Less equalization to Quebec to be less hated, ” says Legault

Moins de péréquation au Québec pour être moins haï, dit Legault

If Quebec wants to be less hated in Canada, he or she may be working out of the equalization, suggests the prime minister François Legault.

He commented on Wednesday the results of an Angus Reid survey conducted among 4000 respondents throughout the country.

One learns, inter alia, that Quebec is designated as the province with the least close, or the more hostile by 81 % of respondents in Alberta, 74 % of those in Saskatchewan, 57 % of Manitobans and 56 % of Ontarians.

Still, according to this survey, at least 6 in 10 respondents, regardless of province of origin, consider that Quebec withdraws more of the federation, which he does. In Alberta, they would be 83 % think that way.

In the words of Mr. Legault, these data are to be interpreted in function of the tense context of the events of the past weeks.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, in the margin of the caucus of his mps, he recalled that he had opposed recently to the passage of an oil pipeline in Quebec, against the will of all its counterparts in other provinces, “unanimous”.

But in addition, Mr. Legault has also raised the fact that Quebec receives $ 13 billion per year in equalization, which makes the beneficiary the most important, for the total amount.

“It puts us in a position of vulnerability”, he said, adding that he was not ashamed and he wasn’t going to ask to change the equalization formula.

The prime minister recalled that he will seek within its mandate to create wealth, improve the quality of jobs in the province they earn a higher income, and thus close the economic gap with the other provinces and get rid of the equalization.

It may be that Quebec will win the sympathy of its neighbors, he mentioned.

“It could put us in a better position to negotiate with the rest of Canada and perhaps make more love”, has elected Mr. Legault.



It is François Legault, who will decide whether it will comply or not the vested right of employees of the State who will be asked to remove their religious signs.

The first minister revealed on Wednesday that he will have the last word in this debate tricky.

The 75 elected representatives of the Coalition avenir Québec are gathered in Gatineau on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the future draft law on secularism, which would prohibit State employees are in a position of authority to wear a religious sign, either the police, prosecutors, prison guards, but also the teachers and daycare workers.

The government, however, has not yet decided if it will protect the acquired rights of existing employees with a grandfather clause. “I’m going to listen to the caucus, and I’ll decide,” said Mr. Legault on Wednesday morning.

In scrum, some elected members indicated that they were rather against the addition of a grandfather clause, but most of them refused to express their opinion. “You must be very careful with it, a grandfather clause, this implies full elements”, said the minister of Wildlife, Pierre Dufour.

It is necessary to opt for the “general welfare” of the population and avoid the exceptions, even if young people may need to give up their dream career, is suggested by the member for Iberville, Claire Samson.

“You say that every time we make a law, there’s a dream somewhere that is broken”, she said.

There are good arguments for and against, referred to Mr. Legault, who wants to know what thinks the population by consulting with our elected representatives.

“I understand that some people are racist and want to ban all religious signs in Quebec, this is not the case, said Mr. Legault in English. We chose a compromise which is much easier than what we see in France.”

The prime minister is targué to be open to the opposition parties, namely the Parti québécois, which proposes to comply with the acquired right and convene a meeting of all party leaders to discuss secularism.

It was suggested that it might consider for the recognition of an acquired right if the draft law may be the subject of a consensus and be accepted more easily.

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