Budget 2019: the surplus should be used to the environment, ” said Québec solidaire

Budget 2019: les surplus devraient servir à l’environnement, dit Québec solidaire

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The co-spokesperson of Québec solidaire Manon Massé

The government Legault are expected to join the action to the word, and allocate a large part of his “budget surplus” historical in the fight against climate change, according to Québec solidaire.

The party is the first to have made known his requests pre-budget Thursday, a week to the day before the filing of the first budget caquiste and on the eve of the strike movement international for the climate.

“Don’t be fooled by other operation of public relations, said the co-spokesperson of Québec solidaire, Manon Massé. If you really want to see the intention of the government in place, we’ll also see numbers appear to enable us to settle the question of the climate crisis. “

The solidarity expressed three requests. They want the government Legault invest a dollar in public transit for each dollar allocated to road infrastructure. This implies the cancellation of projects like the third link and the extension of highways 19 and 30.

They also want the government to reduce by half the price of the bus tickets and metro to attract more users and double the budget of the ministry of the Environment.

“The fact of the hydroelectricity in Quebec […], this is not in itself a permit to increase the number of greenhouse gases, warned the deputy Vincent Marissal. […] It does not give a blank cheque. “

It has also been argued that the extension of the blue line of the Montreal waited for 40 years will be insufficient and that the government ” may not wash their hands and say, finally, mission accomplished.”

The Quebec Institute believes that the government’s surplus could reach $ 4.6 billion, but the minister of Finance, Eric Girard, evaluates rather to $ 2 billion for the fiscal year 2018-2019.

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