Québec solidaire unveils a platform for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean | Elections Quebec 2022

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Québec solidaire unveils a platform for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean | Élections Québec 2022

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Québec solidaire's regional candidates unveiled their platform on Monday.

In this fourth week of the election campaign, the five candidates of Québec solidaire in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean unveiled their regional platform on Monday. It focuses on issues such as the environment and regional development.

Two weeks before the election, Québec solidaire claims to be the voice of the regions and it is in this perspective that the party presented a series of commitments for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Québec solidaire has not carried out such an exercise in all regions of Québec.

We found that extremely important to Québec solidaire in the region. We have a democratic life, we are able to defend and adequately express the issues, immediately explained Adrien Guibert-Barthez, candidate in Chicoutimi.

Contrary to what the outgoing government and Rio Tinto claim, Québec solidaire believes that the multinational has not respected all of its commitments, in particular for the construction of a new aluminum smelter resulting from the 1984 agreement on the use of water from the Péribonka River.

What we are asking for is compliance with this agreement . Obviously, currently, the Rio Tinto plant is polluting, but we are asking for it in a context where we want Elysis technology to be accelerated and implemented in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, continued the former co-porter. word of the Coalition Fjord.

The regional candidates also want to build 900 social housing units and promise to invest in public transport.

They want the CLSCs to be open day and night to improve local services in the small municipalities.

I am in Dubuc and I know that there are places very little served by CLSCs with aging populations. For us, this is a priority, said Andrée-Anne Brillant.

The creation of protected areas, particularly south of Lake Kénogami, is also one of the commitments of Québec solidaire.

While the survival of the forest industry is a concern in Lac-Saint-Jean, Elsa Moulin, candidate in Lac-Saint-Jean, believes it is possible to keep jobs while protecting woodland caribou habitat.

It's not necessarily about job losses, but about job transformation, she said.

She says she has met with mayors on this subject.

We met elected officials at the Table of elected officials, we replied that it is not necessarily irreconcilable and that the forest industry is called to transform. We should think more about the second and wood processing, she said.

As for the specific cost of these commitments, the candidates were unable to quantify them.

Based on a report by Roby St-Gelais

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