Day 28 : September 19, 2018

On the eve of the third, and final, debate amongst party leader that will take place on the airwaves of TVA, Jean-François Lisée and François Legault did not make any public appearances, instead leaving room for their candidates to do so. According to the statistical model of Qc125’s electoral projection based on yesterday’s survey, the next Quebec government will be a minority CAQ government. The projected distribution of seats would be the following: 51 for the CAQ, 47 for the QLP, 21 for the PQ and 6 for QS.

Philippe Couillard, while visiting Abitibi-Témiscamingue, again promised to address the labour shortage problem. He mentioned that it is necessary to seek more workers amongst the First Nations, without providing any more information. The current Minister François Blais announced that the Quebec Liberal Party would invest $5 million in the former site of the Quebec zoological garden to turn it into a 100 per cent accessible green space. The construction would be completed “within one year” and the renovated site would be free to the public.

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The deputy party leader Véronique Hivon announced that a Parti Québécois government would invest $2.3 billion in renovating dilapidated schools and improving the quality of student services. The PQ would also address job insecurity for teachers, by adopting a “guaranteed threshold of professional services” in each school board.

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Eight candidates, including Sonia Lebel, Ian Lafrenière, Marguerite Blais, Danielle McCaan and Lionel Carmant, made a public announcement reiterating their party’s commitment to ban cannabis consumption in public spaces and establish a minimum age for possession of 21 years old. They also used the occasion to defend their leader, François Legault: “He is certainly the premier that we will have on October 1st and he is an extremely competent man,” according to Ms. McCaan.

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While in Sherbrooke, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois met with students from the University of Sherbrooke to “get out the youth vote.” For the first time in the history of Québec solidaire, the party’s co-spokesperson, Manon Massé, spoke in front of 200 guests of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. She provided more information on her party’s proposal to cease payments to the generations fund, insisting that it is more important to be concerned about the environmental debt.

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