Early childhood, health system, shortage of workers and the alcohol market, are the main themes on the political menu, on this 7th day of the electoral campaign.
The Parti Québécois (PQ) and Québec solidaire (QS) have committed to new reforms that would apply to daycare centers and early childhood centers (CPE) in the province.
The outgoing Prime Minister and the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) presented measures providing for the creation of private medical centres. The Liberals have been busy offering “real” solutions to the labor shortage.
Finally, the Conservatives have expressed their intention to end the monopoly of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).
Extend and redesign the CPE formula
With “objective 100% CPE” as a slogan, the leader of the Parti Québécois did not take detours to express his position on childcare services. Paul St-Pierre Plamondon and the PQ intend to set up a network made up exclusively of CPEs.
In practice, this would mean that all new daycare places would be created as CPEs and that all private daycare places would be gradually converted. The cost of the maneuver is estimated at $543 million and would add 135,000 places to the CPE network.
In the Québec solidaire camp, with the slogan “one child, one place”, we are talking about investments amounting to $613 million, intended for the creation of a new model of micro-CPE.
The measure would aim to fill the gaps, in particular in situations where the number of children would not justify the creation of regular CPEs.
“These will be nurseries with 8 to 20 places that can be set up in existing premises, for example those of a municipality or a company. The micro-CPEs will offer a more rewarding and stimulating work environment for educators than a family environment,” explained Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, insisting that this model would be particularly useful in the regions.
The private to the rescue of the public
François Legault focused his attention on the health system, presenting reforms that could see the light of day if the caquistes won on October 3.
The CAQ is counting on the creation of private medical centers, to give a little oxygen to hospitals and “complete the offer of services already existing”, in terms of health.
“They will fill the need for an intermediate service between a family medicine group (GMF) and the hospital for patients who need care, but who do not necessarily have to go to the emergency room”, detailed the Coalition avenir québec, by press release.
The care promulgated in these centers would remain free and reimbursed by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), indicates the party of the outgoing Prime Minister.
The CAQ plans to build two private medical centers, one in East Montreal and one in Quebec City, to open in 2025.
The announcement of these measures caused the leader of the solidarity group to react, who hastened to comment on François Legault’s declaration: “François Legault fell in love with the private sector and in this case, love makes him blind. . If the private sector worked in health, we would know, there have never been so many. The proof, do private placement agencies work? No. Private CHSLDs? No,” he argued.
“Real solutions for the labor shortage”
The leader of the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), who had declared on the first day of the campaign that the economy would be the question of the ballot box, looked into the question of the labor shortage to which many entrepreneurs face.
Visiting a factory in Senneterre in Abitibi, Dominique Anglade proposed two measures aimed at “offering financial incentives to experienced workers”.
The Liberals are therefore proposing to increase the basic tax exemption for workers aged 65 and over (from $15,000 to $30,000) and to end contributions to the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) for workers aged 62. and more.
“While François Legault puts his head in the sand and denies the issue of the labor shortage, we, in the Quebec Liberal Party, are finding real solutions. With 271,000 vacant positions currently, the entire economy of Quebec is being held back by the inaction of the CAQ,” declared the leader of the Liberals.
Ending the SAQ’s monopoly
From a vineyard in Saint-Anne-de-la-Pérade, the head of the curators Eric Duhaime has meanwhile attacked the “overregulation of alcohol in Quebec”.
He announced his intention to put an end to the monopoly of the SAQ, if the power returned to him. The author of the book “The SAQ pushes the plug” explained during a press briefing that he wanted to establish more freedom in the sale of alcoholic products in Quebec.
This would include the creation of a commission bringing together industry players and consumer representatives, as of October 4 if the Conservative Party of Quebec emerges victorious.
“We are not against the SAQ, which offers a service to all Quebecers, but we believe that we must go even further and allow more offers for all Quebec customers, especially for local products”, he commented.