At the end of the first day of its National Council on Saturday, Québec solidaire defended the small businesses hit by the pandemic, targeting instead the large corporations which saw their turnover increase during the crisis to mop up the losses. deficits.
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“It is said that Quebec solidaire does not think of businesses, but that is not true,” proclaimed the party’s parliamentary leader, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, during a press briefing late Saturday afternoon.
A few hours earlier, the activists had spoken out in favor of “a pandemic tax” for the large companies which had enriched themselves with the health crisis.
“The huge hole in public finances must be filled by companies that made money during the pandemic, such as Metro, Dollorama, Walmart, web giants … Not by SMEs,” added Mr. Nadeau-Dubois, referring to the record shortfall of $ 15 billion anticipated by the Legault government for the current year.
During the morning debates, the member for Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, Émilise Lessard-Therrien, had suggested that this position in favor of small businesses could allow Québec solidaire to broaden its electoral base.
Two years before the next election, the left-wing party remains far from being on the way to forming the next government, if the latest polls are to be believed.
In September, a sounding of the firm Léger carried out on behalf of the “Journal” placed the CAQ of Prime Minister François Legault at almost 50% in the voting intentions, acclaimed for its management of the health crisis.
Québec solidaire was good fourth with 11%, behind the Parti Québécois, which did not even have a leader, and the Liberal Party of Dominique Anglade.
At a press briefing on Saturday, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was much more cautious than his Abitibian colleague on the ability of Québec solidaire to attract new voters with the economic platform adopted on Saturday.
Otherwise, there were no big surprises on the first day of this virtual National Congress.
The 200 members present notably reiterated their opposition to GNL-Quebec, a project that would involve the construction of a gas pipeline and a gas liquefaction plant in Saguenay.
It is also, among other things, out of ecological conviction that they have come out overwhelmingly against Laurentia, this container terminal that the Port of Quebec wants to build in the bay of Beauport, a project that has already received the support of the Legault government.
The activists also voted for a “historic reinvestment in public services”, a plan that Manon Massé considers quite realistic, despite the historic deficit.
“Is it realistic that women health workers have to work overtime?” defended the parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire, who fears that the Caquista government will adopt an austerity policy in the coming years in order to restore a balanced budget.
The return to the 0 deficit will not be done before the year 2025-2025, Quebec has already indicated.