Payment of $500: MPs are also victims of inflation

MNAs are also victims of inflation, pleaded the Premier of Quebec in order to justify the granting of the $500 credit to people who earn up to $100,000 a year. A “scandal”, according to Québec Solidaire.

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“Whether it’s a nurse earning $85,000, a teacher or an MP, I think those people have been affected,” Premier François Legault said. “It’s rare that we see rents, groceries, gasoline increase so significantly.”

The head of the CAQ government was reacting to the reactions of the opposition parties, which are contesting the new tax credit of $500 which will be paid to 6.4 million adults to counter the effects of inflation.

“The opposition would have preferred that we give the check only to the poorest,” said Mr. Legault. “Too often, we forget the middle class and it’s not true that people who earn more than $40,000 or $50,000 a year have not been affected by inflation.”

The member of the CAQ, Simon Allard, has also pointed out in a scrum to the press that he was a victim of inflation.

“Yes, like everyone else,” he said, noting that a check could help him “pay all expenses like all citizens who are victims of inflation.”


Some deputies who will receive the payment from the government, however, underlined their discomfort, believing that they did not need it, unlike other citizens in a precarious situation. “Yes, probably I will receive (…) I ask the question: do I need it? I don’t need it,” said Ruba Ghazal, solidarity finance manager.

Ruba Ghazal, MP for Québec solidaire

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Ruba Ghazal, MP for Québec solidaire

The deputy for Jean Lesage, Sol Zanetti, indicates that this check which he will receive is “a scandal”. He will also donate it, he assures us.

“I’m going to donate it to food banks in my county. Then I would like that, to know there are how many caquiste deputies who will receive it. I would like to know if they are ashamed.

The Minister for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, also believes that MPs and people who do not need should donate the amount to a community organization.

“To promote collective mutual aid, yes,” she said.

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