QUEBEC CITY – Premier François Legault announces that the election campaign will begin on Sunday, August 28 in anticipation of the October 3 election.
In a video posted to his Facebook page late Tuesday afternoon, Mr Legault claims that “August 28 will really get going”. He also wished a good campaign to all candidates who will stand for a seat in the National Assembly.
Under the Quebec Elections Act, the outgoing government had to present its decree confirming the scheduling of the elections between Thursday 25 August and Monday 29 August in order to hold the election on Monday 3 October, a date previously announced .
Although the election campaign won’t start until Sunday, the five main political parties have already made several pledges should they come to power after the election.
On Tuesday, the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) announced that it will set up a $650 million fund for the health of Quebec’s diverse water bodies when it receives a second mandate.
For its part, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) is campaigning for every patient in Quebec to have a family doctor under a government led by Dominique Anglade.
On Monday, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon’s Parti Québécois (PQ) put forward their idea of offering unlimited access to public transport at the equivalent of $1 a day, while Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, on behalf of Québec solidaire (QS), a ‘Baby Benefit’, which would consist of a new financial support scheme for new parents who have been orphaned from daycare and are unable to return to work as a result.
The voting machine was used under Éric Duhaime’s Conservatives last weekend when the party officially launched its campaign in Quebec City on Sunday.
Since then, the PCQ has announced that it will require all children to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, preferably in the morning, from kindergarten through high school.
Despite these promises already on the table, the date of the election call remains important as it is from that moment that party spending is recorded.
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