March 27, 2023

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CAQ Review: The success of the third way

No more waiting for the big night that will lead Quebec to sovereignty or to the Canadian Confederation with determination. The CAQ opens up a third way, which, to the chagrin of PQ and PLQ, relies on consensus to move Quebec forward with small gains. Balance sheet.

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After taking first place in the referendum, the discovery is clear: Franுவாois LeCold won his race to free Quebec from the sovereign-federal stalemate that has plagued it since the 1995 referendum.

“I think the evolution of the Cubes led us to this third path,” said Minister Simon Jolin-Barrett.

Political scientist Eric Montini also notes that the CAQ’s election has confirmed a reshuffle since 2007.

“In politics, there is nothing inevitable, it is possible to go back, but there are strong structural forces,” said a professor of political science at Laval University.

His colleague at the University of Alberta, Saint-Jean, Frederick Boyle agrees.

“We can clearly see it with the difficulties faced by Quebec’s Liberal Party and party Quebecois, which is not a bracket,” he analyzes.

Cut mark

Simon Jolene-Barrett did not hide it, the CAQ passed 126 bills in four years and wanted to make a number of changes.

“We are fulfilling the promises made,” he said, while at the same time describing the previous legislature as a “vacancy”.

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Frederick Boyle notes that once the Legalt government came to power, it quickly adopted the law on secularism and sought to maintain its credibility with the first budget, which spent more than expected.

“We expected a more right-wing, more ADQ budget, but it didn’t happen,” the political scientist observes.

At this point, Eric Montigini brings up a flaw. The CAQ, he argues, has made significant social investments in the election campaign, especially promising to build kindergartens and homes for the elderly for 4 years.

Overall, the young party has fulfilled its promises, Frederick Boyle believes: “I think Law 21, Law 96 and the incarnation of this third way, in general, provided the CAQ stuff,” he believes.

Seek consensus

For Eric Montigny, it is no coincidence that the Legault government has never hesitated to correct things along the way, even boasting of its ability to admit its mistakes during a recent advertising campaign.

By definition, the third way is, in his opinion, practical.

“What she is trying to do is set aside the division and work on the elements that Quebecs agree on and gain more autonomy,” he said.

He believes that the same preference for consensus explains the centrist approach of the CAQ.

“Clearly, the CAQ is seeking the support of the average voter,” he said. Montigny underlines.

Majorities and minorities

The first mandate of the CAQ will be marked by the desire to place the French-speaking majority at the heart of the decisions, even if it is against the rights of minorities.

The law on secularism and the reform of the law 101 benefited from the infamous section to avoid legal challenges.

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“Everything has been about individual rights since the Canadian Charter of Rights and Liberation came into being. Many have denied the existence of Quebec. Many have denied Quebec’s collective rights. What we are bringing is a restructuring, ”pleaded Minister Jolin-Barrett.

Frédéric Boily sees this as a warning.

“On the side of the CAQ government, the professor of political science says we can put a little more emphasis on the identities of the majority compared to the minority. There may be a risk that the CAQ may go a little too far in defending the majority against the minority.”

According to Polymeter, 91% of the 251 promises of the CAQ are fulfilled in whole or in part. *

Under the Couillard government, the score was 81% out of 158 liabilities. *

  • Withdraw money into Cubes’ pockets (lower school taxes, higher child pay, etc.)
  • Elimination of school boards
  • Appointment of the Chairman of the UPAC for two-thirds of the National Assembly
  • Improve home maintenance funding
  • Religious symbols are prohibited for civil servants in positions of authority
  • Quebec’s share of investment increased to stimulate the economy
  • High speed internet across the region
  • Creating a Student Defender

  • 4 year old kindergarten formation
  • Construction of Retirement Homes
  • Construction of the Third Quebec-Lewis Link

  • Reduce the waiting list for CPEs
  • A family doctor for all Quebecs
  • Wait 90 minutes to see the doctor in the emergency room
  • Voting system reform
  • An architectural competition for each new school
  • Reduce the size of the state by reducing the number of seats to 5000

* An instrument developed by political scientists from various university institutions, including Laval University.

Four years into the Legault government and a few months before the election, it’s time to give the CAQ its final say. Our Parliamentary Office today is taking on the successes and failures of the CAQ troops with the help of experts. Many of our writers have played this game and set aside an alphabetical reference to the CAQ, which is similar to what was observed at university. You can find their rating following their history. What rating do you give to the Legault government?

Is : Very satisfactory rating

B : Very satisfactory result

V.S. : Mixed results

D. : Rather disappointing results

E : Very disappointing results

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