The housing crisis seems to have been the poor child of the leaders’ debate, presented on Radio-Canada on Thursday. The issue was discussed for nearly 2:30 minutes over two hours. By way of comparison, the third link was debated for more than 4:30 minutes, and the place of King Charles III, was discussed for 1:30 minute.
Only one question was asked regarding accommodation. It carried the proposals of the parties to facilitate the purchase of a property. Prime Minister François Legault was the first to respond.
In his opinion, we must create wealth, “as we did” during the last mandate, he boasted. “We have to create better paid jobs, that’s how we will reduce our wealth gap,” he says, comparing the financial situation of Quebec to that of Ontario.
His opponents have criticized him for avoiding the issue. François Legault “denied this problem for most of his term”, notably criticized the head of Quebec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. His party proposes instead to build a greater number of social and affordable housing units, and to implement measures to fight against overbidding in real estate.
The Liberals are proposing to raise the ceiling for the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) from $35,000 to $50,000. If it comes to power, the party also wants to eliminate the welcome tax. The cities would be compensated: an envelope of $350 million would be set aside for this.
The Conservatives also want to abolish this tax. The Parti Québécois, meanwhile, wants to offer a tax credit to first-time buyers.
Due to a question posed by Leaders’ Debate host Patrice Roy, royalty took up more than half of the housing time. On this subject, Dominique Anglade, François Legault and Éric Duhaime agreed: the stakes are higher than getting rid of the monarchy in Quebec.
The two sovereignist leaders, Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, however, took the bait. According to QS, the monarchy is “the business of another era”. If elected, Mr. St-Pierre-Plamondon assured that he would not take an oath to the new king.