Coalition Avenir Québec Leader François Legault says his government would invest $40 million to reduce Quebec's high school dropout rate.
"There are still areas in Quebec that have a dropout rate of 40 and 50 per cent. It’s dramatic, and it’s unacceptable if we believe in the slightest that there should be equality of opportunity in Quebec,” Legault said.
Legault said his government would put in place a strategy that focuses on children of all ages in order to prevent dropouts. He said by diagnosing children with learning difficulties before they start school, educators can reach out and provide the support necessary to prevent anyone from falling behind.
- Spend $28 million to hire 500 specialists (psychologists, psycho-educators) to work with and evaluate the learning needs of young children in daycares.
- Spend $6 million on a system of tutoring for secondary schools.
- Spend $6 million to add 120 guidance counsellor positions to secondary schools.
The CAQ leader said Quebec falls behind the rest of Canada when it comes to high school graduation rates.
Legault has criticized other parties for committing to spend money they don't have, but he said he's making an exception for Quebec's education system — the foundation of the province's future.
Couillard blames PQ for death of Plan Nord
Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard unveiled a new version of the Plan Nord on Friday, at a campaign stop in Val d'Or.
He blamed the former Parti Québécois government for the death of the extensive proposal, introduced by former Liberal premier Jean Charest.
Couillard said the Plan Nord has become the "Plan Mort," or the dead plan.
He said a Liberal government would breathe new life into the plan by creating a Plan Nord agency that would help educate businesses across Quebec about the resources that the southern Quebec can provide to help promote development in the north.
Québec Solidaire wants to stop fee hikes
On Friday, Québec Solidaire unveiled part of its economic platform, promising to reduce certain fees that are a burden for Quebec's less fortunate.
Co-spokesperson Françoise David said tax and rate increases over the past few years have exacerbated inequality.
She said a Québec Solidiare government would:
- Cancel increases for electricity and daycare rates.
- Reduce public transit costs.
- Reduce the cost of medical insurance.
- Abolish the health tax.
David made the announcement today in Montreal's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve riding.