PQ presents its plan for Montreal

The PQ's Minister for Montreal Jean-Francois Lisée presented his party's platform for the metropolis and the candidates it is fielding this election.

The PQ is promising better infrastrucutre, more homes, better jobs and more greenspace.

He said the party is also open to a law granting Montreal a special status, a request made repeatedly by Mayor Denis Coderre.

"Considering Montreal as a distinct needs that needs special powers makes good sense," he said. "But it's not for Quebec to tell Montreal what kind of status it should ask for. It's for Montreal to tell Quebec, 'This is how we conceive a special status for the metropolis.'"

Lisée also fielded  questions about the province's crushing debt load, estimated at around $175.5 billion.

A report by the conservative Fraser Institute pointed out that Quebec's debt to GDP ratio, at around 49 percent, was the highest in Canada.

Those numbers didn't seem to faze Lisée.

"We're concerned about this issue," he said. "It is not critical, but it is manageable, but we have to manage it with care."

He addressed the sovereignty issue as well, saying the PQ would hold a referendum if the party felt there was enough popular support to win one.

Photo by Patrick Lejtenyi

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  1. Kat posted on 03/11/2014 02:03 PM
    Why don't we turn the tables.
    Let's have a referendum, only change the question.
    Ask: should Quebec finally sign the constitution and put all this separation talk behind us?
    There seems to be support for this.
  2. maria posted on 03/11/2014 02:18 PM
    He is sounding low-key - do you think he is feeling the pressure of having pkp in the fold,
    he must be freaking out that he is not it seems second in-line to the Throne - In fact I don't think Marois is in - line to the Throne anymore either!!! This is funny I hope I can continue laughing. That is why we all have to gather together to stop this madness from continuing.
    pkp looked like a tyrant the other day when he was flexing his fist , you could see the madness in his eyes,- I do hope everyone realizes what he just did at hydro, he raised the
    rate and left - before anyone realizes that it was him !!! GOD only knows what he would do if he ever gets any political power- Be afraid , be very afraid...all Quebecors!!!
  3. George73 posted on 03/11/2014 05:03 PM
    Here's an idea.

    The special status that Montreal and the Greater Montreal Region want is to remain part of Canada. The separatists can take the rest and see how well they function with no industry to speak of.
  4. Diane Martin posted on 03/12/2014 09:32 AM
    You folks do a great job always informative and entertaining so thanks for that and I would hate to lose CJAD as well as other English media operating in Quebec if the PQ win a majority in the upcoming election. I see this as the last democratic vote in this province as it is truly a vote for sovereignty and a referendum won't be needed as those who value freedom will leave. I will leave and abandon my house and take a $650,000 loss for my freedom so it's somewhat pointless to have more housing on the platform, there will be many vacant dwellings. So Kindly remind all voters the meaning of the word as it is spoken but not truly understood. Sovereignty means, sole reign, supreme power and authority. Political Sovereignty is the ability of having supreme, absolute, and independent power and authority, to do everything in a state without accountability to anyone or any state.

    A valued listener
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