Legault says he will promise more money to Quebecers during the election campaign

“The CAQ has always been the purse champion,” the premier said when asked about inflation.

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Premier Francois Legault said Friday he intends to promise Quebecers more money again during this fall’s election campaign.

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While he was in Estrie for a sports infrastructure announcement, the Premier was asked about inflation and, more specifically, about the spike in gas prices, which exceeded $2 a liter earlier in the year. daytime.

Legault responded by repeating that he had no intention of freezing rates or reducing the provincial gas tax, a move he said would be unfair and bad for the environment.

Then he recalled that his government had successively given $200 to people with an income of less than $50,000, $400 to people aged 70 and over, then $500 to all people with an income of less than $100,000 per year. .

“And I am announcing that there is an election campaign coming up, and the CAQ has always been the champion of the wallet,” said Legault. “We were the only ones in 2018 to promise money (to Quebecers).

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The Prime Minister added that during his first mandate, his government improved family allowances, reduced school taxes and the price of parking in hospitals, and brought back a single rate in CPEs.

“We have delivered the goods and now, as for the next steps, there are still a few months left, but there will obviously be electoral platforms and I think we have to continue to put money back in the pockets of Quebecers,” said continued Legault. “Because inflation is indeed at a high level. It is very high, exceptionally high.

Legault added that labor shortages have given employees the ability to negotiate higher wages, which he called “good news for workers.”

He said the shortages have forced the government to offer generous incentives to recruit essential health and education workers, but acknowledged that for the private sector, “there are companies where it is going to be more difficult. “.

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