Quebec politics: the 12 events of 2019

Politique québécoise: les 12 événements les plus marquants de 2019

The member for Jean-Talon, Joëlle Boutin, has taken down a castle strong liberal during his election in December, to the delight of the leader of the Coalition avenir Québec and the prime minister François Legault.

December 22, 2019 10: 08

Updated at 22h06


Quebec politics: the 12 events of 2019


The Canadian Press


Cannabis, secularism, taxis, nursery 4 years through immigration, the CAQ’s François Legault, who hosted in December a 76th mp in its ranks, has also had to deal with the re-election this fall of the federal liberal Justin Trudeau. Overview of the year in 12 highlights.


First official visit of Mr. Legault in France: the relationship between France and Québec is taking a focus more on economic than political. The prime minister wants to double the value of exports to france, making France a stepping-stone to other european markets. His minister of international Relations, Nadine Girault, will confirm later in his new international policy and his determination to give absolute priority to the economy in Québec’s relations with foreign countries.


The study of the draft law raising the legal drinking age to 21 years of age to purchase and consume cannabis is not smooth; the deputy minister of Health and social Services, Lionel Carmant, must defend himself to send the young people into the arms of organized crime. The minister also worth to explain how it will enforce the prohibition against eating on public roads. In the end, the CAQ uses its majority to pass the bill. Quebec thus becomes the province of the most restrictive in terms of cannabis.


On 20 march, the minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, raises the ire of taxi drivers in filing a bill that dérèglemente the industry of transportation of persons. He announces in the same breath that he will indemnify the holders of taxi permits whose value has dropped since the arrival of Uber and other technology applications. Many events are organized in Quebec city and Montreal to decry this bill, which will eventually be adopted a few months later in turmoil.

Politique québécoise: les 12 événements les plus marquants de 2019

The minister of public Safety Geneviève Guilbault had to respond to the critics of the victims of the flooding in April.

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Floods affect 250 municipalities and forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. If the minister of public Safety, Genevieve Guilbault, boasts a program of financial assistance streamlined, more victims denounce delays. Flooded due to the bursting of a dike, the residents of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac are particularly affected. The government redraws the map of flood-prone areas, but grants a special status to Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac to foster the reintegration of citizens, who can rebuild their houses.


Accused of having no plan in environment, the CAQ held a general council, special to Montreal, in which Mr. Legault announces to electrify transport, buildings, and businesses in order to reduce 40% of oil consumption in Quebec by 2030. The director and environmentalist Dominic Champagne, will participate in this event, having taken his membership card of the CAQ as a sign of good faith. Later, he describes the advantage of climatosceptique, scandalized by its inaction after a year in power.

Politique québécoise: les 12 événements les plus marquants de 2019

The director and environmentalist Dominic Champagne has taken part in the general council of the CAQ on the environment in may.

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The draft law on the secularity of the State and the reform in immigration are adopted under gag order, the government caquiste citing “the urgent need to act” in these two folders. It sows the seeds of turmoil by prohibiting the wearing of religious symbols for State employees in a position of authority, including teachers. It changes the process of selection of immigrants in order to better meet the needs of the workforce. This includes the elimination of 18 000 records of the application filed under the old system, based on the principle of first come, first served basis.


François Legault is at the heart of trade at the Council of the federation, Saskatoon. The law on secularity earned him a volley of green wood, the premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, who sees it as a “dangerous” discrimination. Mr. Legault stressed that there was no “social acceptability” for an oil pipeline in Quebec and ends up in a second rebuff of Ontario where it offers sell of hydropower. The chapter of immigration, he claims to have convinced his counterparts of the need to welcome more economic immigrants and fewer refugees.


A tax to be imposed to the giants of the Web is consensus amongst the thirty stakeholders to the parliamentary committee that examines the future of the media. Experts, university professors and business leaders of the press argue that the media see melt their advertising revenues to the benefit of the digital platforms (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft). The commission proposes measures to ensure the survival of the media, struggling with an unprecedented financial crisis. For Mr. Legault, the imposition of a tax to the american giants remains a scenario is highly hypothetical.


It’s time to return and elect to resume the study of the controversial bill 5, allowing for the deployment of kindergarten 4 years of age universal. François Legault is in; he put his seat in play on this issue during the election campaign. The three opposition parties, the pray instead of take a time out before implementing the classes of pre-kindergarten 4 years throughout Quebec. They are claiming in vain for a detailed plan and a cost analysis is thorough and transparent. The draft law will be finally adopted without their agreement on 5 November.


Mr. Legault suggests a certain astonishment in the aftermath of the re-election of the federal liberals Justin Trudeau. During the election campaign, it was out of the usual reservation of the first ministers to denounce the speech of Mr. Trudeau surrounding the quebec law on secularism. He had been urged to never challenge this law before the courts. This theme will be finally served to promote the campaign of the Bloc québécois, which was able to be reborn from its ashes, in which to elect 32 members.

Politique québécoise: les 12 événements les plus marquants de 2019

The minister of Immigration, Simon Jolin-Barrette, has plunged the government into its first crisis in November.

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The minister of Immigration, Simon Jolin-Barrette, plunges the government into its first crisis. His reform of the Program of the quebec experience (PEQ), which aims to reduce the number of students and employees that may be accepted in Quebec, in the full a shortage of labor, is very badly received. Foreign students, economic organizations, cegeps and universities are mobilizing and forcing the government to back down, so Mr. Jolin-Barrette is confused apologies and promises of better to consult. An opinion poll suggests that the CAQ has lost six percentage points since the spring.


The government caquiste finishes the year in style in the delightful castle liberal Jean-Talon in a by-election. Joëlle Boutin, a former chief of staff to Eric Cairo, harvesting 43% of the vote to become the 76th member caquiste to the national Assembly. While François Legault jubilee, the Quebec liberal Party and Québec solidaire, take the defeat and taking care of their wounds.

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