Bill 96: Quebec Liberal youth wing calls for end to CEGEP requirement

“Real issues, real solutions” will be the new slogan of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) for the October 3 election.

The slogan was announced on Saturday by party leader Dominique Anglade during her opening speech at the 40th PLQ youth congress.

“Real issues, real solutions” will be the new slogan of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) for the October 3 election.

The slogan was announced on Saturday by party leader Dominique Anglade during her opening speech at the 40th PLQ youth congress.

The wing took the opportunity to adopt a series of resolutions, including one calling on the party to “reconsider the obligation imposed in Bill 96 on non-French-speaking students in English-speaking CEGEPs to take three courses in French”.

They also want the expansion of Dawson College in Montreal to be put back on track.

FOCUS ON HOUSING, HEALTH CARE

Anglade focused on cost of living issues.

“Over the past four years, a lot has changed, inflation has gone from 2% to 8%, house prices have gone up 20%, [and] the grocery bill went up 10%,” she said.

The Liberal platform, made public in June, proposes, among other things, lowering taxes for the middle class, eliminating the welcome tax for first-time buyers and converting all non-subsidized daycare centers into subsidized daycare centers so that everyone has access to places at $8.70 per day.

The Liberals also promise to create 50,000 social housing units over 10 years, more than the 11,700 promised by Legault. On Friday, however, Legault said the Liberal government that preceded him left him with a shortfall of 15,000 social housing units. Asked about this, Anglade replied: “François Legault has been at the head of the government for four years”.

Anglade also pointed to the exhaustion of the health system, which has been undermined by years of the pandemic.

“Our health care system has never been worse,” she said, as the waiting list for a family doctor approaches one million.

His remarks were mainly addressed to the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) of François Legault, at the top of the polls.

“The CAQ likes to shovel clouds, sow division, invent crises, polarize minds, govern alone and above all not be accountable,” she said.

The Liberal leader affirmed that her government “will defend the rights and freedoms of all Quebecers” and that “diversity is a strength, not a weakness”, referring to the Legault government’s bills 21 on secularism and 96 on the French language.

She also promoted Project Eco, which aims to steer the province’s economy in a green direction.

For now, the Qc125 poll analyzer predicts that the CAQ will win about 96 seats if the trend continues, a more than comfortable majority. The PLQ is in second place with 18% of the voting intentions, but remains far behind the 43% of the CAQ.

YOUTH WING RESOLUTIONS

In addition to its resolutions regarding Bill 96 and Dawson College, the youth wing demanded that students be required to get involved in community organizations for a certain number of hours per year starting in 5th grade. year.

They also voted in favor of a resolution asking Quebec universities to give more weight to CVs, cover letters, interviews and references when admitting students.

The wing also wants its party to pledge to ban ads for SUVs and then all 100% gas-powered cars in the next few years.


This report from The Canadian Press was first published in French on August 13, 2022.

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