Quebec Candidates lay out platforms on 1st full day of campaign for Sept. 4 vote
Quebec political leaders will target the key issues in their platforms as the provincial election campaign kicks off today, with the Liberals focusing on their economic strategy and the rival Parti Québécois showing off its star student candidate.
PQ Leader Pauline Marois teamed up with former student leader Léo Bureau-Blouin, now a candidate for Laval-des-Rapides, this morning to outline the party's stance on post-secondary education.
The party also pledged to ensure tuition increases in the future don't exceed the inflation rate.
Marois, who is campaigning on the slogan "For us to choose," said Quebecers have to make a choice: the Liberals who will perpetuate the crisis or the PQ who have a plan to end it.
Tuesday campaign efforts started with the Coalition Avenir Québec announcing how the party will tackle corruption in a province plagued by allegations of backroom deals and collusion.
In front of the Quebec City courthouse, leader François Legault said a hard-line anti-corruption stance would be a priority for a CAQ government and measures to tackle it would be the focus of its first piece of legislation.
The auditor general's mandate would also be expanded to cover all of the province's Crown corporations, including Hydro-Québec and the Caisse de Dépôt, he said.
Liberal Leader Jean Charest revealed the party's economic platform in Quebec City on Thursday morning.
The party pledged to create 250,000 new jobs in the province and reduce the unemployment rate to six per cent by 2017.