François Legault and his Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) party will form the next majority government in Quebec. This is the CAQ’s first victory and a stunning defeat for the Quebec Liberals.
The party overtook the Liberals in the National Assembly by passing the 63 seats needed for a majority government.
The CAQ, which has positioned itself as centre-right on the political spectrum, is also the first new party to take power in the province since 1976.
Stemming from the 39-day election campaign, here is a quick recap of all the promises made by the now 32nd premier of Quebec, François Legault.
- Regulate school taxes across Quebec
- Export electricity to other provinces and the USA
- Develop new technology
- Supply high-speed Internet and improved mobile phone coverage to all regions
- Make pre-school free for 4-year-olds (not mandatory)
- Create service centres run by school directors, teachers and parents
- Closing of the traditional school boards
- Increase the time for elementary school recess periods (minimum two 20-minute periods a day)
- Increase high-school extracurricular activity options per day
- Lobby for every school to built an engineering/architecture competition
- Increase the number of student resources (speech therapists, psychologists, teachers)
- Guarantee every child has a family doctor
- Develop screening tests for children under 5 years old for developmental disorders
- Reconsider doctor’s income
- Increase the hours to non-appointment CLSC visits on weekends and evenings
- Make hospital parking lots free for guest’s first two hours (reduce to $7 -$10 a day)
- Increase the legal age of purchasing marijuana to 21
- Increase full-time nurse positions
- Increase meal budgets and mandatory bath times at seniors’ homes
- Put into action a new alert system to search for missing seniors
- Prohibit religious symbols for all persons in a position of authority
- Limit immigration, in part to protect French language.
- Enforce a French language and value test
- Reduce the number of immigrants by 20% a year, starting in 2019
- Lobby with Ottawa for full control of immigration
- Give Quebec full constitutional recognition as a nation
- Appoint a French language commissioner to receive language complaints
Transit and Environment
- Reduce greenhouse gas production in other areas by exporting environmentally friendly hydro energy
- Turn Quebec’s St. Lawrence Valley into a Silicon Valley of sorts, for innovation
- Set aside $10 billion to alleviate congestion (by 2030)
- Commence a tramway project in the eastend of Montreal and the South Shore
- Extend Montreal’s REM light-rail train to Laval and Chambly
- Consider running Pink Line above-ground