PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon has promised not to forget the regions if he is elected on the evening of October 3, by implementing a Quebec regional infrastructure plan amounting to $70 billion, a gain of $1.1 billion per year.
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“What we are going to do is make a major catch-up and repair an injustice in terms of infrastructure investment. For several years, our regions have been neglected and we are going to change that”, he indicated, during a press briefing in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts in the company of candidates Méganne Perry Mélançon and Pascal Bérubé.
According to the Parti Québécois, infrastructures in the regions suffer from “chronic underfunding” estimated at $5 billion over the past 10 years.
In order to manage this envelope, the party wishes to set up a Ministry of Regional Development, in order to work with local actors in the region.
“It will also have branches throughout Quebec; in our view, this is the best way not only to meet the needs of the regions, but also to allow them to decide for themselves which projects to put forward, according to their reality,” added Mr. Bérubé. .
The leader of the PQ also announced that he would chair the interdepartmental committee for Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine if he is elected prime minister.