Bill against “orphan” clauses : We must stop unjustly punishing Quebec youth


 23 November 2017

In the name of intergenerational equity, the Coalition Avenir Québec is moving to the next step and reaching out to the liberal government by introducing bill 1092, to completely ban so-called “orphan” clauses in the workplace.

These discriminatory procedures, which are based solely on one’s date of hire, no longer have a place in Quebec, as declared by the spokesperson of the CAQ on labor matters and Member of the National Assembly for Chutes-de-la-Chaudière. In power for 15 years, the liberal government has never put an end to to this discriminatory treatment, which is aimed primarily at the youth in Quebec.

This bill, entitled “An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards to prohibit clauses providing for differences in treatment among employees”, aims to abolish “orphan” clauses, to ensure that there will no longer be two categories of workers within the same company.

Marc Picard highlights that this issue is very serious: these clauses affect more than 150 000 workers. In the name of intergenerational equity, the CAQ requests to the labor minister, Dominique Vien, to call his bill, which could be passed quickly, for the benefit of thousands of young people.

Quebec’s Policy: No Decision-Making Jobs for Our Youth


 30 March 2016

Quebec’s Youth Policy disclosed on Wednesday by the Couillard government, contains elements that are rather unafavorable to the participation, involvement, and presence of Quebec’s youth in the key positions of our public institutions; said the member for Chambly and CAQ critic for youth, Jean-François Roberge, after the document has been tabled by the Prime Minister himself.

The CAQ has nevertheless presented, during the discussions that led to the Liberal report, some coalescing proposals. For example, to reserve one seat on the executive board of every Crown corporation in Quebec, for a young person of 35 years of age or less. This proposal was appreciated and supported by many organisations, such as the FJIM, the Saguenay Chamber of Commerce, the FCCQ, and Force Jeunesse (Youth Force).

“The government has given birth to a mouse. Instead of reverent hopes, we must undertake constructive measures to integrate our youth into society. Yet, the Liberals are failing once again to lead by example. The Prime Minister is satisfied with diffident positioning, sitting idly and hoping for strategy to appear, instead of assertively taking charge and leading the way. Mr. Couillard says that he wants to take an example from the young chambers of commerce, but he is scared to move forward quickly. What a lack of coherence!” regretted Jean-François Roberge.

The Liberal party has no excuse for its self-neglect and let go, said the CAQ member. “The Prime Minister had a chance to send a strong message, by presenting a policy that would place our youth at the heart of public matters. Rather, he has opted for empty rhetoric and narrow measures. It is unusual to see so little ambition for our youth’s future”, highlighted Jean-François Roberge.