An impartial election platform

With the election approaching, all parties are making dazzling and more or less realistic promises: free contraception, parks and public transportation (QS), gasoline prices capped at $1.60 (PQ), free ferries, and abolition of the welcome tax (PLQ). , full powers over immigration (CAQ), “freedom” (PCQ), etc.

A new political movement (Démocratie et Citoyenneté québécoises), inspired by the democratic heritage of René Lévesque (whose centenary this year is celebrating), proposes a very interesting impartial election platform that, instead of a list of disparate promises, outlines a political project focused on the great challenges of present-day Quebec. To fuel the debate, here’s the essential.

Firstly, a serious update of our large social solidarity networks is necessary if we want to preserve the achievements of the Silent Revolution: health, education, youth, family, seniors, employment, etc. This applies to all parties and is part of the daily management of the state.

Then, if we want to restore citizens’ confidence in democracy, we must have the courage to implement democratic reforms that give citizens a voice in collective decisions. The main reforms proposed to achieve this goal: the financing of political parties and elections; a regionalized proportional voting system; the citizens’ initiative open to all on any subject of general interest with the signature of 2% of the voters; a major project to decentralize political and financial powers to responsible regional and local authorities; a Great Quebec/First Nations Permanent Council to address, nation by nation, our cohabitation problems in the common territory of Quebec.

Quebec Citizenship

Then comes the need to rebuild a true Quebec citizenship that knows how to integrate the growing diversity of our population and the effects of globalization. This common citizenship, confirmed by a citizen card, should be based on a solid protection of our common language and culture, better integration of immigration and strengthening of Quebec’s identity at all levels of collective life.

In order to effectively manage the ecological transition, which is now a priority, the platform in question is pushing for its transversal governance, proposing to that end a smaller ministerial cabinet composed of the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Environment, Economy and Development the territory, and assisted by a council of experts and citizens approved by the National Assembly. This smaller cabinet would have the task of safeguarding the ecological transition in all sectors of government action. The platform proposes to emphasize the development of local communities, in urban and rural areas, less dependent on fossil fuels and exports and more autonomous in their practices and their management of the environment.

A Constitution of Quebec

Finally, in order to solidify this new democracy and Quebec citizenship, the writing of a first proper Quebec constitution by a Constituent Assembly convened by the National Assembly and composed of free and representative citizens (therefore drawn by lot) seems more and more as a mandatory passage to give us the necessary powers and structures. It goes without saying that this constitution would be drafted in consultation with the citizens of all of Quebec and submitted to a national referendum for approval.

René Lévesque dreamed of putting the people of Quebec back at the heart of political life. This impartial electoral platform, which should challenge all political parties, is paving the way.

For more information about this platform in all its details and arguments, visit the MDCQ website: www.mdcq.org.

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