In anticipation of the elections on October 3 EnBeauce.com sent out an election questionnaire to all candidates who wish to become members of the riding of Beauce-Nord and Beauce-Sud.
Here are the answers sent by Jean-François Major of the Parti Québécois, who is running in Beauce-Sud.
Introduce yourself in a few lines
Jean-François Major, father of four and 36 years old, is a municipal councilor for Saint-Évariste-de-Forsyth and a building contractor, in addition to being involved as a volunteer in various Beauce organizations.
He is recognized as a dedicated, empathetic and honest leader. With his entrepreneurial experience in the construction industry, Jean-François has a good understanding of the needs of small and medium-sized businesses. It is also destined to support the various minorities present in Beauce.
In the event of your election as MNA for Beauce-Sud on October 3, what will be the first significant gesture or the first concrete action you will take?
We will work with all municipalities to make up for the delay in infrastructure investment in the Beauce-Sud region and ensure that municipalities can decide for themselves which projects to submit.
It is Quebec that must meet the needs of the regions, not the other way around. I understood this evidence, being a city councilor myself and also for the Parti Québécois, because we intend to restore fairness to the distribution of investment in the regions. The Parti Québécois has pledged to increase the regions’ infrastructure budget by $1.1 billion a year over 10 years, or an additional $11 billion in total.
Which of the following is really your #1 priority for intervention: the economy, education, employment, the environment, or health? Choose just one and explain why.
Health and there is an urgent need to act. There is already a huge shortage of nurses and specialists. Home care and mental health are no exception.
The Parti Québécois is committed to making the health care system a health employer of choice. We want to give CLSCs, which are already present throughout the territory, the means to act as real gateways to the public network. These facilities and their staff are perfectly capable of offering services to citizens and dealing with less serious cases, of course, provided they have the means to do so.
Given the lack of jobs, which approach do you prefer first to meet the needs in this area: foreign workers, automation/robotization, further education with educational institutions or job retention for people aged 60-69?
The most important thing is the regionalization of immigration to make up for the lack of specific labor forces. The Parti Québécois pledges to create a “fast lane” for foreign workers in the regions. Second, workers aged 60 and over will have their experience recognized and their tax barriers reduced to encourage them to remain active in the labor market. We are also committed to supporting the development of SMEs with high growth potential.
In your opinion, should the state legislate the labeling of the content of social networks (Facebook, Instagram, You Tube, etc.)?
Legislating social media content doesn’t seem like the right approach to me. I also believe that our provincial statute does not give us the legislative leverage to handle this issue. However, the situation is very worrying, especially among our young people. The studies are starting to pile up [montrant] that it results in depression and anxiety, creates loneliness and increasingly hateful exchanges. Awareness and the search for solutions must be promoted.
Do you think Beauce still has a good reputation elsewhere in Quebec and the rest of Canada?
In my opinion, Beauce has always had a very good reputation in Quebec, especially for his entrepreneurial spirit. On the other hand, I don’t believe Beauce and Quebec in general get a good press in the rest of Canada. In addition, a survey commissioned and published by the National Post newspaper a few weeks ago showed that Canadians consider the province of Quebec to be by far the least popular of all Canadian provinces. And when asked the reason for their choice, half of the respondents said they didn’t like “the people” in Quebec.
Let’s not forget the unanimous will of the federal parties and other Canadian institutions to fund legal challenges to laws passed democratically in Quebec, such as Bill 21 on Quebec secularism. I sincerely believe that we must bet on independence to enable these citizens to free themselves from their fate.