Diane Lamarre, Member of Parliament for Taillon, Bernard Drainville, Member of Parliament for Marie-Victorin and Martine Ouellet, Member of Parliament for Vachon, gave an overview of the parliamentary session in which the official opposition was constructive and effective in serving citizens and The interests of Quebec.
“Contact with citizens is what inspires us, which gives meaning to our commitment and motivates us to offer responsible, constructive and effective opposition. Several times, during the session, we reached out to the government and offered our cooperation, “said MEPs at the outset.
The impacts of liberal austerity
The member for Marie-Victorin, Bernard Drainville, recalled that the austerity of the Liberals is hurting the people of Longueuil, as much by increases in rates as by cuts to services to citizens. “One thinks of the abolition of staff at the Marie-Victorin School Board, whose abolition of more than 50 jobs will inevitably affect the quality of services to students. Place Rive-Sud, among other things, also has its budget cut, which forces the organization to reduce its staff and thus weakens the services offered to the integration of women in employment. ”
In addition, the Official Opposition critic for energy and natural resources also quotes Hydro Québec: “The Crown Corporation increases its tariffs by 2.9%, imposes a fee of 67M $ For meter reading, while smart meters no longer need it, and imposes an annual interest rate of 14.4% on Quebec families, many of them in Longueuil, who struggle to pay their bill of exchange, electricity. Meanwhile, the Crown corporation brings premiums back to Hydro Quebec executives and senior executives, pays a princely rent of $ 450,000 to its former executive, and allows itself to liquidate a new turbine from $ 80 million to $ 75,000 ! It does not make sense. The Liberals must stop charging Quebeckers for an ideological management of public finances. ”
Health and accessibility to care
The Member of Parliament for Taillon, Diane Lamarre, was particularly interested in health and accessibility issues in her report on the parliamentary session. “In health, Minister Barrette demonstrates how remote he is from the real concerns of Quebeckers, their despair at the difficulties of access to the health system. We denounced his decision to award $ 210 million to 9,000 specialist physicians, while he only booked $ 208 million for the entire responsible health network for 8 million Quebecers. We have highlighted the maintenance of the physician premium for the simple registration of a patient when the minister declared it indecent last fall. When I looked at the estimates, I denounced the rent increases that the minister wanted to bring to the residents of the CHSLDs. He had to step back and I am proud to have been able to avoid those increases that exceeded the indexation for those accommodated. He agreed with our recommendations on the limitation of assisted human reproduction that he wanted to impose, “said Diane Lamarre.
“We acted with rigor and vigilance. It is not because the minister speaks loudly that he is right. I defend the interests of Quebeckers and my fellow citizens of Taillon vigorously. Since the arrival of the Liberal government, there has been no improvement in access to health care and the minister is asking us to wait another two and a half years. If the waiting time at the Hôpital Pierre-Boucher emergency room went from 22:24 to 24h06 in the last year, it was because the Liberal government did not increase access to the first line and the support home. This government exercises a selective austerity that particularly attacks health and education achievements. We will continue to be vigilant and propose changes so that Quebeckers can have better access to our health network,
Transport, electrification of transport and maritime strategy
“It is distressing to see the Couillard government’s flattering attitude toward Ottawa. Whether it is the unilateral decision of the Harper government to impose a toll on the Champlain Bridge or the maritime strategy that will remain incomplete without an agreement with the federal government, it should come as no surprise that the Liberal government does not Quebec because it does not ask for anything, “said Martine Ouellet. She also denounced this situation on several occasions during the parliamentary session and stressed that “when Quebec is an independent country, all the decisions concerning it will be taken by elected representatives of Quebec”.
Martine Ouellet has also defended taxi drivers who are victims of UberX’s unfair competition and demanded that the Liberal government take action to stop this illegal practice. “Unfortunately, Poéti’s inaction weakens the financial security of thousands of families. The government has also been lax in approving the significant increase in the cost of crossing the highway PPP bridge to the detriment of less fortunate users, “said Vachon.
“This parliamentary session demonstrated that the Parti Québécois is the only possible and plausible alternative to the current government. We have proposed bills that are tied to the concerns of citizens: the bill on the creation of a Parliamentary Budget Officer position, and I tabled the “zero emission” bill for the availability of electric cars in Quebec. Stressed Martine Ouellet.
Martine Ouellet also has at its annual tour on water conservation in schools, met with students from 5 th year of the School of Iberville, and home of citizens is always open for exhibitions, including On the history of the flag of Quebec during the month of January and subsequently the circle of painters embellished the walls of the house of paintings of 13 artists.
MEPs recalled that the population can count on the Parti Québécois team “for austerity to give way to ambition, success and hope”.
Happy National day !
The three MEPs, in closing, thanked their fellow citizens for their confidence and support. They also took the opportunity to wish a very beautiful National Holiday to all Quebeckers.
Political Attaché of Diane Lamarre
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Attaché of Bernard Drainville
Political Attaché of Martine Ouellet