- The Liberals are moving down from a majority government to a minority government after this election, but their hold on power means the projects they promised will likely see the light of day.
- The Liberals have plans to work on our metro lines, middle-class taxes, and affordable housing.
After all was said and done during last night's election, a Liberal minority government has emerged. Humbled after losing many seats in Quebec and the rest of Canada, the party is looking to rebuild trust among a populous that seems more divided than ever before.
Despite losing a ton of traction in his home province, Trudeau said that he's heard the concerns of Quebecers loud and clear, and promised that they will have a stronger voice in Ottawa. The resurgence of the Bloc Québécois will certainly allow for that and could make things difficult for Liberal initiatives in Quebec.
In a speech this morning, Quebec premier Francois Legault congratulated the Prime Minister and is ready to work with him, but warns him not to intrude in provincial affairs such as Bill 21. As he saw it, people in Quebec voted for their nationalist values and Bill 21.
On the island of Montreal, it's a totally different story. The Liberals almost swept the island completely, save for one seat for the NDP in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and another for the Bloc in the riding of La-Pointe-de-l'Île. While that's no surprise to anyone, Montrealers who are anticipating huge changes and investments might be a little disappointed.
Still, there are a lot of things that this city can potentially accomplish under a Liberal government in Ottawa.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante announced this morning that she is happy the Liberals won and is willing to work with them on any projects and initiatives.
In a press conference this morning, Mayor Plante said she hopes that Montreal and the Federal government can work "hand in hand" to accomplish her long-held desire of adding a Pink metro line in the Northeastern tip of Montreal.
The Pink Line
Will Montreal finally see a pink line? It's too early to say but Mayor Plante has been working towards a Pink line ever since she first became Mayor.
This summer, the Mayor announced the creation of a tramway that will connect to a future pink line in Montreal. An "agreement in principle" was reached between the city and the provincial government to provide some funds for the project.
There's no timetable for when or how, but the Pink line could potentially be in line for a big chunk of Federal funding over these next few years. At least, that's what Liberal candidates all but promised in the weeks before the election.
Of course, we all know by now that the Federal government will fund a blue line extension in Montreal. It was much needed and much anticipated.
Now that Trudeau will remain in power, the project should be able to move forward without a hitch.
Another project that was announced this summer will also be able to proceed under a renewed Liberal government.
The 3,000-hectare park will be the largest urban park in Canada and will go a long way towards helping Montreal meet its climate protection goals.
Middle-Class Tax Breaks
The Liberals promised that they would not impose federal taxes on the first $15,000 earned by raising the basic personal exemption amount by $2,000 for people earning less than $147,000 a year.
There have been no Quebec-specific promises regarding more tax-breaks, however.
Again, there have been no Montreal-specific promises but the Liberals have promised a "ten-year investment of nearly $20 billion in social infrastructure" with a focus on affordable housing and seniors facilities.
They will also provide "$125 million per year in tax incentives to increase and substantially renovate the supply of rental housing across Canada."
We're bound to see more Liberal investment in Montreal when Parliament reconvenes in January.
For now, Montrealers will have to wait and see with a government that they just re-elected.