PQ government ready to tackle corruption, language
Published Friday, October 26, 2012 2:34PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 26, 2012 11:05PM EDT
The inaugural speech of the fall session of the National Assembly will detail the hopes the Parti Quebecois has for the fall session, and the next several years.
Pauline Marois said her first task is cleaning up the mess the Liberal party left behind.
"That's very important for my government. For three years we asked for the government to have an inquiry," said Marois.
However instead of waiting for the results of that inquiry, Marois said she wants to move swiftly.
"Now we have the possibility to act on these issues and we will be sure of that," said Marois.
Among the measures planned for the fall session are a change to Bill 35, which the Liberal party introduced as a way to prevent convicted entrepreneurs from bidding on new government contracts.
The PQ was vague on details, but reportedly wants to expand legislation to remove politicians accused of wrongdoing from power as well.
"You'll see it next week. We will deposit a law, a new law which will give you all the answers," said Labour Minister Agnes Maltais.
"We have been working very assiduously since we are the government."
The trigger for this law is Richard Massicotte, the mayor of Mascouche, who has been charged with fraud and corruption. Massicotte has been unable to attend a city council meeting for months without facing a verbal storm of heckling from angry citizens, but he still remains the head of the city, and the province cannot change that.
Language is another battle
The fight against corruption will be one target of the new session, but it won't be the only one.
Coming out of a two-day caucus meeting, Marois and other ministers said the census proved that the the state of the French language in Quebec is in critical condition, and they will take action to alter the Charter of the French Language.
"Quebecers are a very able bunch. We can walk, chew gum, and text at the same time," said Jean-Francois Lisee.
As for the dip in public perception caused by the multiple statements and subsequent backtracking made by government members with regards to the health tax, implementing language laws in daycares, and other issues, Marois conceded that mistakes had been made.
"Perhaps we went a little too quickly," said Marois.
Despite being the leader of a minority government the first female premier insists she is not taking a short-term view.
"We anticipate being in office for four years," said Marois.
The inaugural speech is planned for Wednesday in Quebec City.
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois walks to a pre-session caucus meeting Thursday, October 25, 2012 in Drummondville. The legislature will resume on Tuesday Oct. 30 with a new elected government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot