Day 33: September 24, 2018

The CAQ leader, François Legault, revealed his financial assets, which brought Philippe Couillard, Jean-François Lisée and Manon Massé to do the same. Their assets vary from $41,000 to $9.8 million.

While in Montreal, Philippe Couillard declared that if his party is once again elected, he would not reform the voting system, unlike the three other political parties. He stated that “it takes at least an unanimous vote at the national assembly.” Mr. Couillard indicated that his opposition to this change was in the name of the regions. Accompanied by the outgoing minister Dominique Anglade, Mr. Couillard announced that a Liberal government would invest an additional $80 million to the $100 million announced last year for artificial intelligence. Under his government, the amount of the homebuyer’s plan (Régime d’accès à la propriété) would be doubled from $25,000 to $50,000.

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In Montreal, Jean-François Lisée revealed his strategy “to ensure the government’s benevolence towards the children of Quebec.” A PQ government would adopt a law to protect the budgets of education, youth protection and the family, and would also name a minister responsible for the youth. He declared that, “Liberal austerity led to a reduction of the budgets for youth protection and youth centres,” and that a, “Parti Québécois government would bring youth and education back up to the rank of permanent national priorities.”

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François Legault began a tour of different Quebec regions to ask voters to vote for his political party, stating that Quebec needs a ‘government of the regions.’ During a press conference in Mont-Laurier, he declared that if his party formed a minority government next October 1st, he would not call a general election after 18 months like the former PQ Premier Pauline Marois. Mr. Legault wants environmental evaluations of mining projects to be completed more rapidly to increase the competitiveness of Quebec, and also wants the rules for wetland protection to be relaxed.

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Manon Massé met with the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, and promised to allocate $1.8 billion in housing to Montreal. Accompanied by Vincent Marissal, the QS candidate in the Rosemont riding, she announced that a QS government would want dental hygienists to be able to practise without the supervision of a dentist and do prevention work. Ms. Massé indicated that she did not have the intention to respond to her adversary, Jean-François Lisée, stating “The population hates that. That is not politics.”

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