State corporations: the PQ calls for a tariff freeze in 2022

State corporations: the PQ calls for a rate freeze in 2022

Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon

Hydro-Québec, Society of Outdoor Establishments of Quebec (SÉPAQ), Société des Alcools (SAQ): the Parti Québécois (PQ) invites the CAQ government to freeze the rates of all state-owned companies in 2022. This measure would help curb the impoverishment of families according to the PQ leader, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

“State corporations must not feed the inflationary spiral in the circumstances. The shortfall for middle-class families is such that some of them will not be able to make ends meet, which will have significant consequences,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

The latter estimates that in 2022, the average Quebec family will have between $2,500 and $3,000 less in their pockets just because of inflation, which is now over 5%.

“If François Legault had promised to put money back in the wallets of Quebecers, it’s more the opposite that is happening: the money of Quebecers is flying away,” he argues.

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Recall that according to the most recent Annual Food Price Report, the overall price of food is expected to increase by 5 to 7% in 2022. This represents a jump of $966 compared to the total annual cost observed in 2021.

The PQ leader notes that the proposal to freeze the rates of state corporations is in addition to a other recommendations made in the past by the PQ to counter inflation, including the plan to create a consumer protection office, which was presented in October.

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