal Rouleau.

A strong message to Montrealers

For François Legault, Chantal Rouleau’s candidature sends a strong and clear message to Montrealers : “We are serious. Montreal can and must be a part of this change. As you can imagine, Chantal has the experience and the influence to make the voice of Montreal heard in a CAQ government. I am very happy and very proud to count on her. Chantal : welcome to the team for change”, highlighted the leader of the CAQ.

Review of the Parliamentary session : The team for change strengthens for 2018

 

 8 December 2017

With a session marked by a brilliant victory in his political development in a Liberal stronghold and the beginning of a wind of positive change in Quebec, the leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault, made a point of emphasizing that nothing is for certain, 10 months away from the general elections, especially against a Liberal government that remains a strong opponent and who will not hesitate to multiply the electoral gifts by October 2018.

Surrounded by all of his MNAs, François Legault noted that his party made significant gains for Quebecers during the last session. For example, tax cuts for families, checks for $100 per child, the second bath for our seniors, the abolition of orphan clauses, the creation of the UPAC monitoring committee.

The liberal strategy is becoming more and more clear : criticize the ideas of the CAQ on all platforms. However, they spent the whole session copying those same ideas. Between a pale copy or the original, Quebecers will be able to make the right choice, said Mr. Legault. The CAQ leader told Quebecers to hold firm. There is a strong desire for change in the population, and in order for this desire to become a reality, we must focus on the concerns of Quebecers.

Announcement of the candidate for Verdun : The CAQ presents Nicole Leduc

 

 5 December 2017

The leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault, is pleased to announce that Nicole Leduc, cofounder of the transport company Orléans Express, will proudly represent the CAQ in the riding of Verdun in the upcoming general elections.

“Nicole Leduc is an extremely competent business woman who is highly devoted to her community. She is a seasoned manager and holds an MBA in finance. In terms of numbers, she and I are on the same page, and she is also an entrepreneur, a very accomplished woman. Moreover, she is eager to combat school dropout rates, as she has done in the past by volunteering in homework help programs with ‘Pathways to Education’. Quebec needs women like Nicole Leduc in government”, highlighted François Legault.

Improve the lives of families 

Nicole Leduc has been a proud inhabitant of Verdun for 29 years. An entrepreneur, manager, determined optimist, and advocate for justice, she is involved in politics for the first time in order to improve the daily lives of her fellow citizens of Verdun. “The needs are numerous in this riding, which is home to a large socio-demographic diversity. Eternally optimistic, devoted, and determined, Nicole Leduc wants to build on the great diversity which characterizes the inhabitants of Verdun, in order to create new opportunities that will improve their quality of life. As a resident of Verdun, I see day after day that the concerns of my fellow citizens and families of Verdun are not a priority for Philippe Couillard’s liberal government, this must change.” said the new candidate of the CAQ. “ At the Coalition Avenir Québec, family is at the heart of our priorities, and rightfully so. For example, in Verdun, families with children represent more than half of the population. It is necessary that we bring solutions to all of the day to day problems which confront all of these families. We also see poverty, too much poverty, and hand in hand with that come unfortunate consequences such as a higher school dropout rate. We must reduce the poverty, wherever it is in Verdun.” added Nicole Leduc.

A CAQ government

“At the Coalition Avenir Québec, our goal is to bring Quebecers together to prepare for the future. To reach their goals, the citizens of Verdun need to be able to rely on a real, qualified MNA, who is proactive and efficient, and most of all present to hear their priorities. I will be that MNA” concluded Nicole Leduc.

Member’s Convention 2017 : Francois Legault announced that the CAQ will actively lend support to families who want to have more children.

 

 26 November 2017

The leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault, announced that a CAQ government will work to eliminate the various financial obstacles which stand in the way of Quebec families who wish to have a child. Legault declared this on Sunday during his closing address, in front of more than 600 activists and supporters who united in Sherbrooke for the annual member’s convention.

The cost of raising children has become too high in Quebec, according to François Legault, who wishes to liberate mothers and fathers from the financial anxiety and burden in which they exist, after nearly 15 years of tax hikes and fee increases under the liberal party government. Additionally, the aging Quebec population leaves no doubt that there exist growing labor challenges, and Legault is highly concerned with the fact that many Quebecers are forced to give up their desires to add to their family in light of financial reasons. Over the course of the weekend, CAQ supporters adopted a series of resolutions aimed at improving the quality of life of families. During his closing discourse, the CAQ party leader announced that a CAQ government will further financially support families that wish to have children.

“Continuously, family has been the center of our lives, and the heart of our society. Family is the core of the Quebec nation. Unfortunately, over the course of the passed number of years, the increase of school taxes, rates of daycares, electricity and more, have had a gravely negative impact on them. Never have our families experienced such bad debt as now. It is so distressing, that when a couple decides to have more children, they are often forced to reconsider. It is essential that these obstacles are removed for families who desire to have kids. Evidently, the primary goal is helping families. But if, in helping them, we obtain a higher birth rate, then that is in the interest of all of Quebec. It means a stronger economy!” declared François Legault.

The party for change

François Legault was impressed and strengthened by the vigor and the pertinence of the tens of resolutions that were debated and accepted in full during the member’s convention. With 10 months left until the general elections, the leader of the party called in his troops, who came from all over Quebec, to roll up their sleeves and embody the positive change that Quebecers need.

“In the coming months, our adversaries will attack us, on all fronts, but we must not let them distract us. We have an important responsibility: that of returning hope to Quebecers, after 15 years of liberal reign. We have all that is required to enrich Quebec: creative people, entrepreneurs, excellent universities, and clean energy which we can export. Quebec can enrich our neighbours as well. We have no reason not to be ambitious. Everything is possible, we just have to think big for Quebec! Quebecers are ready for a new team: the team of change!” concluded François Legault.

The Quebec Economy : Under the Liberal reign, equalization has tripled

 

 22 November 2017

Since the liberals came to power in 2003,the equalization received by Quebec has tripled. From four billion dollars in 2003, it will reach twelve billion in two years, according to Philippe Couillard’s liberal government’s very own predictions, as denounced by the MNA (member of the National Assembly) of L’Assomption and the leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault.

Over the course of 15 years, the equalization cheque sent by the rest of Canada will then have tripled. During this time, Philippe Couillard has seen nothing wrong with Quebec remaining poorer than its neighbours, reiterated Mr. Legault.

Despite this information, all the the prime minister had to say on the subject of the economy was that the economic growth previewed over the course of the coming years remains feeble, in comparison to the rest of Canada. In their economic update, the liberals anticipate that for the next four years, the growth will be: 1.8% in 2018, 1.5% in 2019, 1.4% in 2020, and only 1.2% in 2021.

François Legault  has indicated that Quebec not only has demographic problems, but productivity issues as well. This is the reason for which eliminating the wealth gap between Quebec and the rest of Canada must be a priority of the Quebec government.

Liberal family: The past catches up with Philippe Couillard

 

 27 April 2017

Since the beginning of the week, it has been the Chinese water torture for Quebecers, who are learning more and more about the good old liberal system of influence, deplored the CAQ leader, François Legault.

In a week span, they learned that:

  • The exmajor party fundraiser ,Marc Bibeau, and the former premier Jean Charest are under investigation by the UPAC
  • The actual premier ’s chief of staff was defending Marc Bibeau’ s economic interests
  • A liberal MNA, still in office, is apparently under investigation for having favored a real estate developer close to the mafia, according to Yves Francoeur of the SPVM police union
  • For François Legault, all these stories have the disastrous consequence of weakening the confidence of Quebecers. Member for Montarville, Nathalie Roy demanded that a parliamentary committee will be put in place to hear Yves Francoeur.

Extra-billing of $ 1.4 billion: The CAQ launches the campaign “Libéraux, Remboursez!” (Pay us back, liberals!)

 

 4 April 2017

Between 2008 and 2015, thousands of Quebecers have been unfairly billed $ 1.4 billions of dollars. This practice had been established by the liberal government of Jean Charest and perpetuated by the government of Philippe Couillard.

The energy critic for the CAQ, Chantal Soucy, strongly denounces this sneaky trick on the families of Quebec. For the residential customers, the overbilling represents about 587 millions.

The campaign “Libéraux, remboursez!” of the CAQ is available here . Chantal Soucy invites all Quebecers and clients of Hydro‑Quebec to publicly denounce this overbilling and request a refund by the liberals.

Mrs. Sonia LeBel is joining François Legault’s cabinet

 

 21 February 2017

The head of the CAQ, François Legault is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Sonia LeBel at the position of deputy chief of staff to the cabinet of the Second Opposition Group Leader. She was assigned by Mr. Legault the special mandate to fight corruption.

The former lead counsel of the Commission of inquiry on the awarding and management of public contracts in the construction industry, has more than 20 years of experience as a Crown prosecutor at the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions of Quebec. She holds a bachelor degree in Law from the University of Montreal. During the days of the Charbonneau Commission, she set herself apart by her tenacity, her righteousness and her sense of integrity, stressed François Legault.

“Mrs. Sonia LeBel dedicated her life to justice. She has a deep knowledge of the mechanisms of collusion and corruption and also of the Quebec justice system.  Her will to pursue her public service in politics shows her great sense of commitment. Her arrival at the CAQ constitutes excellent news for the entire province” declared François Legault.

Special anticorruption mandate

As the deputy chief of staff to the second opposition group, Sonia LeBel will be tasked to elaborate a series of proposals aiming to fight corruption. A government of the CAQ would put in practice those measures after gaining power, in October 2018. “Her arrival at the CAQ sends a strong signal: the CAQ wants to make of Quebec an example of integrity. We want Quebecers to regain their trust in their institutions” continued François Legault.

Sonia LeBel, for her part, made clear that she is determined to defend at François Legault’s side, the same values of justice and equity she held during her entire career in the justice system. “The Quebec can do better to fight corruption and collusion. I really don’t want the work of the Charbonneau Commission to be buried and that we regress to the prior state. We have to go to the end of the process undertaken” affirmed Mrs. Sonia LeBel.

Statement of François Legault following the shooting at Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec

 

 29 January 2017

The shootings that took place this Sunday evening at the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, urged the head of the CAQ, François Legault to make the following statement:

“Tonight, the city of Quebec was struck deeply in the heart. The news reported and the events unfolding before us are horrendous.

One or many shooters attacked a mosque of Sainte-Foy. Many people lost their lives and many others were seriously injured. On behalf of my political formation, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to the victims of this brutal attack.

One thing is certain: this is a barbaric and coward attack committed against innocent people. We are all supportive of the Muslim community of Quebec who is currently going through really tough times.

More than ever, we should all unite to fight against hatred, intolerance and racism. No matter what form terrorism takes, we should fight it with all the strength needed.“