However, it still needs to get through more stages in order to pass, including a public hearing, detailed consideration by a committee and a vote. Québec solidaire only holds 10 out of 125 seats in the provincial government, which makes it harder for them to pass bills.
Doug Ford's Conservative government announced measures to freeze rents in 2021. Quebec must also help its tenants keep their heads above water.
Andrés Fontecilla, Québec solidaire MNA
"While thousands of tenants were facing job loss or reduced income due to the pandemic, rent prices continued to rise at a dizzying pace across Quebec, well above the rates suggested by the Tribunal administratif du logement," said Fontecilla in a statement.
"More and more people are struggling to pay their rent and find themselves on the street while shelters are overflowing. Exceptional situations must be responded to with exceptional measures."
A recent Rentals.ca report showed that Quebec rents increased almost 15% annually from December 2019 to December 2020 to about $1,630 per month, while the average rent for all Canadian properties decreased 7.1% annually to $1,723 per month.
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the vacancy rate doubled on the Island of Montreal in 2020 while rents in Greater Montreal increased 4.2%.
Quebecers are entitled to chime in about this issue by "Commenting on a Subject Under Examination" using an online form.
For reference, Bill 696 is known as "An Act providing for the temporary suspension of the right to increase the rent for a lease of a dwelling."
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.