2018 Quebec

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But first! Narrow it down to your important issues

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Childcare

  • Will offer free educational services for four-year-olds in government-subsidized daycare and childcare centres (CPEs). Party estimates this will cost Quebec an additional $250 million (1)
  • Families with children under 18 will get an extra $150 to $300—per child, per year, and tax-free—depending on family income (1)
  • Promises to cancel progressive pricing of subsidized daycare places. First child would cost $8.05/day, regardless of income. Second child: $4/day. Third would be free. Daycare would also be free for families with revenue under $34,000 (1)
  • Will get rid of progressive daycare pricing, though over a period of four years. All Quebec parents would be charged the same daily rate, regardless of their annual income (1)
  • Proposes free daycare as part of its plan to offer free education between the ages of 0 and 17 (1)

Economy & Employment

  • Has tabled five budgets since taking power in 2014; four of them have been balanced. The 2018 budget increased spending by 4.7%, one of the highest increases in the past 20 years (1)
  • Will spend $440 million over the next five years to encourage entrepreneurship in the province (1)
  • Advocates economic nationalism (1)
  • Wants Quebec’s pension fund manager—the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec—to help prevent corporate headquarters from leaving the province (1)
  • Would impose a 25% Quebec-content requirement on all Caisse infrastructure projects (1)
  • Will eliminate 5,000 public sector jobs without cutting services, saving $380 million in the first year and $800 million more after four years (4)
  • Will further harmonize school taxes across the province, a tax cut valued at $700 million (1)
  • Wants to create a Quebec version of Silicon Valley, which they’ve dubbed “The Saint-Laurent Project,” turning the Saint-Lawrence Valley into a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship with the collaboration of universities (1)
  • Supports a $15/hour minimum wage, extending minimum vacation from two to four weeks and ending forced overtime (1)
  • Will consider nationalizing natural resources in the province, including the mining and forestry industries (1)

Education

  • Increased education system spending in the first two years of its mandate by 1.2% and 0.2%, respectively. Experts say annual increases of between 3% and 4% were necessary to keep pace with inflation (1)
  • Tabled a plan in 2017 to boost the high school graduation rate from 68% to 85% by 2030 and hired 1,500 education professionals (including 600 more teachers) last year (1)
  • Promises to gradually move toward free CEGEP and university tuition, beginning with low-income students. This measure will cost an estimated $400 million (1)
  • Will reduce funding for English-language CEGEPs in order to offer better quality English-language instruction in French CEGEPs (1)
  • Will provide affordable lunches for elementary school students at a cost of $39 million and facilitate cheaper school supplies by having schools make bulk purchases on parents’ behalf (1)
  • Will abolish school boards and replace them with service centres that would provide administrative support to schools. The party believes this would give schools greater autonomy and make the education system cheaper to run (1)
  • Wants to increase the mandatory age of compulsory school attendance to 18 to reduce the dropout rate (1)
  • Wants added homework help, extracurricular activities (sports and culture), additional funding for career guidance, and tutors assigned to more vulnerable students (1)
  • Will make education free for all people living in the province, from daycare until university. The party estimates that providing free education between the ages of 0 and 17 will cost the government $950 million annually (1)
  • Will invest $2 billion into the education system over 4 years: $1.6 billion for renovation and construction of schools and between $140 million and $200 million for 4,400 new teachers and education professionals (16)

Environment & Parks

  • Will spend an additional $2.9 billion by 2023 on sustainable mobility (1)
  • Supports existing cap-and-trade system designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (1)
  • Will ban all new fossil fuel projects and existing projects would be subject to stricter oversight (1)
  • The Caisse de dépôt, Quebec’s pension fund, will be instructed to divest itself of pipeline companies and fossil fuel exploration and production (1)
  • Supports international greenhouse gas reduction targets and would promote “technological innovations to ensure their achievement” (1)
  • Wants to implement an ambitious program that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 95% in the next 30 years (1)
  • Will improve waste management, including prohibiting the use of certain toxic products, and institute a “polluter pays” policy when it comes to waste (1)

Sovereignty

  • Couillard is a well-known ardent federalist. He has expressed his desire to have Quebec sign the constitution, outlined in a 200-page document called “Quebecers: Our Way of Being Canadians” (1)
  • While the party remains committed to Quebec independence, Lisée has promised not to hold a referendum on sovereignty in the first mandate of a PQ government. The earliest that one would be held, he says, is 2022 (1)
  • Calls itself nationalist. It wants more power for Quebec, but within Canada. Legault, a former PQ cabinet minister, has promised that a CAQ government will never hold a referendum on Quebec sovereignty (1)
  • Legault wants to seek additional powers for Quebec, including control over immigration, increased fiscal capacity, and a say in the nomination of Supreme Court justices. Some of these measures would require reopening the Constitution (1)
  • Advocates independence. A QS government would organize elections for a constituent assembly, which would draft a constitution for an independent Quebec. That constitution would be put to a referendum (1)

Immigration

  • Endorsed a plan that will see Quebec accept between 49,000 and 53,000 immigrants in 2018 (1)
  • Has promised to spend $25 million over the next four years to provide more French lessons for immigrants and help their integration into rural communities (1)
  • Believes 50,000 immigrants is too much for Quebec to accept each year. Lisée has suggested 35,000 to 40,000 (19)
  • Would ensure that 25% of newcomers settle in rural communities (1)
  • Wants immigrants to have sufficient knowledge of French and of Quebec values before arriving in the province. It is not clear if this would involve additional testing (1)
  • Wants to cut immigration quota to 40,000, down nearly a quarter from 52,388 in 2017 (19)
  • Wants to test immigrants for French language and adherence to Quebec values after three years and then expel those who don’t pass. The province does not have this power (19)
  • Will create a network of resource centres for immigrants, which would provide information about jobs, supply French lessons, and more (1)
  • Will streamline the recognition of foreign credentials (1)
  • In its first year in power, will reduce the number of immigrants by 20% (15)
  • Will create a network of resource centres for immigrants, in order to provide easier access to information about jobs and French lessons, among other things (1)
  • Promises to streamline the recognition of foreign credentials (1)

Healthcare

  • The Couillard government passed two major healthcare reform bills aimed at centralizing administration and boosting the number of people with a family doctor (1)
  • As part of the reforms 1,400 healthcare managers were laid off. Between 2013 and 2017, percentage of Quebecers with a family doctor rose from 65% to 75% (1)
  • Will reopen a recently signed agreement with the province’s medical specialists, with the goal of cutting specialists’ pay (1)
  • Will resume paying for the first round of IVF treatments that was halted under the Liberals, estimated at $31 million (17)
  • Favours decentralizing healthcare administration and allowing the private sector to supply more services, while maintaining a universal free public healthcare system (1)
  • Will renegotiate with Quebec’s medical specialists in order to cut their compensation by an average of $80,000 per year. Legault believes the specialists will be open to striking a new deal (1)
  • Will overhaul the province’s long-term–care system (CHSLDs) with a new network of smaller, more “humane” homes at an initial cost of $1 billion (1)
  • Proposes a series of measures to reduce how much doctors are paid. Along with revisiting the medical specialists deal, they want to prevent doctors from incorporating, and limit fee-for-service billing (1)
  • Maintains that the vast majority of family medicine groups (GMFs) are for-profit enterprises. QS wants to force them to register as non-profits to receive public funds (1)

Identity, Diversity, and Secularism

  • Passed a religious neutrality law last year (Bill 62). The law requires, among other things, that people show their faces when giving or receiving public services. This provision has been suspended pending a court decision on the law’s constitutionality (1)
  • Believes local police forces should decide whether women officers can wear the hijab (1)
  • Believes judges, prosecutors, prison guards, and police officers should not be allowed to display religious symbols, including wearing a hijab. It wants the same prohibition to apply to all newly hired preschool, elementary, and high school teachers (1)
  • Opposes the wearing of religious symbols, including the hijab, by police officers and others with state power. The party would also ban school teachers from wearing religious symbols (1)
  • Would pass a “Secularism Charter” to reduce the scope of religious accommodations available to civil servants (1)
  • Opposes the wearing of religious symbols, including the hijab, by police officers and others with state power (1)
  • Believes people should be able to wear religious symbols and still access public services (1)

Infrastructure & Transportation

  • In favour of publicly financing part of the Expos stadium in Montreal (21)
  • Will make public transport free for full time students and the elderly. Esimated a $200 million per year (22)
  • Will study the possibility of extending the metro of Montreal to Mirabel if the caisse de depots says it could be profitable (22)
  • In favour of publicly financing part of the Expos stadium in Montreal (21)
  • In favour of publicly financing part of the Expos stadium in Montreal (21)
  • Will invest $10 billion in their first mandate and $25 billion by 2030 on public transport, which will include a new transit line and 38 new metro stations (18)
  • Will make bus and metro prices lower by 50% for everyone (22)
  • Believes the Expos stadium should be constructed without public funds (21)

Miscelaneous

  • Not in favour of proportional representation saying it would reduce regional representation (20)
  • In favour of a more proportional electoral system (20)
  • Will impliment a tax on corporations who’s 5 top payed employees earn more than 30 times the average salary at the company. 10% tax after in the 3rd year of their first mandate and 25% in the fourth year (21)
  • In favour of a more proportional electoral system and promises to impliment one as soon as possible (20)
  • In favour of a more proportional electoral system (20)
  • Will do a trial guaranteed basic income project (23)
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