François Legault says Liberals, PQ can't afford their promises

François Legault says the PQ and Liberal parties are making campaign promises they can't keep, and his government would have the courage to say "no" to initiatives it can't afford.​

Philippe Couillard promises to personally oversee anti-bullying plan within 100 days of mandate

François Legault appealed to Quebec's middle class on Wednesday and promised his government wouldn't waste taxpayers' money. (CBC)

François Legault says the PQ and Liberal parties are making campaign promises they can't keep, and his government would have the courage to say "no" to initiatives it can't afford.​

“We cannot, like the Parti Québécois and the Liberal Party, continually announce millions and billions of dollars that we don’t have,” Legault said at a campaign stop in the Quebec City region.

“People here, in Quebec, are, like me, allergic to waste." 

The Coalition Avenir Québec leader said his government would focus on several key projects in the Quebec City area:

  • Bridge renovations
  • Expansion of Henri-IV Highway
  • Invest in the new Beauport soccer stadium
  • Invest in new aquatic complex in Lévis
  • Invest in Phase 3 of the Promenade​ Samuel-de-Champlain 

Legault said the projects would depend on the availability of government funding.

He said a Coalition AvenirQuébec government wouldn’t shy away from making tough choices. 

Philippe Couillard unveils anti-bullying policy

On Wednesday, Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard focused on his party's plan to put an end to bullying. 

Quebec Liberal leader leader Philippe Couillard tries on boxing gloves as he unveils his anti-bullying policy at a mixed martial arts gym in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

Couillard said he would personally oversee the implementation of an intervention plan that would unite stakeholders in all levels of the education system.

Bullying comes to an end where compassion begins- Philippe Couillard, Qubec Liberal Leader

He said a Liberal government would create a forum for people working to reduce violence and bullying within the first 100 days of its mandate. 

“If a youth is a victim of bullying at school, or if they are themselves a bully, it’s not just the person who is touched. It’s the entire family, and all those around that person. We all know people touched by this,” Couillard said.

The Liberal leader made the announcement inside a Montreal martial arts gym, run by Ali etles Princes de la Rue.

The association, which was founded by former gang member Charles Ali Nestor, works with young dropouts.

Couillard said it's through initiatives like Ali et les Princes de la Rue that Quebecers can eradicate bullying.

“Bullying comes to an end where compassion begins,” he said.

PQ pledges to balance the books

Pauline Marois kicked off Wednesday in the Sillery district of Quebec City, where she renewed her party's commitment to reducing the province's debt.

She said government expenses during the PQ's 18 months in power were the lowest in 10 years.

On Wednesday, Marois said her government still plans to get Quebec’s finances back in the black.

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois gestures as she announce the party's stand on the provincial debt in Quebec City. (Clement Allard/CP)

“Over the course of our next mandate, the debt will begin to diminish, not just in relation to the GDP, but in absolute numbers,” Marois said.

Marois said her government would invest a cumulative amount of $10 million towards erasing Quebec’s debt.

The other main parties have been critical of the PQ government's economic policies. 

The Liberals have pledged to create 250,000 jobs over the next five years and the CAQ says its government would cut health and school taxes, and put $1,000 back in the pockets of Quebec families.