“Things must change in Quebec”, declares Legault before the inaugural speech


One year away from its mandate, the Legault government is looking for a way towards the 2022 elections. Quebeckers will have an idea of ​​the plan in the Prime Minister’s inaugural speech on Tuesday.

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QUEBEC – They are used by politicians to give a new shine to a government which is approaching the end of its mandate.

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With Quebec now officially entering an election year, Premier François Legault is preparing to deliver a new inaugural message to the National Assembly on Tuesday, which he hopes will mark a new start for his government.

And after nearly two years of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic more or less full-time, the speech should focus heavily on the road ahead – as Legault sees it.

The next general election in Quebec will take place on October 3, 2022.

Few leaks have been disclosed of what Legault will say specifically – the speech is at 2 p.m. and will last about an hour – but he has been advertising it for days. On Monday, he posted a new video on his Twitter account indicating that he wanted to sell the renewal.

“Things must change in Quebec,” says Legault. “We cannot continue as before (the pandemic). It’s time to look to the future.

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In the video, which features the prime minister in shirt sleeves behind his laptop and mingling with ordinary people, Legault describes four main issues – some of which, if left unchecked, could haunt the government later.

Legault mentions health, saying the pandemic has revealed “major malfunctions” within the system that need to be corrected.

He says people have told him they are worried about the future of Quebec’s youth, which means Legault will likely dwell at length on improving Quebec’s struggling daycare system, which cannot respond to the request.

As for the economy, Legault says he wants Quebec to be more autonomous, capable of “manufacturing, cultivating, building, innovating and creating here in Quebec”.

He says he wants to preserve “the pride and national cohesion of Quebec”, which means protecting its language, culture and values.

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“Pride is our engine,” he says. “It will push us to always go further as a nation. “

Legault warns that more changes are coming.

“We are going to finish fulfilling our commitments,” he said. “We will also launch other plans to reshuffle Quebec.”

Legault began publicizing the speech, his second since the 2018 general election which saw the Coalition Avenir Quebec take power, over the weekend following his decision to prorogue or discontinue the first. session of the 42nd Quebec legislature earlier this month.

In a post on his Facebook page, Legault said he wanted to talk about the post-pandemic period now that people are starting to have hope again.

“Even though there are still clouds above our heads (in the form of a fourth wave of the pandemic), the skies are starting to open,” he said. “We must not claim victory too soon. The virus is still there and people are still landing in the hospital. But I am convinced that the worst is behind us.

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Starting a new session is useful for Legault. All bills that remained on the Order Paper from the previous session automatically die, which allows him to select which ones he wishes to bring back and pass.

This will certainly include Bill 96, overhauling the Charter of the French language. It will come back, but with a new number and probably some amendments. Hearings on the bill concluded on October 7, which means the bill is ready for the next steps towards passage.

On Monday, the Quebec Community Groups Network again urged the government to withdraw the bill and start over.

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Bill 39, reforming the electoral system, should remain dormant. Legault said his government did not have time to move forward with the bill.

The three opposition parties described Legault’s speech as little more than a public relations exercise. They will all have the opportunity to comment on the speech from Wednesday.

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