François Legault’s party won 90 seats on Oct. 3
By Diego Flammini
Voters in Quebec sent Premier François Legault and his Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) back to the National Assembly with a second consecutive majority government.
A party needs 63 to form a majority government in Quebec.
Legault’s party picked up 90 of the 125 seats in the provincial legislature on Oct. 3. This represents an increase from 74 in 2018.
“When I say Quebecers form a great nation I mean all Quebecers from all regions, of all ages, of all origins,” Legault said during his victory speech. “I’m going to be the premier of all Quebecers.”
Legault’s minister of agriculture won his seat too.
André Lamontagne, who represents the riding of Johnson, won his seat with 21,944 votes, or more than 52 per cent of the vote.
With a second majority mandate in front of Legault and the CAQ, here’s a recap of some of the ag and food related promises the party made during the election campaign:
- Invest $175 million to increase Quebec’s self-sufficiency for food,
- Invest $50 million in sustainable agriculture to help with the adoption of related ag practices,
- Set aside $50 million to help young farmers acquire land, and
- Ensure contributions to Union des Producteurs Agricoles support small producers.
Other promises to Quebecers include ensuring full cellular coverage across the province by 2030, to cut greenhouse gases by 37 per cent from 1990 levels by that same year, and to have net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Liberals will form the official Opposition in Quebec.
The party, led by Dominique Anglade, won 21 seats.