Health, education, inflation, pollution… François Legault's seven capital challenges | Elections Quebec 2022

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Health, education, inflation, pollution... the seven capital challenges of François Legault | Élections Quebec 2022

Re-elected at the head of a majority government, here are the priorities that the head of the CAQ will have to tackle.

François Legault made a stop in Magog on the last day of the election campaign.

To “do more and do better”, as pledged by the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec, the new government of François Legault will very quickly have to fight on several fronts.

To help citizens cope with inflation, François Legault has promised tax cuts on the first two tax brackets, starting in 2023. He estimates that this tax relief, estimated at 7.4 billion dollars, will serve as an engine to revive the economy.

As for the revenue that the State will inevitably deprive itself of, it will be offset by using a portion of the payments provided for in the Generations Fund, a financial tool designed to repay the public debt over the longer term.

In 2016, the head of the CAQ was already on the heels of the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard to grant tax cuts through this financial strategy, arguing that it was necessary to give oxygen to Quebec families at a time when the wages are rising slower than the cost of living.

Without success: A tax cut can't be financed on our children's credit card , retorted Philippe Couillard.

François Legault went to meet CAQ activists in a restaurant in Rivière-du-Loup, in Bas-Saint-Laurent.

By the end of the year, taxpayers should receive a check for $400 to $600 depending on their income, an amount they can spend as they please.

The government will also improve the #x27;Financial assistance offered to low-income seniors from $411 to $2,000, a measure intended to benefit 1.1 million seniors aged 70 and over.

The head of the CAQ, who has often said he wants to close the gap with Ontario in terms of wealth, has also pledged that Quebec will be back to the point of ;budget balance within five years.

The third link, which aroused passions during the election campaign, will be one of the major projects of the Legault government, despite the studies that justify.

A four-lane road tunnel between downtown Quebec City and downtown Lévis could cost $6.5 billion, according to estimates.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">The subject of the third link between Quebec and Lévis occupied a lot of space in the debates during the election campaign.

Other projects in Quebec: the continuation of the construction of the tramway as well as the launch of new river shuttles that will connect tourist destinations on the banks of the Saint-Laurent to the Champlain Market, which must be completely rebuilt and transformed into a new showcase for Quebec gastronomy .

In addition, François Legault will surely have to deal with the issue of the future of the Quebec Bridge, whose poor condition has been known to many engineers for years and which would cost less to demolish, according to its owner, CN.

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Hire temporary foreign workers who meet the needs of the province, raise wages, promote the return to work of retirees with bonuses and tax incentives… All means are good to counter the labor shortage that plagues many sectors of activity, especially the health sector.

For the College of Physicians, we simply have to reinvent a collapsing healthcare network.

During its first mandate, the CAQ government said it was ready to “commit all the necessary sums” for the complete renovation of Montreal's Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, the cost of which is estimated at $4.2 billion.

The CAQ predicts annual growth of 4.5% in health spending and has promised to turn to the private sector.

If it respects its commitments, the Legault government will invest an additional $400 million, in particular to train and recruit 660 additional doctors and 5,000 health professionals.

< p class="e-p">This is the great dilemma of the decade: meeting the increasing demand for electricity. Hydro-Quebec has projected that from 2019 to 2029, electricity demand will grow by 20 TWh, or 12%, in part due to natural population and economic growth.

The dam of the Romaine-3 hydroelectric power station during its inauguration in 2017 (archives).

François Legault would like to increase the production of electricity from hydroelectric dams. Enlarge them? Build new ones? All options are being analyzed, he said. One thing is certain: half a Hydro-Quebec more will be needed in the next few years, he claimed by way of illustration during the campaign.

He also promised the construction of wind farms for short-term needs.

As for electric vehicles, the purchase of which will be stimulated by the ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles from 2035, they should benefit from three times as many charging stations within four years.

< p class="e-p">Problems with windows, plumbing, facade and sometimes even mouse infestation: more than one out of two schools in Quebec was judged to be in poor condition, or even in very poor condition. #x27;last summer.

The poor condition of several schools in the Montreal School Board, including the École de l'Étincelle, has raised the concern of many parents.

If re-elected, Mr. Legault has pledged to invest $2 billion more than planned, for a total of $9 billion, to address years of neglect.

The Coalition avenir Québec has promised to refresh 600 schools in poor condition. The work will also include the addition of windows, technological laboratories and collaborative work rooms, as well as the expansion of gymnasiums.

The new CAQ government will also have to tackle the shortage of teachers, as access to the profession remains strewn with pitfalls for interested candidates. Finally, the newly elected government will sit down with the unions in October to negotiate the renewal of the teachers' collective agreement.

After having suffered several refusals from the federal government, François Legault promised to come back to Ottawa to gain more decision-making powers in the area of ​​welcoming newcomers.

In terms of permanent immigration, the CAQ wants to maintain a threshold of no more than 50,000 newcomers per year. However, in temporary immigration, no ceiling has been mentioned.

Mr. Legault had even presented it as a campaign objective: I demand, in the next election, a strong mandate to negotiate this [the transfer, from Ottawa to Quebec, of the selection powers of some 10,000 immigrants] with the federal government. .

His arguments alternate between the crying need for manpower, especially in the regions, and the urgency of safeguarding the French fact in Quebec. If nothing is done, it could become a matter of time before we become [another] Louisiana, he had threatened.

The re-elected Prime Minister does not rule out a referendum on this issue in order to obtain a better balance of power with Ottawa. In the campaign, he was criticized by his opponents for having lost his influence with Justin Trudeau, particularly with regard to the passage of migrants through Roxham Road.

The Horne Foundry in Rouyn-Noranda

Rouyn-Noranda could very well survive a closure of the Foundry Horne, according to an INSPQ report made public two-thirds into the election campaign.

This is not the scenario that François Legault seems to favor, however, good-paying jobs from this polluting company and which floated the idea of ​​a referendum on whether residents would be willing to tolerate arsenic toxicity at best five times the norm over the next five years.

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Health, education, inflation, pollution… François Legault's seven capital challenges | Elections Quebec 2022

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Health, education, inflation, pollution... the seven capital challenges of François Legault | Élections Quebec 2022

Re-elected at the head of a majority government, here are the priorities that the head of the CAQ will have to tackle.

François Legault made a stop in Magog on the last day of the election campaign.

To “do more and do better”, as pledged by the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec, the new government of François Legault will very quickly have to fight on several fronts.

To help citizens cope with inflation, François Legault has promised tax cuts on the first two tax brackets, starting in 2023. He estimates that this tax relief, estimated at 7.4 billion dollars, will serve as an engine to revive the economy.

As for the revenue that the State will inevitably deprive itself of, it will be offset by using a portion of the payments provided for in the Generations Fund, a financial tool designed to repay the public debt over the longer term.

In 2016, the head of the CAQ was already on the heels of the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard to grant tax cuts through this financial strategy, arguing that it was necessary to give oxygen to Quebec families at a time when the wages are rising slower than the cost of living.

Without success: A tax cut can't be financed on our children's credit card , retorted Philippe Couillard.

François Legault went to meet CAQ activists in a restaurant in Rivière-du-Loup, in Bas-Saint-Laurent.

By the end of the year, taxpayers should receive a check for $400 to $600 depending on their income, an amount they can spend as they please.

The government will also improve the #x27;Financial assistance offered to low-income seniors from $411 to $2,000, a measure intended to benefit 1.1 million seniors aged 70 and over.

The head of the CAQ, who has often said he wants to close the gap with Ontario in terms of wealth, has also pledged that Quebec will be back to the point of ;budget balance within five years.

The third link, which aroused passions during the election campaign, will be one of the major projects of the Legault government, despite the studies that justify.

A four-lane road tunnel between downtown Quebec City and downtown Lévis could cost $6.5 billion, according to estimates.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">The subject of the third link between Quebec and Lévis occupied a lot of space in the debates during the election campaign.

Other projects in Quebec: the continuation of the construction of the tramway as well as the launch of new river shuttles that will connect tourist destinations on the banks of the Saint-Laurent to the Champlain Market, which must be completely rebuilt and transformed into a new showcase for Quebec gastronomy .

In addition, François Legault will surely have to deal with the issue of the future of the Quebec Bridge, whose poor condition has been known to many engineers for years and which would cost less to demolish, according to its owner, CN.

>

Hire temporary foreign workers who meet the needs of the province, raise wages, promote the return to work of retirees with bonuses and tax incentives… All means are good to counter the labor shortage that plagues many sectors of activity, especially the health sector.

For the College of Physicians, we simply have to reinvent a collapsing healthcare network.

During its first mandate, the CAQ government said it was ready to “commit all the necessary sums” for the complete renovation of Montreal's Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital, the cost of which is estimated at $4.2 billion.

The CAQ predicts annual growth of 4.5% in health spending and has promised to turn to the private sector.

If it respects its commitments, the Legault government will invest an additional $400 million, in particular to train and recruit 660 additional doctors and 5,000 health professionals.

< p class="e-p">This is the great dilemma of the decade: meeting the increasing demand for electricity. Hydro-Quebec has projected that from 2019 to 2029, electricity demand will grow by 20 TWh, or 12%, in part due to natural population and economic growth.

The dam of the Romaine-3 hydroelectric power station during its inauguration in 2017 (archives).

François Legault would like to increase the production of electricity from hydroelectric dams. Enlarge them? Build new ones? All options are being analyzed, he said. One thing is certain: half a Hydro-Quebec more will be needed in the next few years, he claimed by way of illustration during the campaign.

He also promised the construction of wind farms for short-term needs.

As for electric vehicles, the purchase of which will be stimulated by the ban on the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles from 2035, they should benefit from three times as many charging stations within four years.

< p class="e-p">Problems with windows, plumbing, facade and sometimes even mouse infestation: more than one out of two schools in Quebec was judged to be in poor condition, or even in very poor condition. #x27;last summer.

The poor condition of several schools in the Montreal School Board, including the École de l'Étincelle, has raised the concern of many parents.

If re-elected, Mr. Legault has pledged to invest $2 billion more than planned, for a total of $9 billion, to address years of neglect.

The Coalition avenir Québec has promised to refresh 600 schools in poor condition. The work will also include the addition of windows, technological laboratories and collaborative work rooms, as well as the expansion of gymnasiums.

The new CAQ government will also have to tackle the shortage of teachers, as access to the profession remains strewn with pitfalls for interested candidates. Finally, the newly elected government will sit down with the unions in October to negotiate the renewal of the teachers' collective agreement.

After having suffered several refusals from the federal government, François Legault promised to come back to Ottawa to gain more decision-making powers in the area of ​​welcoming newcomers.

In terms of permanent immigration, the CAQ wants to maintain a threshold of no more than 50,000 newcomers per year. However, in temporary immigration, no ceiling has been mentioned.

Mr. Legault had even presented it as a campaign objective: I demand, in the next election, a strong mandate to negotiate this [the transfer, from Ottawa to Quebec, of the selection powers of some 10,000 immigrants] with the federal government. .

His arguments alternate between the crying need for manpower, especially in the regions, and the urgency of safeguarding the French fact in Quebec. If nothing is done, it could become a matter of time before we become [another] Louisiana, he had threatened.

The re-elected Prime Minister does not rule out a referendum on this issue in order to obtain a better balance of power with Ottawa. In the campaign, he was criticized by his opponents for having lost his influence with Justin Trudeau, particularly with regard to the passage of migrants through Roxham Road.

The Horne Foundry in Rouyn-Noranda

Rouyn-Noranda could very well survive a closure of the Foundry Horne, according to an INSPQ report made public two-thirds into the election campaign.

This is not the scenario that François Legault seems to favor, however, good-paying jobs from this polluting company and which floated the idea of ​​a referendum on whether residents would be willing to tolerate arsenic toxicity at best five times the norm over the next five years.

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