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Bloc Québécois election promises from the campaign trail so far

Here's a running list of the promises made by Bloc Québécois Gilles Duceppe in the run up to the Oct. 19 federal election. The list will be updated as the campaign continues.

The Bloc is fighting to regain seats in Quebec after it was decimated in 2011

Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe is fighting to win back the seats his party lost to the NDP in the 2011 federal election, when the Bloc was reduced to just four seats in the province that was once its stronghold. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

As the Oct. 19 federal election approaches, here's a running list of promises made by Bloc Québécois Gilles Duceppe since the campaign began Aug. 2.

Sept. 29: Table a bill that would force federally regulated companies to conform to Bill 101, Quebec's language law.

Sept. 25: Table a "wood charter" that would promote wood construction for federal buildings. Sept. 23: Increase taxes on major corporations to 16.5 per cent from 15 per cent and raise tax rates for big banks and oil companies to 20 per cent from 15 per cent. Impose a tax increase of 1.5 percentage points on those earning more than $150,000.

Sept. 25: Table a "wood charter" that would promote wood construction for federal buildings.

Sept. 23: Increase taxes on major corporations to 16.5 per cent from 15 per cent and raise tax rates for big banks and oil companies to 20 per cent from 15 per cent. Impose a tax increase of 1.5 percentage points on those earning more than $150,000.

Sept. 16: Invest $40 billion in green technologies.

Sept. 15: Abolish the GST on books in the hope of saving $100 million for young readers and their parents.

Sept. 14: Invest more in federal infrastructure in Montreal.

Sept. 11: Entrust the Quebec government with collecting federal taxes by creating a single tax return administered by Quebec in the hope of saving the province's taxpayers $600 million.

Sept. 10: Tighten security measures surrounding the rail transport of hazardous materials.

Sept. 9: Maintain home mail delivery in Quebec and have Canada Post called before a parliamentary committee to study the issue of community mailboxes.

Sept. 2: Keep employment insurance fund for people out of work and not loot it for other projects.

Aug. 28: Help the ailing forestry sector, including funds for companies undergoing a second and third restructuring.

Aug. 27: Compensate cheese producers with $300 million to help offset financial losses stemming from a free-trade agreement with the European Union.

Aug. 24: Have Quebec get its fair share of naval contracts.

Aug. 19: Keep the federal Health Department from interfering in the opening of supervised injection sites in Montreal.

Aug. 18: Ask the federal Competition Bureau to investigate fluctuating gas prices.

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