Elections season in Quebec is a lot of fun. As the province with already the most progressive social policy, political parties have to make some pretty radical proposals to grab the attention of the electorate.
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Those promises rarely come to fruition. But it's still fun to imagine what the future of the province could look like.
This election cycle, Québec Solidaire (QS), the sovereignist democratic socialist party, has dominated headlines with its sweeping proposals, which include half price public transit and free graduate school.
Today, however, QS has made its most extreme promise yet: the addition of thirty-eight (38!) new STM metro stations in the Montreal area.
That's an almost 50% increase in the number of stations. That's huge!
According to La Presse and Québec Solidaire spokesperson Manon Massé (of moustache fame), every single current line would get an extension: one more green line station, five new blue line stations, and two new stations each for the orange and yellow lines.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante's proposed pink line would make up the additional twenty-eight stations.
The pink line is a major issue at stake in these provincial elections. While the current government of the parti libéral du Québec (PLQ) has explored the pink line as an option, the coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and parti québécois (PQ) have each stated they would scrap the mayor's plans.
Québec Solidaire is the only party to completely endorse the new STM line.
Transit is the issue that probably most matters to Montreal residents. Traffic woes and an overburdened STM plague daily commutes.
Québec Solidaire will probably pick up several seats in the National Assembly after the October 1st elections but almost definitely will not achieve a majority.
So these ambitions transit plans may not manifest for a while.