Quebec’s CAQ government to present first budget March 21

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Quebec’s Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government will present its first budget on March 21. The government said it will focus on health, education and the economy in order to reduce the tax burden. “This is really in line with our priorities,” said Quebec Finance Minister Éric Girard, adding that there will be “good news” in ...

CAQ wants to give more power to Quebec’s nurse practitioners

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Quebec\'s health minister wants to give more power to nurse practitioners as part of a plan to ease the backlog in the healthcare system. Commonly referred to as \'super nurses,’ nurse practitioners in Quebec aren’t able to use their skills to their full potential, the way they can elsewhere in Canada. Health Minister Danielle McCann ...

40 minutes of recess to become mandatory in Quebec schools

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It’s a proposal from the CAQ that’s sure to be popular with Quebec kids. As of the next school year, a 40-minute recess will be a requirement in all schools – a move the CAQ promised in its election campaign. The CAQ says a longer recess is key to better health for children and better ...

CAQ government moves to offer pre-K classes across province

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The Coalition Avenir Québec government is moving forward on its promise to extend kindergarten to four-year-olds in the province. Education Minister Jean-François Roberge tabled legislation this morning ensuring that \"all children having reached four years of age will be entitled to preschool education services\" by the 2020-2021 school year, \"regardless of the economic area that ...

CAQ calls for committee to study teen prostitution

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/02/08/caq-calls-for-committee-to-study-teen-prostitution/
The CAQ wants to create a committee at the National Assembly to study the issue of teen prostitution. Former Montreal police officer Ian Lafreniere is spearheading the effort. Lafreniere is now the CAQ MNA for Vachon. CAQ MNA Lise Lavallee is also behind the initiative. Lafrieniere says there’s a lack of understanding about the problem, ...

CAQ bill boosts power to verify values, French proficiency of immigrants

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The just-tabled Bill 9 would also help eliminate the backlog of applicants — and give government the power to move them to the regions. The immigration minister has tabled sweeping legislation designed to eventually increase his powers to verify the knowledge of French, Quebec and democratic values of new arrivals as was promised in the ...

Health minister OKs site of future Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/02/05/health-minister-oks-site-of-future-vaudreuil-soulanges-hospital/
After a period of reflection, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has decided that the previously selected location of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital is fine after all. In a statement released Friday afternoon, Health Minister Danielle McCann said the government was always committed to delivering the hospital on time, but wanted to confer with “all stakeholders” to ...

Face School to get $150 million renovation from Québec government

https://coalitionavenirquebec.org/en/blog/2019/02/01/face-school-to-get-150-million-renovation-from-quebec-government/
Face School in downtown Montreal will receive up to $150 million from the Quebec government to undergo major renovations, likely to take seven years, the Montreal Gazette has learned. The Liberal government having refused to fund the project last year, sources say the new CAQ government, elected on a promise to address the deterioration of ...

Quebec’s elected officials learn how to protect themselves from organized crime

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Quebec’s elected officials learned how to protect themselves from being targeted by organized crime during the second day of their pre-session caucus retreat in Gatineau. The information session was organized by two of the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) MNAs, Ian Lafrenière and Denis Lamothe, who are former police officers. A similar session was offered by ...

Quebec’s hourly minimum wage to go up by 50 cents on May 1

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Quebec\'s minimum wage will climb to $12.50 an hour on May 1 — increasing the hourly wage of some 288,000 workers by 50 cents, provincial Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced Wednesday. In this way, the government contributes to \"increasing the purchasing power of the most vulnerable workers\" without reducing employment numbers or taking away from the competitiveness of companies, Boulet ...