Day 30: September 21, 2018

The day after the third and final party leaders debate, the leaders of the four principal parties participated in the taping of the show Tout le monde en parle, which will be aired this Sunday on the airwaves of Radio-Canada. Philippe Couillard also visited the set of this show during the 2014 electoral campaign.

10 days from the election, Philippe Couillard and Isabelle Melançon, the current minister of the Environment, Sustainable Development and the Fight against Climate Change, made their first commitments regarding the environment. The QLP intends to invest $45 billion over five years in a series of measures including: a ban on plastic straws in bars and restaurants, the modernization of sorting centres and collection practices in order to recycle plastic number 6, and the creation of a chief inspector of the environment and a “green squad” of 300 researchers tasked with shedding light on the problem of contaminated soils. Mr. Couillard’s declaration that a family of four people can feed themselves on $75 a week was repeated by the renowned British TV channel, BBC.

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If in power, Jean-François Lisée intends to “bring the Quebec government apparatus into the 21st century by ending faxes, duplication and paperwork, without forgetting reducing unreasonable delays.” Believing that governmental “red tape” costs up to $8 billion annually for Quebec businesses, he intends to “implement ‘simplification squads’ that would go into the field in order to identify the irritants of citizens, entrepreneurs, and farmers when dealing with the government.” The estimated cost of this measure is evaluated at $1 million. Mr. Lisée committed to reforming the voting system that would make it possible for sovereignist forces to combine their strength instead of interfering with each other.

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Once again interviewed by journalists on the question of immigration, François Legault referred them to the federal government. However, he declared that the “only power of the government of Quebec is to issue the selection certificate or not.” He promised to do everything possible to avoid expulsions. Making a stop at his party headquarters, Mr. Legault declared that he would try to visit as many of the 125 ridings as possible in the remaining days.

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While in Montreal in the riding of Laurier-Dorion, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois revealed his party’s plan to better integrate new immigrants. This plan proposes to accelerate the hiring pace to increase the rate of employees who are visible minorities to 13% and to create a one-stop shop for francization, job searches and financial support. He affirmed that since the 2000s, the succession of Liberal governments had misappropriated federal funds to be spent on the integration of new immigrants. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois declared that QS “wants to see a line in the review of credits or in the budget that indicates that this money had been well used.” Gaétan Châteauneuf, the leader of the political party according to the register of political parties, affirmed that his role “is purely administrative.”

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