THE CAQ IS THE ONLY PARTY THAT CAN MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN

 

 29 September 2018

Speaking in Sept-Iles today, Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Champlain, Sonia LeBel, called for North Shore electors to choose the CAQ team for change. “We are the only party that can bring a positive change to Quebecers”, she said.

Accompanied by CAQ candidate for Duplessis, Line Cloutier, Ms Lebel encouraged people of the region to exercise their right to vote in great numbers. She emphasized the importance of this Monday’s rendezvous. It’s their chance of ending 15 years of Liberal government – years marked by budget cuts, failures, scandals, obvious indifference for regions and, above all, an absence of understanding of what families need.

“After 15 years, it’s time to do more and to do better for our regions. The CAQ is the only party that can oust the Liberals. What we are offering to the people of Sept-Îles is a positive change focused on their concerns. To place the patient at the core of our healthcare system, to give back money to families and, at last, treat our seniors with dignity, you must vote for the CAQ. We will be a government that is truly at the service of regions”, LeBel cried out.

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“The North Coast could very well be decisive in this election. The game is being played out between the Liberals and the CAQ. We have to turn the page on the last 15 long years of Liberal power. The CAQ is the only party that can form the next government.”

  • Sonia LeBel,
    Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Champlain

“The CAQ is the party for the regions. We have a very strong and ambitious economic team that will work for our families as well as for our entrepreneurs. After 15 years in power, the Liberals are worn down. It’s time to change government and to give a strong voice to the North Shore in a CAQ government.”

  • Line Cloutier,
    Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Duplessis

 

CAQ TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT ELDERLY PEOPLE DISAPPEARANCE

 

 27 September 2018

KEY POINTS:

  • Create a “Silver Alert” to help locate missing seniors suffering from cognitive disorders.

François Legault announced this morning that a CAQ government would create a “Silver Alert” similar to the Silver Alert existing in the United States. It would be given when seniors having cognitive disorders go missing. The CAQ leader was accompanied by Ian Lafrenière, CAQ candidate for Vachon who wanted to be present for the occasion.

“A CAQ government will do something about vulnerable seniors who go missing. We want to intervene as quickly as possible to prevent tragedies”, Legault said.

Police authorities will be able to give the alert if the 4 following conditions are met:

  • The missing person is an adult
  • The person has cognitive disorders (Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, etc.)
  • The person’s safety is compromised
  • Broadcasting information could help locating this person safely

François Legault insisted that the new alert will be different from the Amber Alert for children. The CAQ is confident the Silver Alert protocol can be adapted to prevent over mediazation of alerts.

The alert would provide information about the missing person, including his or her name, a description and a picture. Details of the vehicle involved would also be given if necessary. The location and circumstances surrounding the disappearance would also be shared. The alert would be broadcast on Ministry of Transport bulletin boards, on social media and, using geolocation, on mobile devices located in the area where the disappearance occurred as well as some regional media.

“The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want things to change in Québec, we have to start by replacing this government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form our next government, is the CAQ”, François Legault said.

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“Some 125,000 people have Alzheimer’s or similar diseases in Québec today. With the population growing older, this number is bound to increase during the next few years. We must ensure the safety of our vulnerable seniors.”

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

THE CAQ WILL BE THERE FOR YOUNG FARMERS

 

 26 September 2018

KEY POINTS:

  • A CAQ government will support young and aspiring farmers, through the Fonds d’investissement agricole (FDAQ), among others.

  • The CAQ vows to listen to the world of agriculture and to work hand in hand to ensure the future of Québec agriculture.

In response to requests from the Fédération de la relève agricole (FRAQ), Coalition Avenir Québec MNA and candidate for Mirabel, Sylvie D’Amours, met today with Pierre-Luc Hervieux, a new generation farm operator to hear young farmers’ concerns and to explain the CAQ’s commitments concerning agriculture.

Questioned about challenges young farmers face when they want to buy farmland, she reiterated the CAQ’s commitment to establish a 50-million-dollar per year agriculture investment fund during its first term in office, to be funded by FADQ profits.  Available for all types of production, this fund will support young farmers wanting to start their own operation or to buy and cultivate agricultural land surfaces. The CAQ is committed to work hand in hand with young farmers and to pay attention to their preoccupations, so that our land be used for agriculture and to facilitate farm transfer from one generation to the next.

While the Ministry of Agriculture should make it a priority of ensuring the future or young producers and farmers, Sylvie D’Amours reminded everyone that the current Liberal government waited until the very end of its mandate to adopt a few timid measures.

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“Agriculture is key to territory occupation, to land use and to the development of our regions. It’s also fundamental to our economy and collective wealth. For the last few years Québec farmers have been ignored by the government. We are losing ground fast and that worries me. The CAQ will do everything it can to support young farmers and to ensure a great future for those young people who aspire to contribute, by operating a farm or through the agri-food industry, to this essential sector of Québec’s economy”.

– Sylvie D’Amours
Coalition Avenir Québec MNA and candidate for Mirabel

MAKING THINGS RIGHT FOR HUNTING AND FISHING FANS

 

 26 September 2018

IN SHORT, ACCORDING TO THE CAQ:

  • Cancel hunting and fishing permit price increase

In the next provincial budget, François Legault will cancel price increases imposed in 2015 by the Liberal government on some hunting and fishing permits and return to simple indexation.

A CAQ government will compensate any eventual shortfall and ensure proper financing of wildlife activities, such as land surveillance by wildlife agents. Current costs of other permits will be maintained.

“The Liberal government has chosen to raise taxes (from 20 to 40% more) for all Québec hunting and fishing fans. For the last 4 years, the Liberals have used all available tricks to siphon more money away from you. A CAQ government will do the opposite: we will put money back into Quebecers’ pockets”, vowed the CAQ leader.

Following this price increase, approximately 50,000 fewer fishing permits were sold in Québec during the year that followed. A CAQ government will fix this Liberal mistake and will cancel this unjustified hunting and fishing permit price increase.

“The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want things to change in Québec, we have to start by replacing this government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form our next government, is the CAQ”, François Legault said.

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“The Liberals thought they could increase taxes for hunting and fishing fans without consequences. Well, come Monday, they will have to pay for this wrong decision.”

 

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

 

AIM HIGH FOR OUR FOREST INDUSTRY

 

 25 September 2018

IN SHORT, WHAT IS NEEDED ACCORDING TO THE CAQ:

  • More predictable cutting rights, forest management and forestry support programs
  • Promote the use of wood in construction
  • Encourage forest product exports

Together with CAQ candidate for Ungava, Denis Lamothe, François Legault vowed to make cutting rights, forest management and forestry support programs more predictable.

“Québec’s forest industry represents 58,000 direct jobs. The livelihood of over 200 municipalities in the province depends on forestry and Québec exports generate more than 10 billion dollars in revenues each year. That the Liberal government does not have a mid or long-term vision for the development of this sector is simply irresponsible!” the CAQ leader said.

Furthermore, François Legault intends to promote the use of wood in construction, by including wood products in public tenders. He will also rely on the expertise of Investissement Québec to encourage forest product exports.

“We have to boost productivity, increase the use of wood in construction and grow our exports. This is exactly what a CAQ government will do!”, Legault cried out enthusiastically.

The CAQ leader also wants to enhance civil servant presence in resource regions to increase cooperation with industry and better determine cutting and forest management strategies. Last, a CAQ government will defend and protect the interests of logging industry workers and companies in all international negotiations.

“The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and to do better for our forest industry, we have to start by replacing this government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form our next government, is the CAQ”, he said.

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“Forestry drives many regions’ development. We want to provide more stability and predictability to the logging industry. Currently, the government is managing things in the short-term. We need a vision for forestry… and this is exactly what the CAQ is offering.”

 

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

 

Do more and do better for route 117 commuters

 

 24 September 2018

IN SHORT, THE CAQ WILL:

  • Secure highway 117 without delay

Accompanied by CAQ candidate for Abitibi-Est, Pierre Dufour, François Legault stated that a CAQ government would make highway 117 safe at last. “More than half of traffic fatalities in the region happen on a single road, and that is highway 117. Abitibi’s road safety record is seriously affected by these numerous accidents. 2018 is not over yet and it’s the deadliest year since 2012. We have to act, and we have to act right away!”, the CAQ leader declared.

François Legault vowed to upgrade highway 117 between Labelle and Rivière-Rouge. He will also ask the MTQ to make the road more secure between Rivière-Rouge and Mont-Laurier by correcting curves and adding auxiliary lanes for instance. The MTQ will also be mandated to make highway 117 safer between Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda, notably by adding passing lanes.

“The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and to do better for people using highway 117, we have to start by replacing this government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form our next government, is the CAQ”, François Legault said.

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“We are going to solve this accident problem on highway 117 between Val-d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda. We have had more than enough accidents causing fatalities or serious injuries. It’s essential we invest to ensure driver and passenger safety.”

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

 DO MORE AND BETTER TO MAKE AUTOROUTE 50 SECURE

 

 23 September 2018

WHAT IS NEEDED ACCORDING TO CAQ:

  • Make autoroute 50 safer as quickly as possible. 

Visiting Gatineau today, François Legault announced a CAQ government would make the safety of Outaouais citizens a priority and fast track the highway 50 improvement project.

“We will mandate the Ministry of Transport to act quickly where necessary to make highway 50 more secure”, the CAQ leader said.

The MTQ will also be asked to evaluate how much widening the autoroute would cost, so that an implementation calendar can be defined. Widening highway 50, which is entered as under study in the PQI, will be completed as quickly as possible.

Highway 50 safety issues have been known for a long time, with over 125 accidents each year on the average. “In the last few years, the CAQ has presented several proposals to the Liberal government to make the 50 safer, in vain”, deplored the CAQ leader.

A CAQ government will make it a priority to improve highway 50 safety record and will establish concrete plans to ensure the safety of people living in Outaouais and the Laurentians.

“The Liberals have been in power for the last 15 years. If we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and to do better for the safety of highway 50 users, we have to start by changing government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form our next government is the CAQ”, François Legault concluded.

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“There’s a reason why highway 50 is nicknamed ‘the highway of death’, it’s because it’s dangerous! Ending the accident problem that plagues autoroute 50 between Mirabel and Gatineau is more than urgent.”

 

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

 

  AN INTEGRATED TRANSPORTATION NETWORK FOR LAVAL AND THE LOWER LAURENTIANS

 

 23 September 2018

KEY POINTS ACCORDING TO CAQ:

 

  • Create a project office to plan an integrated transportation network and highway decongestion measures for Laval and the Montreal North Shore.
  • Extend the REM to downtown Laval

 

  • Extend highway 19 to Bois-des-Filion and create reserved lanes linking Cartier metro station.

During a meeting with North Shore mayors today, François Legault announced his intention to set up a joint project office composed of representatives from the Québec, Laval and Lower Laurentians municipalities governments to develop an integrated transportation network and highway decongestion plan.

“We can’t magically fix 15 years of Liberal neglect. What I can commit to, however, is that we will do all it takes to complete the transportation projects as quickly as possible and finally end road congestion on the North Shore”, vowed the CAQ leader.

François Legault explained a CAQ government would extend the REM from Du Ruisseau station to downtown Laval, as well as highway 19 to Bois-des-Filion including a section of reserved lanes linked to Cartier metro station. He also said reserved lanes were in the books for highways 13, 15, 19, 25, 440 and 640.

“The Liberals have been in power 15 years. If we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and to do better for the people of the Lower Laurentians, we have to start by changing government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals is the CAQ”, François Legault said.

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“People on the North Shore are stuck in traffic jams mornings and evenings. If nothing is done, things will only get worse. The Liberals only ignore the problem. Well, the CAQ has a plan to finally end road congestion that affects the quality of life of the people of the Lower Laurentians.”

 

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

 

GIVE BACK TO CHILDREN THE RIGHT TO QUALITY EDUCATION

 

 20 September 2018

KEY FACTS ACCORDING TO CAQ:

  • Services to vulnerable students have been cut
  • Student protector inefficient
  • Science, history and ministry exams are now optional for children taught at home

Coalition Avenir Québec candidates Jean-François Roberge (Chambly), Isabelle Charest (Brome-Missisquoi), Christine Mitton (Laval-des-Rapides) and Claire Isabelle (Huntingdon) met the press today to review the results of 15 years of Liberal neglect in education. The assessment is damning for the outgoing government.

Québec has the worst school drop-out rate in Canada. High school graduation rates within the prescribed time limit in public schools is barely 64%. For boys, the gap between Ontario and Québec rates is 25%.

Currently, one out of two schools is considered to be in bad or very bad condition. “The most visible evidence of Liberal failure in education is our schools. Every day, one out of two parents, brings his child to a decaying school. Look around, the Liberals’ record is plain to see”, stated Jean-François Roberge.

Worse, Education Minister Proulx has lowered criteria for quality education in Québec. Schoolchildren taught at home no longer must learn science or history. They’re no longer under the obligation to pass ministry exams. The Liberals have cut services to the most vulnerable and have failed to provide Quebecers with a true Student protector.

In light of this dismal track record, CAQ candidates reminded everyone of Québec’s motto: “Je me souviens”: I do not forget.

For its part the CAQ proposes:

  • A minimum level of professional services in all schools, as well as stable and recurrent funding so that services to children having difficulties never get cut anymore;
  • Nomination of a true national Student protector that will be easily accessible and fully independent;
  • A revision of the homeschooling regulation to ensure all children have the right to receive science and history notions and can pass ministry exams to obtain recognized degrees.

 “The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and to do better for education, we have to start by replacing this government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form our next government, is the CAQ.”

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“Failing that way in such an important matter as education amounts to the failure of the century! We must change government if we want Education in Québec to catch up after these lost 15 years.”

 

-Jean-François Roberge
Coalition Avenir Québec MNA and candidate for Chambly

 

“I remember parents, teachers and students forming human chains around schools to protect them from the Couillard government. That is not normal! The Liberals have to be sanctioned for that!” 

-Isabelle Charest
Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Brome-Missisquoi

 

POT BANNED FROM PUBLIC SPACES

 

 19 September 2018

KEY POINTS ACCORDING TO CAQ:

  • No consumption in public
  • Legal age raised to 21
  • No SQDC outlets near schools 

 

Speaking together, CAQ candidates for Champlain, Taillon and Vachon, Sonia Lebel, Lionel Carmant and Ian Lafrenière announced Coalition Avenir Québec planned measures to protect young people from the risks associated with legalization of marijuana for recreative use.

A CAQ government will adopt a uniform regulatory framework prohibiting cannabis consumption in all public spaces. “If we don’t boot out the Liberal government, there will be a thousand different bylaws in a thousand Québec municipalities. It is one minute to midnight to ban marijuana consumption in public!”, cried out Sonia Lebel.

Furthermore, François Legault’s party intends to set 21 years old as the minimum legal age to purchase, possess and consume marijuana and to prohibit opening SQDC outlets near schools.

“The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and to do better for our young people, we have to start by replacing this government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form our next government, is the CAQ.” 

QUOTES:

“The Liberal government had the obligation to regulate marijuana consumption and protect our young people. Clearly, they failed.”

  • Sonia Lebel,
    Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Champlain

“Putting cannabis is the hands of someone under 21 is playing at Russian Roulette.”

  • Lionel Carmant,
    Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Taillon

“There must be restrictions so that drug use is not banalized. One of the best ways of preventing that is to ban it from public space.”

  • Ian Lafrenière,
    Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Vachon