Legault would cut waste, produce surplus
A confident and calm François Legault unveilled his party's budget today at their Montreal headquarters.
The CAQ would reduce waste by $2.1-billion and invest $1.9-billion in education, health and tax breaks for middle class families. They would balance the books in their first year in office and produce a $1.3-billion surplus by the end of their first mandate.
Although he would make cuts to parts of the education ministry and abolish regional health boards, Legault said he doesn't seem to fear probable backlash from unions.
"It would be tough for a union of teachers to be against a reinvestment of $1-billion," he said. "What we want is services for children and I think, for the majority of teachers, that's what they want."
The CAQ promises to reduce the debt by a historic amount: $13.2-billion in a first term; Quebec's debt is now over $250-billion.
Although the CAQ is gaining, they're still in third place with 27%, right behind the second-place Liberals at 28% and the PQ at 33% - that according to a Léger Marketing poll out today in the Journal de Montréal.
"Our party has only existed for less than a year," Legault said, adding that the more Quebecers get to know the CAQ, they more they like what they hear.