Parti Quebecois has plans for Montreal
Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:27PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:04PM EDT
The Parti Quebecois is presenting a plan dedicated to the island of Montreal that calls for more public transit, more spots in daycare, and stronger measures to protect the French language.
In a four-page document that blames the previous Liberal government for the failure of the Ilot Voyageur project (a construction project created by UQAM which nearly bankrupted the university until it was bailed out by the Liberal government), the PQ takes credit for restoring pride to Montrealers.
Jean-Francois Lisée, who was the Minister for Montreal, said the PQ would take steps to make the island more inviting for families including funding more social housing and enforcing low-noise regulations in certain areas.
Other measures include increasing public transit by 30 percent, but not covering the Ville Marie Expressway -- a project that is being championed by Projet Montreal leader Richard Bergeron.
However many questions during the campaign focused on sovereignty, and when the PQ would be expected to hold a third referendum.
"We're not vowing to have a referendum in our first mandate or in our second," said Lisée. "But we will lead Quebecers on that path."
Lisée said the candidacy of Pierre Karl Peladeau was a boost to the party's raison d'etre.
"It's clear we want Quebec to be an independent nation. There's no debate about this, we think it's important," said Lisée.
"There are very strong voices that believe it would be a good thing and a good deal."
Lisée said he believes an independent Quebec would be fiscally viable because it would instantly save $2 billion each year -- money he says the federal government scoops out of Quebec for itself.
Many business leaders disagree and point to numerous studies showing Quebec gets roughly $9 billion more from Canada than it gives.
The Parti Quebecois currently holds six of the 28 provincial ridings on the island of Montreal.