The Verif: Did the leaders tell the whole truth during the debate? | Elections Quebec 2022

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La Vérif  : did the leaders tell the whole truth during the debate? | Élections Québec 2022< /p>

Thursday evening, Patrice Roy moderated a debate to which François Legault (CAQ) was invited , Dominique Anglade (PLQ), Paul St-Pierre Plamondon (PQ), Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (QS) and Éric Duhaime (PCQ).

The leaders of the five main provincial parties crossed swords during the Radio-Canada debate on Thursday evening. They made many claims, but did they tell the whole truth? Some of their assertions have been subjected to the test of facts by the La Vérif team.

The Toyota RAV4, we sell 24 times more in Quebec than Dodge Caravans, and yet this vehicle will not be affected by our plan, said Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

He's right.

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular vehicles in Quebec with 15,939 units sold in 2021. This model would be exempt from the 15% tax on polluting vehicles since its emissions are lower than the threshold established by Québec solidaire. And the Dodge Grand Caravan actually sold 24 times less than the RAV4 last year, partly because that model is no longer produced. However, the vast majority of vans, pickups and sport utility vehicles would be affected.

We would like to reduce the number of state employees by 5,000, said Conservative leader Éric Duhaime. We would like to operate by attrition, but we want to reduce the size of the state. Unlike Mr. Legault, we don't want to promise one thing and do the opposite. broke his promise.

The permanent workforce of the Quebec public service increased by 14.5% between March 2017 and March 2021 to reach more than 55,000 civil servants, according to data from the Secretariat of the Treasury Board. In 2018, the CAQ had promised to reduce the size of the state by eliminating 5,000 positions through attrition.

Mr. Legault, he likes to compare himself to Ontario, but he has created three times fewer jobs than Ontario, underlined the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, Dominique Anglade.

It's true, but it doesn't tell the whole story.

Ontario has created 469,000 jobs since October 2018. This is three times more than Quebec, which created 156,000 during the same period. However, we must not forget that Ontario is a much more populous province.

Furthermore, since the CAQ came to power, Quebec has created 17% of the jobs in the country, while the province accounts for 23% of the Canadian population.

The Chiefs made many claims tonight. But did they take any liberties? Did they tell the whole truth? Here is Olivier Bachand's verification of the facts.

The mortality attributable to COVID-19 has given rise to strong exchanges between the head of the caquiste François Legault and the curator Éric Duhaime.< /p>

Do you admit that there have been fewer deaths in Quebec? Mr. Legault asked his Conservative opponent, to which Éric Duhaime replied: We have more deaths per capita than anywhere in Canada.

These statements deserve nuance.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the death rate per 100,000 inhabitants is 117 in the country, according to Statistics Canada data. That of Quebec is 192 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the country, as stated by Éric Duhaime.

However, according to several experts, this is because the province has better recorded deaths related to COVID-19, and it is better to compare the excess mortality rate. This makes it possible to compare the overall situation between various states, without regard to the ways of counting deaths related to COVID-19, which are disparate from place to place.

On this, Quebec has an excess mortality rate of 4.1% and fared better than the rest of Canada (7.2%).

Me, I am happy to say that we have tripled, for four years, the number of four-year-old kindergarten classes, said François Legault.

It's true, but it does not say everything.

The number of four-year-old kindergarten classes has almost quadrupled since 2018 to reach 1,600. However, the CAQ's commitment was to open 5,200 classes over a five-year horizon. In 2019, the Legault government had lowered this target to 2,600 classes by the start of the 2023 school year. In February 2021, the Ministry of Education postponed the opening of all these classes by two years, i.e. in September 2025. /p>

PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon wants to prevent Francophones and allophones from having access to Anglophone CEGEPs. Demographers and experts tell us that it is a language of socialization in CEGEP that influences the language of work, he raised.

He is right.

According to Statistics Canada, there is a link in Quebec between the language of work and the last post-secondary institution attended. Among Francophone students, 23% of them use English predominantly at work when their last degree comes from an English-language institution, compared to 4% of those who attended a Francophone institution. Among allophones, it is even more marked: 46% of graduates from English-language institutions work mainly in English, compared to 7% of those who leave a French-language institution.

With the collaboration of Aude Garachon and Nathalie Lemieux

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