(Magog) François Legault announces that he will again promise to put money back in the wallets of Quebecers during the next election campaign.
Passing through for an announcement on sports infrastructure in Magog, in the Eastern Townships, on Friday, the Prime Minister was challenged on the inflationary surge and more particularly the soaring price of gasoline, which had exceeded $2.00 on liter earlier in the day.
The Prime Minister first repeated once again that he has no intention of touching gasoline taxes, a measure he considers unfair and bad for the environment. Then he recalled that his government had successively given sums of $200 to people with an income of less than $50,000, $400 to people aged 70 and over, then $500 to all people with an income less than $100,000 per year.
“And I announce to you that there is an election campaign coming up and the CAQ has always been the champion of the portfolio. We were the only ones in 2018 to promise money,” he said, recalling that during his first term, his government had increased family allowances and reduced school taxes, the price of parking in hospitals and brought back a single rate in the CPEs.
“We delivered the goods and there, in terms of what happens next, there are a few months left, but there will obviously be electoral platforms and I think we have to continue to put money back in the wallets of the Quebeckers because inflation is indeed high, very high, exceptionally high. […] In addition, with what is happening in Ukraine, there is an impact on the price of gas, so we will continue to support Quebeckers and put money in the wallets of Quebeckers. »
Asked immediately after about the labor shortage, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to rub his hands on the fall in the unemployment rate. “We are victims of our success. I don’t remember seeing that, such a big gap. The figures came out this morning for the month of April 2022. Quebec is at 3.9% unemployment, Canada is at 5.2% and Ontario is at 5.4%. »
“What that technically means is that it gives workers the upper end of the stick to negotiate wage increases. Moreover, we see that wages are increasing. So this is good news for the workers. »
He recalled that this lack of personnel has forced the government to offer generous incentives to recruit essential workers in health and education, but that, for the private sector, “there are companies where it goes. be more difficult. Take for example retail. There will be fewer employees. It will go more through online sales and purchases. »
“Companies that aren’t able to pay salaries higher than $15 or $20 [an hour] are going to have a hard time. They will have to increase their productivity […] but companies that are not able to pay $25 or $30 an hour… there will be changes in the economy. »
He called this situation “mosusse good news for Quebec”, at the same time ignoring the fact that an increase in wages is also a source of inflation.