THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
QUEBEC – The essential workers are “at the end of the line” and François Legault refuses to listen to them, accuse the spokespersons of Quebec solidaire (QS).
The Prime Minister is “locked in his crisis cell” and does not let anyone enter except his communication advisers, hammered Sunday Manon Massé at the end of a virtual national council.
She said she could say that Mr. Legault is “disconnected” after discussing it this fall with hundreds of workers in virtual meetings.
“’We are on edge, we are on the verge of farting at the fret, we can raise the flag but no one is listening to us”, that’s what we hear, ”she declared.
She asks the Prime Minister to take better care of “essentials”, which are not “numbers”.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois continued by telling the story of François, who works at the 9-1-1 central in Montreal and whose work has become considerably heavier due to human distress.
“Usually, 9-1-1 comes to your aid; well today, in Quebec in the fall of 2020, it is 9-1-1 that is in desperate need of help, ”declared Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.
“The fire, it is caught even in the fire station”, he added, accusing the Coalition futur Quebec (CAQ) of François Legault to ask “always more of ordinary people”.
It would be “unimaginable” in this context to pass the bill on them for the health crisis, according to him.
To seek new income, QS proposes that Quebec adopt an “anti-austerity shield” based on three measures:
– pandemic tax
– the tax on large fortunes
– a tax on major polluters
Together, these three measures would generate $ 9 billion for the current fiscal year, QS calculates.
Sunday, the two spokespersons for QS detailed and costed their proposal.
First, the pandemic tax would be a 50% increase in the corporate profit tax rate.
The base rate, which is currently 11.6% for large companies, would be increased to 17.4%, explained Mr. Nadeau-Dubois.
And to protect SMEs, QS is proposing an exemption on the first $ 500,000 of profit. This first measure alone would generate $ 3.4 billion.
Second, QS estimates that a special tax on large fortunes in Quebec would make it possible to raise an additional $ 5 billion.
It would be a progressive tax, starting at $ 1 million and gradually going from 0.1% to 3%.
For example, a person with an estimated fortune of one million dollars would pay an additional $ 1,000 this year, it has been illustrated. “It really is the least of things.”
Finally, a 30% increase in the price of carbon for major industrial polluters (cement plants, aluminum plants) could generate $ 549 million over five years.
The major polluters who are targeted by QS are already part of the cap and trade system, and emit more than 25,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) per year.
Meanwhile, QS members adopted a proposal on Sunday that the party’s next election platform be translated into all indigenous languages.
This is a first in Quebec, welcomed Ms. Massé at a press briefing. “We want the Aboriginals to fully understand the societal project that Québec solidaire promotes, because at the end of the day, we are quite convinced that they are likely to take an important interest in it.”
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