Provincial elections will be held on October 3. L’Hebdo Journal met with the candidates in the riding of Trois-Rivières to learn more about their priorities. Introducing Jean Boulet, Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) candidate and retired MP.
Jean Boule’s first parliamentary term was not easy. He was Minister of Employment, Labor and Solidarity, Minister of Immigration, Frenchization and Integration and Minister responsible for the Mauritian region. But he insists: his most important title is that of deputy of Trois Rivière.
“I have a deep affection for Trois Rivière and its people. My children were born here, I know the streets, the schools, the neighborhoods, the people who live there. My involvement with Centraide a few years ago was also formative. It made me realize the challenges I have to face on a human and social level. I wanted to contribute in a different way to change things,” explains Mr Boule.
If there’s a common thread in its various ramifications over the years, it would be the accompaniment. And in this sense, he sees the rest of his political life if he is re-elected on October 3: supporting businesses, municipalities and stakeholders from different backgrounds in the implementation of various projects.
Caring for more vulnerable older people
Mr. Boule wants to make improving the quality of life of the most vulnerable seniors his number one priority after the provincial election. “It affects me to hear what people go through every day. This will be my main priority, says the MP in resignation. CAQ offers several ideas in this regard, such as investing $900 million in supporting seniors at home and slowing the loss of autonomy. There is an annual benefit of $2,000 for those 70 and over, and the option to decide whether or not to contribute to the Régie des rentes du Québec if you return to work after age 65,” the applicant specifically lists.
“In Trois-Rivières, the issue of affordable housing for seniors is also very important,” he continues. In particular, there is a project in Kermaria with the city of Trois-Rivières that will make it possible to convert and provide 69 affordable rentals for the elderly. I intend to support the implementation of this project. »
The multigenerational neighborhood project of Carpe Diem – Alzheimer Resource Center would also be beneficial for improving the quality of life of the residents of Trois-Rivières, believes Jean Boule, who also emphasizes the innovative nature of the project.
From labor shortages to culture
Labor shortages are also a problem that Jean Boulet wants to tackle if he is re-elected on October 3. During his tenure as Minister of Employment, Labor and Solidarity, he also announced the implementation of various measures to tackle the problem, including short training programs and initiatives to retrain workers.
For Mr Boule, the solution involves supporting companies to help them make a digital and technological change that will also help improve their productivity.
“We must also continue the measures for training and retraining of workers. I want Quebec to become a learning society. We all have to contribute to raising the level of knowledge and literacy. We also need to make sure that education meets the needs of the market,” he says.
For CAQ, economic immigration is also part of the solution. The candidate in the Trois-Rivières race also mentions that we need to continue efforts to integrate and sustain employment for people with disabilities, people with criminal records, experienced workers, women in the construction sector, First Nations people and financial support for businesses that are reorganizing their work environment to meet the needs of experienced people.
Also in the plans is a reception office to welcome immigrants and connect with businesses in collaboration with Innovation and Economic Development Trois-Rivières.
Regarding the green economy, Jean Boulet wants to support the projects that will result from the Energy Transition Valley, which in particular includes the cities of Trois-Rivières, Bécancour and Shawinigan and several educational institutions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The Future Pavilion of the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières in the city center will also allow for research and development in this area, while helping to revitalize the city center, he notes.
The preservation of cultural and museum institutions is also a priority for Jean Boulet. He intends to support the POP Museum in a project to preserve the Robert-Lionel-Séguin collection and to preserve and promote the Ursuline convent recently acquired by the city of Trois-Rivières.
“Thanks to my role as a minister, I have acquired cross-functional skills in Quebec affairs. The pandemic has also enhanced my understanding of Quebec society. The Quebec government plays a role in people’s daily lives, Mr. Boulet emphasizes. If you care about your portfolio, the quality of education and the enrichment of Quebecers, among other things, you should go and vote. There is a need to influence the orientations of the government. This should not be taken lightly. Every vote really counts and can affect the outcome of the election campaign. We all have an interest in life that should translate into an imperative to vote. »
A message to voters
I want to congratulate people for going through this difficult time that we went through and I want to bring a message of hope, to believe in our potential. Let’s trust each other. I believe in people and I don’t want voters to judge me only by what I have done, but also by what I will do, by my priorities. I think I am an empathetic and engaged person. The CAQ is a centre-based, balanced and pragmatic coalition party that takes an interest in the everyday and evolving issues of Quebec society.