Quebec Liberals present high profile economic team

Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard kicked off the first part of his economic platform at Montreal's Stock Exchange Tower, introducing his economic experts who will be the party's candidates and point men on all things financial.

Bank of Canada economist Martin Coiteux is the Nelligan riding candidate, replacing outgoing MNA Yolande James.

Jacques Daoust, running in Verdun, used to head up the government's investment agency, Investissement Quebec and was a former executive with the Laurentian Bank and the National Bank of Canada. He will replace Henri-François Gautrin who represented the riding for almost 25 years.

Laurentian Bank of Canada economist Carlos Leitao will represent the Liberals in Robert-Baldwin, replacing outgoing MNA Pierre Marsan.

Couillard said their team will create 250,000 jobs over the next five years, arguing the PQ has done nothing to stimulate the private sector and has even scared away investment. Couillard said over 66,000 full-time jobs were lost last year under PQ rule while more than double that were created in the rest of Canada.

"The line, if I speak in medical terms, the line of job creation in private sector is flat. That's what's worriesome," Couillard told reporters.

Couillard said just the possibility of Quebec separation or a referendum on Quebec sovereignty stops and keeps away investors.

"We don't need another factor of instability," Couillard said.

Couillard promised a raft of other plans and goodies including a tax credit for home renovations, re-establishing the budgets of the Quebec infrastructure plan, relaunching the Plan Nord and creating a Maritime Strategy.

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  1. row posted on 03/06/2014 04:13 PM
    Finally a PLAN we can understand instead of the smoke and mirrors of the PQ
  2. gayle holdaway posted on 03/06/2014 05:48 PM
    Great that the Liberals have this group to find answers to the economic woes of Quebec, but you want to know what was the first thing that stood out for me, was out of the three billboards behind them not one was in English. Once again, they rely on the Anglophone vote simply because there is no other viable choice to defeat the PQ. Same old story.
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