The PQ proposes a national strategy to revitalize city centers | Elections Quebec 2022

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Efforts to revitalize Maguire Avenue in Quebec City have borne fruit, as evidenced by its commercial vacancy rate of 0.0%.

The Parti Québécois (PQ) is committed to implementing a government strategy to revitalize city centers and village centers if it comes to power on October 3. The sovereignist formation affirms that the objectives pursued by its policy are aligned with those of the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, who wishes to revitalize the commercial arteries of the capital.

The PQ candidate in Taschereau, Jeanne Robin, maintained on Tuesday that the proliferation of big-box stores and the growing popularity of online commerce, particularly since the start of the pandemic, had weakened the economic vitality of the hearts of towns and villages across the country. Quebec.

According to her, they are going through a perfect storm, as evidenced by the many unoccupied business premises and the closures of several restaurants, bars and other local businesses.

To reverse the trend, the PQ is committed to deploying a government strategy devoted specifically to town centers and village cores, recognizing the special status of these strategic places, which play an important social, economic and cultural role.

The PQ revitalization plan notably provides for a recurring envelope of $50 million per year to help municipalities put in place measures adapted to their needs. These sums could be used in particular to beautify streets or promote the establishment of businesses that complement existing ones.

PQ candidates Michaël Potvin (left), Jeanne Robin (center) and Gabriel Coulombe (right) presented their party's commitments on Tuesday to support the vitality of commercial arteries.

A PQ government would also rely on the role of the state as an important real estate player to revitalize commercial arteries, whether by setting up a branch of the SAQ or a building offering public services.

< p class="e-p">We know that the presence of an SAQ on a commercial artery is often an indicator of vitality, and a support for vitality because it is a destination business. It's a monopoly. So it's a business that people are heading towards, which will have an impact on the entire local commercial offer, explained Jeanne Robin.

“The Parti Québécois is committed to favoring the priority establishment of public service points and government offices in the heart of city centers and village cores. »

— Jeanne Robin, PQ candidate in Taschereau

The PQ candidate in Jean-Talon, Gabriel Coulombe, specified that in Quebec, the strategy proposed by his party would not be limited to bringing the people in the city center, but to revitalize the commercial arteries throughout the territory.

There are some in Cap-Rouge, at the Campanile [in Sainte-Foy], there are some in Loretteville, with rue Racine. We can also think of the Trait-Carré [in Charlesbourg]. So, it's really a vision that is good for the entire agglomeration, said Mr. Coulombe.

Rue Saint-Joseph has a vacancy rate for business premises of 8.5% (archives).

This is the vision advocated by the City of Quebec. As recently as Monday, Mayor Bruno Marchand reiterated his desire to have strong commercial arteries in each neighborhood.

For his part, the PQ candidate in Jean-Lesage, Michaël Potvin, argued that local businesses contribute more to the enrichment of our neighborhoods than online commerce, outrageously dominated by multinationals like GAFAM.

The PQ's electoral commitment comes the day after the publication of a study on the vacancy and vacancy of street businesses in Quebec.

Carried out by the firm Côté Mercier Data Services, the study reveals that in the Capitale-Nationale region, the vacancy rate for business premises has decreased on several commercial arteries between 2019 and 2021. It even dropped to 0.0% on Maguire Avenue and Saint-Louis Street.

The picture is not as good across the territory. Rue Saint-Joseph (8.5%), in the Saint-Roch district, and rue Saint-Jean (7.7%), in Upper Town, saw their vacancy rate for business places increase in the past year, as has Route de l'Église (6.0%), in the Sainte-Foy sector.

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