Quebec will have a new government under the centre-right Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ). CAQ's performance last night surpassed even the most optimistic predictions of recent polls.
TL;DR The CAQ will form a majority government in Quebec. Here are five ways the party promises to change the province.
The party will form a majority government with its leader, François Légault, as premier.
The CAQ has promised an overhaul of the provincial bureaucracy and the implementation of some pretty controversial policies.
Here are five ways the CAQ will change the province:
Légault was vocal about his promise to limit immigration to Quebec. Futhermore, immigrants to the province would have to pass a French language test within three years of their arrival or risk expulsion. These policy proposals drew a lot of criticism, particularly in Montreal. Critics also pointed out that the federal government has the final word on matters related to immigration.
If the CAQ follows through on its proposed cannabis regulations, Quebec will have perhaps the most restrictive marijuana laws in the country. Those would include an increase of the legal age of consumption to 21, a complete ban on public smoking, and limits on home possession.
CAQ has a unique approach to the transportation problems that plague the Montreal area. The party plans to scrap Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante's promised STM Pink Line, extend the Réseau Express Metropolitain (REM) through Laval, and construct a tram line that connects Montreal North and East with downtown. While those projects would wreak havoc to Montreal roads for years to come, the result could have a huge effect on public transit.
The CAQ was one of three parties that promised electoral reform in Quebec (along with the PQ and QS). A proportional system of representation, by which parties would be awarded a number of seats that corresponds to their share of the popular vote, would better reflect voters' wishes, the party argues.