In the main hall of the parliament, the deputy prime minister and minister responsible for the region of Capitale-Nationale, Geneviève Guilbault, was surrounded by his eight colleagues elected from Portneuf to Charlevoix. Including the last in the series, Joëlle Boutin, victorious in the electoral district of Jean-Talon, there are less than two weeks.
December 13, 2019 20h39
Balance sheet of the CAQ: the region of Québec “spoiled”
With 9 mps out of 11, the Québec region has spoiled the CAQ. And in return, the CAQ has spoiled the Quebec city region, says the regional caucuses led by the deputy prime minister, Genevieve Guilbault, in its balance sheet as of the end of the year. The opposition denounces for his part in the “blowing-strapless […] a little disconnected.”
80 %. This is the figure to remember their first 14 months in power, according to mps of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) from the region of the Capitale-Nationale region.
“Based on the commitments that they had taken in the election campaign for the National Capital, it was 80 % of our commitments which are being made or are already made. It’s a statistic that speaks for itself,” said Ms. Guilbault, during the press briefing held on Friday.
In the main hall of a parliament increasingly deserted in view of the Holiday season, Ms. Guilbault was surrounded by his eight colleagues elected from Portneuf to Charlevoix. Including the last in the series, Joëlle Boutin, victorious in the electoral district of Jean-Talon, there are less than two weeks.
Through the dozens of projects listed, and especially their cost in millions of dollars for the government, such as those related to transportation have yet received attention. Future third road link under the river, future tram, replacement of the bridge of the island of Orleans. However, it has not been a question of the painting of the Quebec bridge or the port.
“Before the end of the mandate”
“The third link, it is a promise flagship. There will be a third link. It is a promise which is crucial for the Coalition avenir Quebec to begin work before the end of the mandate,” said The member for la Peltrie and minister, Eric Cairo.
“Already, the drilling has started in the month of October to do the testing of soils. The project has been progressing well. We reduced it to two paths : a path focusing on the tip of the island [of Orleans], another which connects center to center Québec and Lévis, which will be studied very seriously, for which there will be announcements. And, I repeat, I repeat, we will start the work of the third link before the end of the mandate”, says Mr. Cairo.
The federal government, Justin Trudeau has still not given its approval to the project, and even less lengthened his share of the money needed. “The federal government is waiting to see our project, among others the financial aspect, and we will be able to submit a project very soon,” attests Mrs. Guilbault, the minister responsible for the area.
His colleague from Charlesbourg and also the minister, Jonathan Julien, praised the constancy and the “predictability” of disbursements-government of the CAQ for municipalities.
Even if the region of the Capitale-Nationale region covers the North Shore, Ms. Guilbault was keen to stress the importance of the South Shore and especially Levis, “left to account for several years by the previous governments”. The seven members of the Chaudière-Appalaches are caquistes.
And social housing?
One of the two elected members of Québec solidaire in Quebec, drilled in the central districts which deprives the CAQ of the regional monopoly, Sol Zanetti believes that this “blowing-straps” of the CAQ proves to be “a little disconnected” from the reality.
“The biggest problems were not attacked. As social housing! Quebec saw the biggest crisis of homelessness in its history and the CAQ gives himself pats on the back. It is mind-blowing!”, denounced the member of parliament for the riding of Jean-Lesage, who points to the public transit and air quality as other flaws in the armor regional the CAQ.
If QS is displayed against the third link, the liberal Party of Quebec points out that “we still don’t know the costs attached to it, the plot, and the timeline. The role of the minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region is to inform the citizens on this important project. It should require that all of the information to be transmitted and to request that the director of the project office can be heard”.
RACE BETWEEN GREEN PAPER AND BABY
In addition to being vice-first minister and minister responsible for the region of Capitale-Nationale, Geneviève Guilbault is especially the minister of public Safety. Ms. Guilbault was announced for December the submission of a green paper on the modernisation of policing in Quebec, that is to say a document that expanded on the findings and solution paths to follow for a reform. Less than two weeks to Christmas, the green paper still has to wait. “Yes, [the green paper will be filed] in 2019, ideally, before the birth of my child”, reiterates it, implying that the baby is born, if it occurs earlier than expected, will push back the deadline. Olivier Bossé
BOUTIN SWORN IN WEDNESDAY
The winner of the recent by-election in the riding of Jean-Talon, at Quebec, will be sworn in as a member of the national Assembly of Quebec on Wednesday, in the afternoon. Representative of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), a party in power, Joëlle Boutin fills the place left vacant by the liberal Sébastien Proulx, who resigned in August. It becomes the 55th woman member of provincial parliament at Quebec, 125 (44 %) and 30th among the 76 elected (39 %) of the CAQ. Boutin will make its debut at the blue Room at the resumption of parliament on 4 February. She has won with 43% of the vote and 4208 votes ahead in a county that had never been other than liberal in its 53 years of existence. Olivier Bossé
CAIRO SEES DELTELL HEAD OF THE PCC
The resignation of Andrew Scheer for the position of leader of the conservative Party of Canada, on Thursday, launched the speculation about his possible successor. List that is part of the federal mp for Louis-Saint-Laurent, Québec, Gérard Deltell. Mr. Deltell has been member of provincial parliament for six and a half years and last leader of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ), before joining the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ). The current member of parliament for the CAQ in La Peltrie and minister, Eric Cairo, was in close touch with Mr. Deltell. “Yes, that would be a good candidate. Is it that he is interested to be? This is another question. Gérard Deltell is someone that I appreciate a lot as an individual. He has demonstrated his dedication, his ability to do his job, to represent his fellow citizens,” said Mr. Cairo. Olivier Bossé