In anticipation of the October 3 election, EnBeauce.com sent an electoral questionnaire to all candidates seeking to become members of the riding of Beauce-Nord and Beauce-Sud.
Here are the answers sent by Jean-François Major of the Parti Québécois, who is running in Beauce-Sud.
Introduce yourself in a few lines
Father of four and 36 years old, Jean-Francois Major is both a municipal councilor in Saint-Évariste-de-Forsyth and a building contractor, in addition to his involvement as a volunteer in various Beauce organizations.
He is recognized as a dedicated, empathetic and honest leader. With his entrepreneurial background in construction, Jean-Francois understands well the needs of SMEs. He is also predisposed to support the various minorities present in Beauce.
If elected MNA for Beauce-Sud on October 3, what will be the first major gesture or first concrete action you will take for the race?
We will work with all municipalities to compensate for the delay in infrastructure investment in the Beauce-Sud region and ensure that municipalities can decide for themselves which projects to present.
It is Quebec that must respond to the needs of the regions, not the other way around. I understood this evidence because I was a municipal councilor myself and also the Parti Quebecois because we intend to restore fairness to the distribution of investment in the regions. The Parti Québécois has committed to increasing the regions’ infrastructure budget by $1.1 billion a year over 10 years, or an additional $11 billion in total.
Among the following issues, which is really your No. 1 priority for intervention: the economy, education, employment, the environment, or health? Choose only one and explain why.
Health and there is an urgent need to act. There is already a huge shortage of nurses and specialists. Home care and mental health are no exception.
The Parti Québécois is committed to making the health system the best employer in the field of health care. We want to give CLSCs, which are already present across the territory, the means to act as true gateways to the public network. These facilities and their staff are fully capable of offering services to citizens and treating milder cases, provided of course they are given the means to do so.
Faced with a shortage of jobs, which approach do you prefer first to meet the needs in this field: foreign workers, automation/robotics, continuing education or job retention for 60-69 year olds?
The most important thing is to regionalize immigration to compensate for the lack of specific labor. The Parti Québécois is committed to creating a “fast lane” for foreign workers in the regions. Second, the experience of workers aged 60 and over will be recognized and their tax barriers will be reduced to encourage them to remain active in the labor market. We are also committed to supporting the development of SMEs with high growth potential.
In your opinion, should the state legislate the content of social networks (Facebook, Instagram, You Tube, etc.)?
Legislative regulation of the content of social networks does not seem to me to be the right approach. I also believe that our status as a province does not give us legislative leverage to manage this problem. However, the situation is very worrying, especially among our young people. The studies are starting to pile up [montrant] that it has consequences on depression and anxiety, creates loneliness and more and more hate speech. Awareness and the search for solutions should be encouraged.
In your opinion, does Beauce still have a good reputation elsewhere in Quebec and the rest of Canada?
In my opinion, Beauce has always had a very good reputation in Quebec, especially for its entrepreneurial spirit. On the other hand, I don’t believe Beauce and Quebec in general get a good press in the rest of Canada. Also, a survey commissioned and published a few weeks ago by the National Post newspaper showed that Canadians consider the province of Quebec to be the least favorite of all Canadian provinces. And when asked about the reason for their choice, half of the respondents mentioned that they don’t like the “people” of Quebec.
Let us also not forget the unanimous will of the federal parties and other Canadian institutions to fund legal challenges to laws democratically adopted in Quebec, such as Bill 21 on the secularism of the state of Quebec. I truly believe that we must bet on independence to allow these citizens to be free from their fate.