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Quebec Votes 2012: August 2012 Archives

The Big Issue: Plan Nord and the Economy

Fermont 023.jpgBig Issue: the economy and the Plan Nord. The Parti Liberal du Québec candidates say the Plan Nord is the key to Quebec's economic future. But just how receptive are voters to that vision? Natural Resources Minister and Liberal candidate in Taschereau, Clément Gignac joined us for a feature interview.

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Some First Nations and Inuit people say they do not share the vision of the North as an economic engine, based on mining.

With the Plan Nord on the horizon, mining is expected to make up the lion's share of the economy in those Northern communities. We start off part two of our interview with some of Algonquin rapper Samian's song "Plan Nord" for Clément Gignac.

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While several environmental groups and political parties have criticized and opposed the Plan Nord, the plan has supporters. Jean-Marc Lulin is president of the Quebec Mining Exploration Association

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We also wanted to hear what candidates across the province think about this question. We convened a candidate panel to talk about the Plan Nord and the ecomomy. Marie-Ève Bédard, is the Liberal candidate in the riding of Chauveau. Johanne Lapointe is the CAQ candidate in the riding of Jean LesageYves-François Blanchet, is the incumbent PQ candidate in the riding of Johnson. Bill Clennett, is the Quebec Solidaire candidate for Hull.

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This past year, Quebec AM explored several issues involving Inuit people and development in Nunavik. See our Northern Futures series.

Check out our party platform navigator on CBC's Quebec Votes page, where you can see where each of the main parties stands on the Plan Nord, mining and the economy.

The Big Issue: Language and Identity Issues

hi-dawsoncollege-cp--ryan-remiorz-8col.jpgWe're taking a look at a big issue in the election campaign: language and identity issues. The Parti Québécois has proposed applying Bill 101 to CEGEPs. Jean Robert is the director of Cegep Champlain St. Lawrence in Quebec City and joins us to tell us more.

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Later in the campaign, Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois dropped a bombshell when she announced her government would require French proficiency of all allophones and anglophones who want to run for elected office - municipal or provincial - in Quebec.

But after a huge outcry, the PQ attempted to clarify the party's position: the official line is now that anglophones 'de souche' and members of First Nations already living in Quebec would automatically be granted citizenship and would be exempt from the French language requirement.

Jean-François Lisée is a candidate for the PQ in the riding of Rosemont and joined us to talk about his party's policies on language.

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To continue these conversations around language and identity politics in the election campaign, Quebec AM joined four candidates from various parties. Yves-François Blanchet, Parti Québécois MNA in the riding of Johnson. Geoffrey Kelley the incument Liberal MNA in the riding of Jacques Cartier. And in studio we are joined by Hugues Beaulieu, CAQ candidate in the riding of Jean-Talon and Catherine Dorion, Option Nationale candidate for Taschereau.

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The Big Issue: Health Care

health.JPGThe political parties in this election campaign have largely shied away from making grandiose promises about improving the health care system in the province. But they have tangled over the issue of accessibility to a family doctor.

Quebec AM interviewed several people about health care. Dr. Alec Cooper, family doctor in Quebec City. He explains the realities of a family medicine practice as he sees it. We also hear from CAQ candidate Dr. Gaétan Barrette, former president of the Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists.

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Part two of our conversation with Dr. Alec Cooper.

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Dr. Luc Bessette has a background working in emergency care and general practice. In 2004, he opted out of the public system and set up a private medical clinic in Montreal, called Créa-Med. He spoke with Quebec AM's Glenn Wanamaker.
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There are a few high-profile health care providers running as candidates in the election. Dr. Yves Bolduc is the Liberal candidate in the riding of Jean Talon in Quebec City. He's also the current Health Minister.
 
Quebec AM's Glenn Wanamaker also spoke with Thierry St. Cyr, the Parti Québécois candidate in the Montreal riding of Verdun.
 
Amir Khadir is co-leader of Québec Solidaire and candidate in the riding of Mercier. He spoke with Quebec AM's Glenn Wanamaker.
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Check out our party platform navigator on CBC's Quebec Votes page, where you can see where each of the main parties stands on the health care, family doctors, and public vs. private models.