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.”

QUOTE:

“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

THREE LANES FOR HIGHWAY 30

 

 19 September 2018

KEY POINTS ACCORDING TO CAQ:

  • Upgrade highway 30 to three lanes between autoroutes 20 and 10 

Flanked by his candidate for Vachon, Ian Lafrenière, CAQ leader François Legault announced in Saint-Hubert today his intention to improve highway 30 between highways 20 and 10.

A CAQ government will upgrade highway 30 to three lanes during its first mandate, a project estimated to cost $100M. “Highway 30 is a key artery. It goes through all Montérégie and is essential to the economic development of the region”, he explained.

In Montérégie, chronic road congestion is a growing problem. It impacts economic development and affects the quality of life of people in the region. Despite this, the Liberals have neither calendar nor budget to alleviate the situation.

“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 the people of Montérégie, 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.

QUOTE:

“The Liberals have been dragging their feet about highway 30, even if it is an essential road axis for Montérégie. Traffic is harming the region’s citizens and businesses. The situation is already difficult and, if nothing is done, it is bound to get worse. We have to act without delay. This is what a CAQ government will do!”

 

François Legault
L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

DOING MORE AND DOING BETTER FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S

 

 18 September 2018

KEY POINTS ACCORDING TO CAQ:

  • Additional $5M per year for Alzheimer’s disease research
  • Public consultation on the opportunity of extending medically assisted dying 

 

CAQ candidates for Prévost and Granby, Marguerite Blais and François Bonnardel delivered an emphatic and emotional message for the 125,000 Quebecers suffering for Alzheimer’s and their families. They were speaking to the press from François’s magnificent garden in Saint-Sauveur earlier today.

They announced that a CAQ government will inject an additional 5 million dollars per year into Alzheimer’s disease research in Québec to be managed by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. “Alzheimer’s is cruel to people having it and to their families but, research on this disease in under-financed. We must do more, much more”, Marguerite Blais stated.

The two candidates also announced their government would hold public hearings at the National Assembly about a possible expansion of medically assisted dying (advanced medical directions), an immediate concern for people having Alzheimer’s and similar diseases.

The Special commission on dying with dignity recommended in 2012 that a major and sane person be allowed to make an advanced request for medical assistance in dying in case he or she became irreversibly unconscious, but the government did not accept this recommendation for lack of social consensus. Consequently, current legislation does not apply to people with dementia or severe Alzheimer’s for instance.  

A 2017 study from Université de Sherbrooke, showed 91% of caregivers approve extending medical help in dying to inapt persons terminally ill showing signs of distress and in the presence of a written advance medical direction.

“The time has come to hold nonpartisan public consultations on the expansion of medically assisted dying. Québec can have such a discussion with serenity. I hope the other parties will support this morning’s announcement. We can work together for the victims of Alzheimer’s disease”, François Bonnardel concluded.

 

QUOTES:

“Investing $5M a year in Alzheimer’s disease research is necessary if we want to mitigate the impacts and provide better support to people having this disease. As government, it is our duty to keep alive the hope we will someday speak of Alzheimer’s as a thing of the past.”

 – Marguerite Blais,  

Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Prévost 

 

“The CAQ makes the commitment to hold this discussion for the sake of the 125,000 families having to cope with Alzheimer’s every day. We will do it because we must do it. This is a question of dignity.”   

– François Bonnardel,  

Coalition Avenir Québec MNA and candidate for Granby  

 

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD

 

 16 September 2018

IN SHORT, THE CAQ WANTS TO:

  • Launch a major school expansion, renovation and building program
  • Plan to build and expand Québec schools over the next five years
  • An architecture competition for every school built

 

Together with CAQ candidates Claude Reid (Beauharnois), Marilyne Picard (Soulanges) and Claude Bourbonnais (Vaudreuil), François Legault announced a major school expansion, renovation and building program. His proposal also includes holding an architecture competition for each school expansion or construction project.

 

“A CAQ government will provide the best for our children, and that starts with beautiful schools. We want to give them the most beautiful schools in the world, nothing less!” the CAQ leader said, enthused.

 

After fifteen years of Liberal government, only 45% of grade schools, and 53% of high schools are considered in “fair” condition. Which means one Québec school in two is judged to be in bad or very bad state. “It’s a shame for Québec. The Liberals should be ashamed! Our schools reflect 15 years of neglect from the Liberal Party!”, François Legault denounced.

 

While this Liberals’ balance sheet represents a major problem, it is also an opportunity according to the CAQ leader: the opportunity of doing more and doing better for our children. A CAQ government will launch a vast school expansion, renovation and construction program which will benefit from substantial funding and will be planned over a multi-year period of five years.

 

The CAQ also intends to hold an architecture competition for each new school built. “When it comes to construction, we must place beauty and attractiveness at the centre of our priorities”, Legault stated.

 

“The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want to do more and to do better for our children, if we want to give them the most beautiful schools in the world, 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 insisted.

 

QUOTE:

“One school out of two in Québec is falling into ruin. That is the result of fifteen years of Liberal government for all to see. Each day, parents entering these schools can measure the Liberals’ failure. October 1st, they must be sanctioned for managing our schools so badly.”

 

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

GIVING NEW LIFE TO OUR CHURCHES

 

 15 September 2018

IN SHORT :

  • Reinstate funding for the restoration of religious heritage buildings
  • Create a fund to support church conversions 

 

(CAP-SANTÉ, September 15, 2018) – Accompanied by CAQ candidates Vincent Caron for Portneuf and Sonia LeBel for Champlain, François Legault vowed to provide significant support to initiatives aiming to preserve or convert Québec religious heritage buildings.

 

To this effect, he intends to reinstate funding for restoration of religious heritage buildings, up to $20M per year. As well, a $5M fund will be established to support conversion or transformation of churches into community service buildings. These amounts are additional to the recently announced CAQ cultural policy.

 

“Our churches need to be given a new life or a new purpose if needed, but they must be conserved. Our religious heritage is an integral part of our collective memory!”, the CAQ leader stated.

 

In 2009, the Liberals cut funds for maintenance and conservation of our religious buildings, which accelerated the deterioration of churches and other places of worship. Over 450 churches have closed between 2003 and 2016.

 

“The Liberals have been there for 15 years and they have neglected our churches. If we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and to do better for our religious heritage buildings, 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 emphasized.

 

QUOTE:

“We must correct the mistake made by the Liberals when they cut $10M of religious heritage funding in 2009 and never fully reinstated it since. Our churches are vital to our villages, towns and cities. We have a moral obligation not to forget them and to give them a new lease on life.”

 

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

COALITION AVENIR QUÉBEC RECOGNIZES THE CONTRIBUTION OF VETERANS TO QUÉBEC SOCIETY

 

 15 September 2018

Flanked by CAQ candidates Svetlana Solomykina for Taschereau and Sylvain Lévesque for Chauveau, CAQ MNA and candidate for La Peltrie, Éric Caire, announced today a CAQ government would offer free of charge to veterans wishing to have it a special licence plate bearing the image of a poppy and the word “Veteran”. He was speaking to members of the Royal Canadian Legion.

 

“Much as what is being done everywhere else in Canada and in the United States, we want by this simple gesture to demonstrate to veterans how priceless to our eyes, to Québec and to Canadian society their military engagement is”, Éric Caire stated.

 

Himself a former military man, Éric Caire read with emotion a declaration paying tribute to veterans for their sacrifices during Canada’s involvement in conflicts worldwide. “For over a century, our veterans have shown their valour in numerous international conflicts. They have made great sacrifices to defend our values of freedom and democracy. We have the obligation to recognize and to keep alive the memory of the role they played.”

 

The CAQ commitment aims to replace the current veteran licence plate bearing only the poppy and to recognize clearly and distinctively veterans as well as their contribution to Québec society.

 

DOING MORE AND DOING BETTER FOR MUNICIPALITIES

 

 14 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • A project office for an integrated transit network for Laval and the North Shore
  • 1% of QST to municipalities
  • High-speed Internet access all over Québec

 

(Québec City, September 14, 2018) – CAQ leader François Legault called for cooperation with municipalities and announced his extensive province-wide transit plan in Québec City today. He was speaking in front of the UMQ together with Mario Laframboise, CAQ candidate for Blainville and former president of the Union des municipalités du Québec, and with Jonatan Julien, candidate for Charlesbourg.

 

Among his announcements, Legault said that, as part of the implementation of an integrated transit network for Laval and the North Shore, a CAQ government would set up a joint project office where the government, the city of Laval and other North Shore municipalities would be represented. This office would be tasked with establishing priorities and planning work schedules. “We’ll go forward together”, the CAQ leader said.

 

Legault also made the commitment to lead “a major decentralization effort” and reiterated his intention to remit 1% of Québec sales tax to municipalities to ensure stable growth of their revenues. He also intends to allocate part of the Culture budget specifically to regions.

 

Furthermore, a CAQ government will make high-speed Internet available everywhere in Québec. “If there is a national urgency for the economy of all our regions, it’s providing access to high-speed Internet in all Québec populated areas”, he emphasized. 

 

“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 municipalities, we have to start by replacing this government. The only party that has the team to defeat the Liberals and form the next government, is the CAQ”, Legault said.

 

QUOTE:

“The CAQ has many candidates coming from the municipal world, people such as Chantal Rouleau, Mario Laframboise or Jonatan Julien. We have highly competent managers, successful entrepreneurs and former directors of major organizations. We have the dream team needed to do more for municipalities. We simply have the best team, period.

 

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

ACTING EARLY: SYTEMACTIC DETECTION DURING EARLY CHILDHOOD

 

 12 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • Guarantee a family doctor for all children from birth
  • Detect neuro-developmental disorders in children 0 to 5 to provide appropriate care and services as quickly as possible
  • Set up specialized diagnosis and intervention teams to help children having heavy or complex conditions

 

Visiting his own riding with Lionel Carman, CAQ candidate for Taillon and other members of his team for change, François Legault made public his party’s proposals regarding detection of neuro-developmental disorders among very young children.

 

“This is one of the most important announcements we’ll be making this morning. I’m very happy to do so in my own riding! A CAQ government intends to take action so that 0 to 5-year-olds having development problems are detected as early as possible and get the care and services they need as early as possible” Legault said.

 

These disorders are present from birth, but its only when the child enters school that they have significative impact. But, only 25% of children are diagnosed before school. “A child with an untreated neuro-developmental disorder risks having learning difficulties, lower self-esteem and, eventually, dropping out of school”, explained Lionel Carmant, who is a neurologist.

 

The CAQ proposes among other things to ensure that every child has access to a family doctor. Currently, 146,000 children aged 0 to 5, or 30% of all children, do not have family doctors. “First, we must ensure all children have a family doctor”, Legault said.

 

The CAQ also intends to implement systematic detection of learning disorders among toddlers and to set up evaluation and intervention teams in CISSSes and CIUSSSes to detect and care for children having heavy or complex conditions.

 

 “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 children, 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.”

 

QUOTE:

“Intervening early in a child’s life is the best way to ensure he or she succeeds. Everything must be done to better detect and correct development and learning disorders – at the earliest age possible.”

 

– François Legault,

L’Assomption MNA and Coalition Avenir Québec leader

 

“We will ensure earlier and much more efficient treatment of children having neuro-developmental disorders all over Québec. That starts by assigning a family doctor or pediatrician to all new-born. We will see to it that all children, regardless of the region where they grow up, have access to the same services to ensure their development and success.”

– Lionel Carmant,

Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Taillon

 

OFFER EVERY COUPLE THE PRIVILEGE OF BECOMING PARENTS

 

 11 September 2018

KEY POINTS :

  • Reinstate coverage of in-vitro fertility treatments for infertile couples

 

Surrounded by CAQ candidates Isabelle Charest, for Brome-Missisquoi, Christine Mitton for Laval-des-Rapides and Lionel Carmant, for Taillon, as well as the president of the Infertilité Québec association, Céline Braun, and in presence of parents and children resulting from in-vitro fertility treatments, François Legault announced today his party’s proposals to offer every couple the chance to become parents.

 

“Many infertile couples in Québec want to start families and rely on our public health system to help them. That Philippe Couillard and Gaétan Barrette could let them down is beyond me”, the CAQ leader said.

 

In fact, despite positive results of the program, the outgoing Liberal government has abolished reimbursement of in-vitro fertility treatments during its last term. Thousands of infertile couples found themselves penalized by the Couillard-Barrette government. It should be pointed out the Liberals had not announced they intended to abolish this program during the 2014 electoral campaign.

 

Starting in 2020, a CAQ government will reinstate this coverage and will start reimbursing infertile couples for in-vitro fertility treatments. This will allow enough time to establish new cost-control criteria for the program.

 

“I can’t imagine the suffering of couples who dream of starting a family but who cannot have children. My sons are what makes me the proudest and the happiest. I have done many things in my lifetime, but nothing is more beautiful and more important than them. Becoming a parent is a privilege. We will help everyone wanting children”, François Legault said.

 

“The Liberals have been in power fifteen years and if we want things to change in Québec, if we want to do more and do better for families and for those who dream of starting one, we have to start by replacing this government. With Lionel and Isabelle, just to name those two, we have the dream team to defeat the Liberals and form the next government.”

 

QUOTE:

“The Liberal government has let down infertile couples wanting to have children. Infertility is a condition recognized by the World Health Organization. We must allow everyone to make their dream of starting a family a reality. The CAQ will correct this sad Liberal mistake and cover in-vitro fertility treatments.”

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

 

“In-vitro fertility treatments have changed my life, that’s obvious. This is exactly what this program does for people. What we’re bringing this morning is a message of hope. To all couples to want to start a family but who can’t have children, we will be there for you as of October 1st, and contrary to the Liberals, we will not let you down.”

– Isabelle Charest,

Coalition Avenir Québec candidate for Brome-Missisquoi