The Bloc Québécois in favor of the green equation

(Saint-Hyacinthe) Bloc Québécois calls for a special tax on big wealth and green equality to reward provinces that are actively fighting against climate change.

Patrice Bergeron
Canadian Press

Those suggestions appear in the bloc’s election platform, which was unveiled Sunday in San Hyacent.

Cluster members gathered at a public council in San Hyacente to unveil this program that was adopted “almost unanimously,” which was then corrected for “unanimous,” due to confusion in online voting.

“Public finances recorded huge deficits during the pandemic, and the rich are getting richer,” we can read in the bloc’s document calling for a “special surcharge” on large wealth.

green equation

In addition, it would require the introduction of a green equation, which would be in favor of Quebec – and the mass does not hide it. This parity system would include the polluter pays principle and would reward the counties that fight the most against climate change.

“So the provinces that pollute the most are paying because they lack the will to do more in the fight against climate change, so Quebec, which does a lot of it and has already started to switch to greener energies, is getting its fair share,” said Hochelaga bloc candidate Simon Marchand. “.

The bloc wants the federal government to negotiate an exemption with the United States to allow Quebec companies specializing in the green economy to take advantage of business opportunities offered by President Joe Biden’s stimulus plan.

Among the many other new items on the platform are pandemic exit items. The bloc is calling for the Canada Economic Stimulus Benefit (PCRE) to be suspended, as well as measures to encourage the return of seniors to work who wish to do so, so that they are not penalized from a tax standpoint.

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The bloc is also calling for an increase in private employment insurance benefits up to 50 weeks for patients.

Quebec picture

Mr Blanchett’s party will also launch a campaign to promote Quebec’s image to the world as well as diplomatic efforts.

In particular, it demands that the federal government stop funding legal challenges to Quebec laws, such as the Secular State Act.

One activist lamented the absence of a section on the sovereignty of Quebec.

“It’s a good, good career in Ottawa, but it’s not the foundation of our party,” he said.

“Every point [du programme] It is a good reason to achieve independence,” responded the campaign chairman and deputy Berthier McKinnonje, Yves Peron.

To dispel the ambiguity, the block leader made his point during his last speech.

“Every time the Quebec bloc continues to strengthen the National Assembly of Quebec, it will help advance the idea of ​​Quebec independence. Without the idea of ​​Quebec independence, like many of you, I wouldn’t be here.”

Cluster in “better shape than ever”

Yves-François Blanchett suggested the bloc is “in a better position than ever to protect the Kiepers from the Liberal majority” in the House of Commons in a September 20 poll.

In his lengthy speech which notably addressed the actions of the bloc, Mr. Blanchett did not explicitly mention the sovereign doctrine of his formation.

Photo by Graham Higgs, The Canadian Press

At most, he suggested, Quebec would “soon” have “all the tools”. On Saturday in front of young activists in his constituency, he was nonetheless more eloquent in the bloc’s independence career.

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The leader spoke silently about the bloc’s disaster in 2015 that led to the arrival of his predecessor Martin Ollet, internal quarrels and the near-disappearance of the party.

We had our moments, but now I think Quebec has really come to terms with the block. […] This humility that helped reconciliation must continue. We must win every vote. Kickers do not have to vote for the block. We have to give them a taste of it.

Yves Francois Blanchett, leader of the Quebecoa bloc

“Not our record”

Throughout the first week of the campaign, the Liberals and the Bloc wrangling over the authorship of achievements in Quebec for the 22 months of the last period.

On Sunday, Mr Blanchett hit back at the outgoing government’s elected officials, accusing him of taking over their balance sheet.

“The partisan appointment of judges is not our record, contracts for friends who give contracts to the family of the prime minister, it’s not our record, the three investigations of the Ethics Commissioner, this is not our record, the appointment of the governor-general, who does not speak a word of French..that is not our record,” he said in a long list.

Mr Blanchett is counting on another minority government, so that the bloc’s members will have the balance of power the day after September 20.

Public opinion poll

Moreover, the bloc is not at all worried about a slight improvement by the country’s conservatives as indicated by opinion polls.

This is what the head of the campaign group, Yves Peronne, a Berthier Makinongi member said.

The bloc’s members met Sunday at a public council in San Hyacente to adopt their platform. This led to a rare spectacle from the start of the pandemic: a large political gathering with activists and candidates immediately, but strictly according to current health rules.

Mr Perron was commenting on the latest data from the poll aggregator, National Newswatch.

The Conservatives would have gained half a percentage point, to 30.1%, while the Liberals would have lost twenty percent, to 34.2%. The mass will be practically stagnant nationwide, at 6.2%.

On Saturday, polling station Equos put the Conservatives ahead, 1.5 percentage points behind the Liberals. The poll’s error rate was 2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

In Quebec, the Liberals have a five-point lead on the block, according to Equus. The National Party has a two-point priority over the Conservatives in third place.

Yves Peron said in a press release that the bloc’s candidates and activists on the ground are warmly welcomed.

“We will have more than 32 deputies,” he said in his speech to the bloc. The bloc aims to increase the number of its representatives from 32 to 40 in the September 20 elections.

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