The opposition parties are urging the Legault government to help artisan truckers, suffocated by the meteoric rise in the price of diesel in recent weeks.
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Members of the National Association of Artisan Truckers (ANCAI) demonstrated yesterday to denounce the cost of fuel, which has almost doubled in a few months.
They demand a revision of the tariffs granted by the Ministry of Transport.
Tuesday morning, the Parti Québécois proposed to compensate outright the difference between the current amount and the price at the pump.
“It’s a compensation targeted to small-scale truckers that will make up the difference between what they’re getting at the moment, that is to say the rack price, which is about $1.15, and their reality at the pump, $2.20, then we’re ready to make it retroactive to the last month, so that the losses that are really destroying their business model are quickly compensated “, explained PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.
The PQ will table a motion to this effect on Tuesday. “Otherwise they will no longer be able to operate,” he added.
The measure concerns approximately 5,200 workers. However, the training was unable to quantify the amount necessary to pay off this emergency aid to truckers.
Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon also said he was open to reviewing the pricing required by taxis.
Support from QS and PLQ
Without making concrete proposals, solidarity and liberals also urged the Legault government to find a solution to help these workers.
“I ask the Government of Quebec to sit down with these people, to find a way to compensate them. It is not up to these workers to reap the bill for the vertiginous increase in the price of gasoline at the moment,” said the parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, referring to the concept of ” just transition”.
Liberal leader Dominique Anglade is also calling on Quebec to find a solution.
“We’re talking about people who want to make a living, we’re talking about people… when we talk about taxis, we’re talking about people who want to make a living. Groceries are going up, inflation is going up, and they can’t make ends meet. The government, the minister, he has the responsibility to find solutions,” she said.