Québec solidaire demands a freeze on government rates for one year

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Québec solidaire calls for a freeze on government rates for one year

Québec solidaire co-spokespersons, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Manon Massé, have made the rising cost of living their priority.

Québec solidaire (QS) is calling for a freeze on government rates for one year to help households combat the “drilling” rise in the cost of living.

The 11 MPs of QS were gathered in caucus on Wednesday in order to prepare the next parliamentary session which begins on November 29.

In the election campaign, the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) of François Legault had pledged to cap government rate increases (electricity, registration, daycare fees, etc.) at 3%.

This measure was part of the CAQ's “anti-inflation shield”. Reappointed, the Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, has since confirmed that he was going to table a bill to this effect at the start of the session.

But why even increase the bills of Quebecers, who are experiencing the worst inflation crisis in 30 years?, asked in a press briefing on Wednesday the parliamentary leader of QS, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

The CAQ, in fact, is inconsistent. She says she wants to take care of the cost of living, she says it's her priority, but at the same time, she will increase Quebecers' bills by 3%, he said.

“Right now all the bills are blowing up. In the midst of an inflation crisis, the role of government should above all be to avoid adding on top of it. »

— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire

He estimates the cost of a temporary rate freeze at $1.3 billion. Recall that the CAQ has also promised to send taxpayers a check for $400 to $600 by the end of the year.

No one will spit on it. The challenge is that for many, it will just pay the backlog of bills, lamented the MP for Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques, Manon Massé.

In addition, QS indicated on Wednesday that it had launched its nomination process for the by-election in the Montreal riding of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne.

The current MP for that constituency, former Liberal leader Dominique Anglade has announced that she will be leaving politics on December 1. The government has six months to call a by-election.

QS came second in Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne in the last general election. Its candidate Guillaume Cliche-Rivard will try his luck again, as reported by Radio-Canada last week.

Under the banner of Québec solidaire, Guillaume Cliche-Rivard had tried to win the riding of Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne from the Liberal leader, Dominique Anglade, last October.

This is an important moment, said Mr. Nadeau-Dubois. This is a riding in which we did well the last time, so we intend to give our 100%.

No matter what date will be chosen by Mr. Legault, Quebec Solidarity will be ready at the starting line and our goal will be to elect a 12th person to the caucus, he added.

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