Five new regions move to the orange level

 

 3 March 2021

Accompanied by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Christian Dubé, and the National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, the Premier, Mr. François Legault, announced that five new regions will go on Orange Alert. As of March 8, the regions of Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie, Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec will change color codes.

In these regions, the curfew will remain in effect, but will be extended from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This also means, for these regions, the reopening of training rooms, theatres and restaurants (maximum of two adults per table, accompanied, if applicable, by their minor children). Also, the practice of sports and leisure activities alone, in pairs or by the occupants of the same private residence in open indoor public places will be permitted.

The Montreal, the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Montérégie and Laval regions remain on the red tier. “There are still too many active cases. As a precaution, we must keep these regions in the red zone,” said François Legault.

The Premier made a point of specifying that, although the epidemiological situation has greatly improved in all the regions that will be moving to the orange level in recent weeks, the issue of variants continues to be of concern and is being monitored very closely by public health. “When we look at the pandemic situation in general, the number of cases and hospitalizations has stabilized. We have reached a plateau. In fact, the increase in the British variant, which is more contagious, has stopped the descent. Our fear is that it is on the rise again. It will be necessary to remain very careful if we do not want to return to the red zone. I want to be very clear: even in the orange areas, private gatherings will remain forbidden. Our room for manoeuvre is limited,” warned the Premier.

Additional flexibilities

The relaxations that were announced on February 26 will remain in place after March 8, particularly with respect to public pools, skating rinks and cinemas, which will remain open in red and orange zones. “We hope to be able to announce soon additional relaxations, especially for young people, in the area of sports and recreation, but we must go very gradually,” explained the Prime Minister.

In keeping with this approach, the Premier took the opportunity to announce an initial easing in the school environment: certain extracurricular activities in preschool, elementary and secondary schools will be able to resume, as of March 15, in class groups only, and this, throughout Quebec, in both the orange and red zones.

Also, in the orange zone, places of worship will be able to accommodate a maximum of 100 people, as of March 8, provided that sanitary measures are strictly enforced.

If the epidemiological situation remains favorable, new relaxations should be announced, starting next week, for theaters, places of worship and sports. “I know the importance of sports in people’s lives, especially young people. There’s nothing better than sports to relieve stress. It is essential for the mental health of many, but we must all understand that some sports can bring contact and therefore contagion,” explained Mr. Legault.

A curfew will remain in effect throughout Quebec, at 8:00 p.m. in the red zone and 9:30 p.m. in the orange zone, telework will remain mandatory and gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, will still be prohibited throughout Quebec and at all times.

“Vaccination is the key to win against the pandemic”

 

 23 February 2021

Quebec’s Prime Minister, François Legault, and the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, announced today, live from Quebec’s most important vaccination centre, that the vaccination campaign targetting the general public will start next week. The campaign will be launched according to age groups.

The vaccination campaign will take place step by step, starting with the people who are 85 years old and older (born in 1936 or before), who can make an appointment as of february 25th.

The simplest way to get an appointment is by going to the page http://www.quebec.ca/vaccinCOVID. For those who don’t have an internet connexion or struggle using it, it is possible to call the following number to get help: 1-877-644-4545.

It is important to remember that those who are not in the 85+ age group must avoid calling or taking an appointment. Every age group will be informed when it is time for them to get an appointment. The first step only targets people who are 85 years old and older.

“We will start with the people who are 85 years old and older located in the Montreal region, since it is the region where the virus is the most present. Then, we will proceed with the other regions. However, people who are 85 years old and older can still make an appointment as of february 25th, even if they are not from Montreal.”

The first Quebecer received the vaccine against Covid-19 today

 

 14 December 2020

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, happily announced that the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 started today. Elder residents and workers of the Montreal long-term care home Centre gériatique Maimonides Donald Berman and the Centre d’hébergement Saint-Antoine, in Quebec City, were the first ones to be vaccined in the province.

Thise vaccination campaign finally started, after several planning weeks. As it was announced, the provinced did everything to be prepared and ready once the first doses were received, which was only a few hours ago.

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.