Day 27 : September 18, 2018

The day after the English party leader debate, where immigration sparked lively debate, François Legault continued to be followed by this subject. Following a question from a journalist, he was not able to identify which of the provinces is the only bilingual province in Canada. Mr. Legault adopted a more vindictive tone regarding the current premier and strongly criticized his track record of the last four years. According to the latest survey by Léger, the CAQ and the QLP are head to head with 31 per cent and 30 per cent of voter intentions respectively. These numbers represent a loss of 4 per cent for the CAQ, while the QLP gained 1 per cent. The percentage of voters intending to vote for the PQ has not changed, while QS has gained 3 per cent.

Philippe Couillard was the guest of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal where he promised $350 million for the expansion of the Palais des congrès de Montréal where the event took place. In his speech, he referenced a new report published Monday by the Institut du Québec (IdQ), who concluded that the immigrant retention rate for immigrants over the past 10 years for immigrants who arrived in Quebec was 82 per cent in 2017, placing Quebec in 4th place amongst Canadian provinces. He declared: “So once again, a falsely negative portrait is projected.” He again attacked the CAQ by declaring that the “plan of the Coalition Avenir Québec for immigration is as bad as the Charter of Values of the Parti Québécois.”

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Jean-François Lisée promised, if elected, to increase the number of new spaces in the centres de la petite enfance (CPE) from 17,000 to 21,000. This promise would cost $470 million over four years. He also reiterated a measure announced last January, namely reestablishing a single rate for the CPE, which would be set at $8.05 per day, per child, and free for families whose income is less than $34,000 per year.

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François Legault confirmed that if he is elected, the widening of Highway 30 to three lanes would be prioritized. According to the leader of the CAQ, this road is critical for the region of Montérégie and the costs attached to this project would be $100 million. Later in the day, he announced that he wants to “try” to obtain tax points from Ottawa to resolve fiscal imbalance. “It is amongst the first steps […], the first requests that we will make [to Ottawa]”. The home of Chantal Rouleau, the candidate in Pointe-aux-Trembles, is under police surveillance as she indicated having received threats and been the victim of intimidation since the beginning of the electoral campaign.

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While in Trois-Rivières, Gabriel-Nadeau Dubois committed that the CLSC would be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, under a QS government and confirmed that this measure would cost $980 million.

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