Election notebook: Tax cuts for home repairs, better school textbooks
Published Sunday, September 9, 2018 4:40PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 10, 2018 1:08PM EDT
On Day 18 of the election campaign, CAQ leader Francois Legault found himself in Lac-Megantic, pledging $30 million for school textbooks and outings.
Back in June, the Liberal government announced a new directive that required free admission for any cultural activity offered by schools.
The policy received backlash, with cultural organizations complaining of trip cancellations.
The CAQ also promised $5 million for school libraries.
The Liberals, who recently announced $9.5 million in funding for cultural field trips, were in Trois-Rivieres on Sunday.
While visiting a seniors home, Philippe Couillard promised up to $2,400 in tax credits for families that have to adapt their homes to accommodate an elderly, live-in relative.
It comes on the heels of a similar funding announcement Legault and the CAQ made earlier in September.
Still, critics say the funding commitments aren’t enough.
“We need to put more money into the CLSCs,” said Matt Del Vecchio, a senior care consultant.
A Canada-wide study showed that caregivers and their unpaid work save the health system $5 billion per year.
Del Vecchio wants their concerns to be heard during this campaign.
“You see it in their eyes,” he said. “They’re doing the best they can but they can’t keep up.”
Couillard also promised an increase in psychological support and respite centres, measures that would cost $89 million annually.
In the Eastern townships, Quebec Solidaire spokesperson Mannon Masse promised to use the current Generations Fund to support green, environmentally-friendly infrastructure.
Meanwhile, in Quebec City the PQ also focused on the environment.
Jean-Francois Lisee said his party would control high gas prices by creating a separate consumer protection office that would look into industry price fixing.
“Every Tuesday or Wednesday, something wrong happens in the gas stations in the Montreal area,” he said. “That situation just begs for an inquiry.”
With files from The Canadian Press