Translated from French to English - www.onlinedoctranslator.com Summary Word from the chef 4 Serving Quebecers To end the 7 pandemic 9 01. Health transfers 9 02. Living conditions of the elderly 10 03. International leadership 10 04. Labor shortage 11 05. Vaccine autonomy 11 06. Seasonal businesses 11 Quebecker for what we are 12 07. French language 13 08. Contestation of Quebec's choices 13 09. Solidarity with sick people 13 10. Freedom of expression 14 11. The image of Quebec 14 12. Arts and culture 14 13. Equality of women and men 15 14. Combating domestic violence 15 15. Tax justice 16 16. Ethics 16 17. Nation-to-nation relations 17 18. Support for workers 18 19. Host society 18 20. A roof for everyone 19 21. International relations 19 22. A peaceful society 20 23. Make our choices 20 Quebecois by what we want 21 25. Ecological transition 23 26. Economic nationalism 24 27. Agriculture and agrifood 25 28. Healthy eating 25 29. Aerospace 26 30. Forest industry 26 31. Clean aluminum 27 32. Infrastructure 27 33. Development of the territory 28 34. Local purchase 28 35. Single tax report 29 36. Shipbuilding industry 29 37. Saint-Laurent 29 38. Veterans 29 Quebecers like the Bloc 30 POLITICAL PLATFORM 4 POLITICAL PLATFORM 5 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 Word from Today, for reasons that seem to stem far more from partisan and personal interest than from public health or the chief common good, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the Liberal Party are plunging Quebec and Canada into a ill-advised election campaign even though they claim to want tougher measures to fight the virus. It is irresponsible. However, we have a duty to be part of the process in good faith and with a view to putting ourselves at the service of Quebecers, to be their exclusive voice. national in the federal parliament. Prime Minister Trudeau claims to The Bloc's 2021 electoral form a majority government on September 20. Quebeckers do not platform aims to identify want it. They feel that the obligation imposed on parties to build the main axes of our consensus is preferable, and many believe that, in this context, the Bloc progress as a society, Québécois is in a strong position to during and after the propose and obtain gains for Quebec. I believe so too. terrible pandemic. that shakes us. " The Bloc Québécois also has the opportunity to present its record of less than two years in office to the Quebecer. A balance sheet that contains clear gains: payment of compensation to farmers injured by free trade treaties, An election campaign is the highlight who clings to our daily lives, does not In the summer of 2020, the Bloc protection of aluminum threatened by of democracy. It stages the different return in a more or less near future? Québécois completed a broad the same treaties, financial support for visions of society, the Nation, the How can we not consider deep consultation with economic circles, forestry research, laws on the future economy and the environment, adaptations and major changes to our social, cultural, arts and protection of forest management. the language, values and the arts, and in economic model which might not communications, health and care for our offer, the protection of pension funds, this case, our collective response to withstand another such event and most vulnerable people. He then the 50-week employment insurance for one of the most formidable challenges which is already facing the challenge of published a first plan to end the crisis patients suffering from a serious illness, in our history. This time, therefore, the climate change? from an economic perspective. While the vote in favor of the application of Bill 101 election campaign must also showcase Bloc is the only party on the federal to businesses and institutions under our compassion. scene that wishes to influence state federal jurisdiction and unconditional All aspects of our collective life have action without aspiring to form a recognition of the Nation been affected by the pandemic. We government, it is remarkable that we would not have been passed, the law discriminatory in addition to the must come out of it stronger, better were the first to do so, and for a long on medical assistance in dying would pension paid to retirees. Finally, How can we not fear that an event prepared, and determined to relaunch time the only ones. Quebec whose only official and not have been amended and, for without the Bloc Québécois, the House like the COVID-19 pandemic that has reflections that are sometimes common language is French are example again, the government could of Commons of Canada would not have bedridden, sent to intensive care, or relegated to the background by the examples. Without the Bloc, Bill C-10 not even have passed the law been forced to once again treat taken the lives of so many of us, and tragedy with which Quebec will have on broadcasting would have turned implementing its own budget Quebeckers with respect. been confronted. out to be an empty shell and containing a too low bonus, POLITICAL PLATFORM 6 POLITICAL PLATFORM 7 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 The platform carries In the service Quebecers a vision that reflects the confidence that Quebecers have in themselves, in a better future, welcoming, generous, french creating Quebeckers sent a clear message more wealth during the 2019 election: to regain sustainable from our confidence in the Bloc Québécois in Of course, not everything is perfect. Liberals and Conservatives do not offer own resources and order to defend their interests Seniors are still poorly supported and us such a guarantee. Quite the contrary. energy, from our without compromise before a those aged 65 to 75 have nothing at all We only have to remember the fact that to face the pandemic. Health transfers the two parties took for themselves large innovation and from our minority federal government. essential to reduce wait times for sums that did not go to businesses surgeries, provide reasonable working damaged by the crisis in agriculture, entrepreneurs, hours for nurses or recruit workers for tourism, the arts, financing the dangerous long-term care continue to be The Bloc Québécois imposed Quebec on Ottawa. The agenda of stubbornly rejected by Ottawa. We fisheries or the industrial sector. western oil. the Canadian Parliament has been captured by the priorities continue to read and hear insulting and needs of Quebecers as never before for ten years. comments on the language and values I therefore invite you to learn more of Quebec, when it is not to be outright seniors or our demand for health about the Bloc Québec electoral platform During this brief term, the Bloc urged the House of Commons called a racist when Quebec is certainly funding. in the context of the 2021 election. It is to make unprecedented advances for Quebec's identity. We the most welcoming society on the the result of long and rigorous reflection. have obtained the official report by the House that Quebec continent. We must persevere, It is also the fruit of our incessant tours, Each day of the campaign will give the inscribes in the constitution that it forms a nation and that its therefore, and give ourselves the virtual and physical, through all regions candidates and myself the only official and common language is French. We obtained a means. of Quebec. The platform carries a vision opportunity to bring Quebec's voice to vote in favor of applying the Charter of the French language, that reflects the confidence that the poll on September 20. Bill 101, to businesses under federal jurisdiction. We have Quebecers have in themselves, in a made opponents of Law 21 on the secularism of the state bow, better future, welcoming, generous, who intended to use federal public funds to bring Quebec to The Bloc's 2021 electoral platform aims French, creating more sustainable There is no election that is not court. to identify the main axes of our progress wealth from important, even historic. Participate, as a society, during and after the terrible please, and be there on September pandemic that is shaking us. We must 20! The Bloc's return also allowed progress in the area of also prepare for the aftermath of this our resources and our clean energy, solidarity, a value dear to the Quebec nation. We got the crisis. The unprecedented investments our innovation and our We are the Bloc. And like you, we support of the House of Commons for an unconditional of the federal government over the past entrepreneurs, than by financing the are ... Quebecers increase in health transfers, an increase in the old age few months and the next few months dangerous oil of the West. pension for all 65 and over, as well as more and more will create unprecedented collective adequate support for people. seriously ill by increasing EI indebtedness. Dangerous, even. They Each day of the campaign will give us sickness benefits to 50 weeks. The Bloc's collaboration made won't come back twice. We have to make the opportunity to clarify, detail and it possible to adopt the necessary reform of medical sure, right away, that this money that enrich this vision of our future, our assistance in dying. We helped repatriate more than 2,000 Yves-Francois Blanchet comes out of everyone's pockets is economy, our values and our Quebecers stranded abroad when the pandemic struck. In Leader of the Bloc Québécois wisely invested. The plan of support for short, the Bloc has been at the service of its fellow citizens, in all humanity and with empathy. POLITICAL PLATFORM 8 POLITICAL PLATFORM 9 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 To finish with the pandemic The solidarity of the Quebec nation will 01. Health transfers have enabled us to enjoy a Quebec We cannot say it enough: health is the priority of summer that is far more enjoyable than Quebecers. The pandemic has more than ever revealed All along the long months of sacrifice that the need to strengthen the Quebec health network. The the countryside preceded it. But with the start of the reductions - or even breaks - of services this summer in our healthcare centers, confirm that the end of the school year which is on the tip of the election, the Bloc pandemic will not resolve these consequences all at once, nose; with the Delta variant of COVID-19 in particular due to the permanent underfunding of health Quebecois will present lurking around; With the structural by the federal government. offers problems of our health care system and structuring in view our nursing staff at the end of their rope, Ottawa must do its fair share to ensure that suffering people have access to quality care and that our caregivers to make gains for the pandemic is not quite behind us. have support and working conditions worthy of their Quebec, protect Many questions remain unanswered and dedication. the Bloc Québécois will ensure that it and promote its The federal government will have to increase health obtains the answers that Quebeckers The 32 elected members of the Bloc We also obtained the support of the fundamental values need. The revival of Canada will not be transfers, unconditionally, to cover 35% of health care costs, have also translated into concrete Chamber to make workers' pension as unanimously demanded by Quebec and the provinces. actions the economic nationalism funds priority creditors in the event of a and its culture as able to exclude the needs of Quebec. The Bloc also intends to support home care through a tax that characterizes Quebec. We business going bankrupt. We proposed well as trigger a credit. obtained the first historical support dozens of improvements to federal aid from the Chamber for the principle of programs during the pandemic, green stimulus Quebeckers expect an increase in health transfers and the a single tax report administered by Quebec. We cut funding for the Pan- including business loans and the wage subsidy. Finally, we convinced the creating wealth for Bloc is making it its main battle horse. Canadian Values Commission project opposition to unite to demand an end each of its regions securities, and the centralization of to corporate tax avoidance in tax havens. thanks to innovation financial market authorities in Toronto Quebecois. here is to the detriment of Montreal. We rallied the opposition to the need to weft that will detail protect Quebec agriculture by putting the Bloc Québécois in an end to the breaches in supply management in international These advances must not be order to prove to the jeopardized by the irresponsible call of agreements. We negotiated and hasty elections by Justin Trudeau. The Quebec nation that it obtained from the federal government increased protection for aluminum, block Quebecers will continue to defend can trust it Quebec's second largest export sector, these issues without compromise and to defend without when Canada had abandoned it in relentlessly. Because they are dear to North American free trade. We compromises and on each us, too. Because they are part of who we are. occasion its interests. POLITICAL PLATFORM 10 POLITICAL PLATFORM 11 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 04. Labor shortage The labor shortage reported by our entrepreneurs is certainly exacerbated by the pandemic, but it already existed and will not end with the withdrawal of health measures. The Bloc Québécois will propose a whole series of measures to combat the labor shortage. This will include the suspension of the PCRE, while ensuring that it can be reactivated according to the intensity of future waves and that it remains in effect for carefully targeted sectors. and the categories of employment for which the recovery remains slow, for example the cultural sector or the aeronautics. The Bloc Québécois will also propose measures to encourage the work of seniors with their invaluable expertise, by allowing low-income seniors to work more without penalty and by involving the aboriginal nations, in addition to promoting the establishment in the regions of 05. Vaccine autonomy newcomers and newcomers. graduates. The pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the 02. Living conditions of the elderly Canadian and Quebec pharmaceutical industry when we depend 100% on foreign countries for our vaccine Quebeckers care about the quality of life to which seniors are supply. entitled. They were the most affected by the pandemic and the least adequately supported by the federal government. The Bloc Québécois will propose a vaccine production strategy The Bloc Québécois will propose a whole series of measures to raise the standard of living of the builders of Quebec in each 03. International leadership for the purposes of autonomy, including in particular the establishment of the conditions necessary for the development of our regions and support their purchasing power with a view At every stage of the pandemic, the federal government's of a world-class industry. to economic recovery. border management has been marked by improvisation, muddle and half-measures with the common result of Scientific advances in recent years have revealed expensive failure to contain the spread of COVID-19. Ottawa must drugs capable of thwarting several rare diseases. The Bloc It was the Bloc Québécois that raised in the federal finally pull itself together and offer a detailed plan for the Québécois will demand that the federal government revise its Parliament the urgent need to increase the old age gradual reopening of borders, as variants continue to strategy to lower the cost, without compromising rapid access pension. The increase in the monthly pension for all threaten and vaccination is not carried out at the same to these drugs for patients, nor the development of vaccine seniors, from the age of 65, remains essential. The Bloc rate across the planet. autonomy. The Bloc Québécois will also ensure that the federal Québécois rejects any attempt to create two classes of strategy on high cost drugs is harmonized with the Quebec seniors by discriminating them according to their age. strategy on rare diseases. The Bloc Québécois will table a protocol for Finally, archaic and discriminatory provisions must be managing possible pandemic threats. abolished in the federal pension law. In fact, the surviving spouses of pensioners, whose marriage or common-law The Bloc will propose that Canada exercise a leadership role relationship took place after the age of 60, or after retirement, are deprived of the deceased's pension. with the World Health Organization (WHO), in order to establish a concerted strategy for the recognition of vaccines, mixed 06. Seasonal businesses vaccination and the supervision of quarantines, taking into Businesses unique to Quebec, such as our sugar shacks, our account developments of the pandemic in the various countries festivals and our seasonal businesses which have lost two full The Bloc Québécois will demand the repeal of these and the appearance of variants. The Bloc is proposing the seasons due to the health crisis, deserve better targeted federal discriminatory provisions which undermine the dignity of establishment of a mechanism for verifying global vaccine support that corresponds to their reality. The Bloc Québécois seniors who have worked, among other things, in the federal evidence to oversee international travel based on vaccines will propose changes to business assistance programs to public service or in the Armed Forces. recognized by public health authorities. Finally, the Bloc ensure the vitality of all of our SME models. Québécois wants Canada to actively campaign for the lifting of Quebeckers want seniors to enjoy a retirement worthy of the patents on vaccines so that all countries in the world can finally efforts they have devoted all their lives to the development of be equipped to fight the pandemic. their family, their community and their nation. We are. POLITICAL PLATFORM 12 POLITICAL PLATFORM 13 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 Quebecer 07. French language Quebeckers are concerned about the future of the French because language in Quebec and are in solidarity with the challenges faced by Franco-Canadian and Acadian communities. The government of Quebec, its National Assembly and the we are Charter of the French language defend French as the only common and official language of Quebec, including in the workplace. The federal government and its Official Languages Act defend bilingualism, particularly in the workplace. However, bilingualism has historically been doing well in Quebec; it is French that is in decline and that must be protected. The Bloc Québécois will use all its resources to ensure that the federal Official Languages Act no longer applies Quebeckers form a nation. to private businesses in Quebec. The Charter of the French language in Quebec must apply everywhere in our territory. The Bloc Québécois will table a bill to make sufficient A proud nation. Proud of its common and official language, knowledge of French a condition for obtaining citizenship French. Proud of its history of resilience, creativity and solidarity. from Quebec. Proud of its fundamental values which allow hospitality, sharing and equality, values which make Quebec a true land of The Bloc Québécois will fight with the Acadians and the Franco- opportunities for those who live there, those who come and Canadians to ensure that the reform of the Official those who will come. Languages Act serves as a top priority the ability of these communities to live and work in French. A nation that stands up, but above all, that stands together. Together in the good times, whether celebrating the New Year or our summer filled with the unique flavors of our local producers and the invigorating air of the river. Together in the bad times, as through this health crisis of which we hope so 08. Challenge of 09. Solidarity with sick much the end. choice of Quebec people The Bloc Québécois will support any effort from the Quebec recently made important societal choices aimed at The Quebec nation protects vulnerable people and spares National Assembly aimed at making Quebec the reiterating the secularism of the Quebec state as well as no means to help people suffering from serious illnesses, sole master builder of its political choices, in promoting and protecting the French language. These choices such as cancer. These individuals and their families often accordance with its fundamental values. belong to Quebeckers only. The Bloc Québécois will impose on need much more than 15 or even 26 weeks of financial the federal Parliament respect for decisions that do not support to regain their health and return to work. However, The Bloc Québécois will promote at every opportunity what sets concern it; demand that no amount of public money be Ottawa is abandoning the most seriously affected people to Quebec apart and makes it unique in the face of the world. invested in legal challenges to Quebec laws; and will reiterate their fate by refusing to increase special health insurance that the Court Challenges Program of Canada must be benefits until the required 50 weeks. The Bloc Québécois will uncompromisingly oppose any policy entrusted to an organization other than the University of that has the effect of reframing the Quebec nation from a Ottawa, whose institutional bias hostile to Quebec has been Canadian perspective, blurring its differences, reducing its publicly demonstrated. The Bloc Québécois will also support influence or limiting its ability to make its own decisions. the right to self-determination of the In memory and honor of Émilie Sansfaçon, activist for the support of people with cancer and a mother, the Bloc Quebec nation, one of its most fundamental choices, by Québécois will have no respite until special employment Because we are the Bloc. demanding the repeal of the Referendum Clarity Act. insurance benefits have been reached. 50 weeks. POLITICAL PLATFORM 14 POLITICAL PLATFORM 15 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 13. Equality of women 14. Combating and men domestic violence Equality between women and men is one of the The Bloc Québécois deplores and denounces violence fundamental values of the Quebec nation. against women, domestic violence and feminicides, which are experiencing a sad and unacceptable upsurge during The Bloc Québécois fights to preserve the achievements of this pandemic. women and finds that the best way to avoid setbacks is to move forward. The recovery of the pandemic is an The Bloc Québécois will propose better adapted and more opportunity to implement an inclusive recovery that makes severe penalties for crimes related to family violence and full use of the leadership of women in public decision- will include this type of crime as an aggravating factor in making, in business circles and in their communities. The the Criminal Code, also amending the Young Offenders Act. Bloc Québécois is resolutely feminist and will persist in defending women's rights in matters of justice, work and 12. Arts and culture equity. The Bloc Québécois will propose the holding of a commission of inquiry into the prevention, legislative The Bloc Québécois is proposing the repatriation of all framework and coercion of family violence qualified as 10. Freedom of expression powers in the area of culture and the creation of a The Bloc Québécois reiterates and defends the “honor crimes”. Quebec organization to replace the CRTC, because we inalienable right of women to dispose of their bodies. Quebecers are not by nature quarrelsome, but our nation is do not entrust our culture to the neighboring nation. The Bloc Québécois will demand that the federal government carrying out its social debates, as heated as they may be, thanks The Bloc Québécois intends to put an end to the contribute financially to the efforts of the Government of to the freedom of expression of each and every one. The Bloc Quebecers are attached to their culture and care about its abandonment of employment insurance by young mothers Quebec in the prevention of violence, in particular with regard to Québécois is opposed to censorship, the banishment of social promotion and protection. Canadians, a little less. This when they lose their jobs at the end of their parental leave. the study of the establishment of a specialized tribunal in debates and the restriction of subjects that can be discussed in difference played a fundamental role in the scuttling of Bill C-10 matters of sexual crimes and domestic violence. the public arena, particularly in academia, in the media and in aimed at better regulating culture in the digital age and forcing legislative assemblies. The Bloc Québécois continues the giants of the Web to do their part for the development of art The Bloc Québécois wishes to encourage the participation of unreservedly to condemn online hatred, intimidation, all types and the media. Quebecois. women in political life by establishing a higher reimbursement of hate speech, defamation, inciting violence, or all other forms for political parties which elect a number of women of speech that constitute violations of the law and deserve to be corresponding to the parity zone. The Bloc Québécois is committed to improving and re-tabling punished. in good standing. The Bloc Québécois is proud to this essential reform for the future of French-language promote respect, listening, empathy, The Bloc Québécois will demand that Ottawa contribute to creation, in particular the essential Bloc amendments which ensured the protection of Canadian and Quebec content, Quebec initiatives relating to support, training and "discoverability" and the enhancement of Quebec arts and the networking for women entrepreneurs. production of French-language content. The Bloc Québécois will insist until it succeeds in taxing the income of digital giants at a rate of 3%, as France is already doing. The Bloc Québécois will force Internet multinationals to negotiate with Quebec and Canadian content creators in order to establish an equitable 11. The image of Quebec sharing of revenues. The Bloc Québécois will not allow the reputation of the Quebec nation to be tarnished by slanderous attacks when we assert our rights, our language and our social choices. The Bloc is committed to standing behind Quebec culture in The Bloc Québécois will oppose at every opportunity the " order to ensure the sustainability and predictability of cultural Quebec bashing " and tourism programs and subsidies, while the sector, its and denounces the accusations of racism unjustly and creators, presenters and its small and large events will still frequently attached to a whole people, on the basis of false suffer the hardships. consequences of the pandemic over the premises. The Bloc Québécois will launch a campaign to next few years. promote Quebec's image in the world and a diplomatic effort to ensure our nation's international presence. This campaign will In addition, we will ensure that the written and regional involve asserting the inalienable right to self-determination of media are part of this reform. The Bloc Québécois will Quebecers as well as the positive role that Quebec plays in the also demand that the sums collected in taxes from the world and that it could accentuate as a country, when our digital giants be redirected to a fund dedicated to the nation chooses. arts and culture of Quebec as well as to our media. POLITICAL PLATFORM 17 BLOCK 2021 15. Tax justice 16. Ethics 17. Nation-to-nation relations Everyone must do their fair share in Quebec; including The Quebec nation is fond of justice. Quebeckers do not The Quebec nation has always sought to maintain nation-to- large companies and the wealthy. tolerate those who have the arrogance to assume that the rules nation relations with Indigenous communities. For decades, do not apply to them and who believe they deserve special the Bloc Québécois has shown that it is an ally of the The Bloc Québécois will continue its efforts to end tax treatment. aboriginal peoples. It will always act accordingly, respecting avoidance by large businesses in tax havens, which is currently their inherent right to self-determination. supported by Ottawa. Quebecers therefore want their elected officials to demonstrate exemplary integrity. However, the outgoing While public finances ran colossal deficits during the Prime Minister has been condemned twice by the Conflict of In five years, the Indian Act will celebrate its 150th anniversary.e pandemic, the wealthiest individuals got richer. The Interest and Ethics Commissioner, a historic first, without birthday. The Bloc Québécois wishes never to have to Bloc Québécois is proposing to create a special suffering any consequences. At the same time, the financing underline 150 years of racism. This is why the Bloc additional tax on great fortunes. practices of the major parties in the form of private parties at Québécois aspires to make this law inoperative. $ 1,500 entry, with privileged access to decision-makers, continue to be rife at the federal level. This culture of opaque The Bloc Québécois will work with the aboriginal nations on the networking and ties to major donors taints even the judicial federal scene to strengthen and guarantee their inherent rights. appointment process, as the Liberals disproportionately Together with indigenous peoples, he will ensure that the appoint their relatives and donors to the bench. federal government fully implements the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in its jurisdictions. The Bloc Québécois will give teeth and punitive power to Ultimately, this approach aims to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics abolish the Indian Act. Commissioner. We will also reintroduce a bill to reinstate The Liberal solution to solving systemic problems is often the public funding of political parties in order to eliminate limited to announcing large sums of money, sometimes We believe that the application of the right to internal self- any impression or possibility of cronyism. We will continue without regard to the real needs of indigenous peoples. Too determination, as well as the inherent right of Indigenous to advocate for an impartial judicial appointment process. often, this money does not go directly to the communities that Nations to self-government, are the keys that will allow the full development of each of them. The deployment of the need it and sleeps in the coffers of Ottawa. Too often United Nations Declaration must be accelerated so that it can successive governments have been slow to act. Too often, The Bloc Québécois recalls that it is the only party that transform reality on the ground. Thus, the Bloc Québécois they are only hasty in times of crisis. has not requested and received the wage subsidy, proposes to overhaul the Comprehensive Claims Settlement amounts intended for businesses and community Policy from top to bottom, both to take into account the organizations and not to replenish the election coffers Declaration, but also with the aim of creating an independent The Bloc Québécois will ensure that the Indigenous Nations of politicians. The Bloc Québécois will once again entity that would deal with these claims. Such a body would receive their due and put pressure on the federal demand that the Liberals, Conservatives, the NDP and make it possible to speed up the processing of requests and government to carry out the calls to action of the Truth and the Green Party repay every penny of taxpayers' money put an end to the situation of conflict of interest in which this Reconciliation Commission. they pocketed with the wage subsidy. Policy places the federal government. Finally, in the wake of the unanimous motion developed with Indigenous representatives that we passed on the last National Indigenous Peoples Day, we will maintain pressure on the Every nation that wants to exercise its right to self- federal government so that communities have all the necessary government will find an ally in the Bloc. The Bloc resources to lift the issue. veil over the historical reality of will promote the co-management of resources with residential schools and to compel churches to open their aboriginal peoples. archives. The past few years have brought great hope to Aboriginal people, but also great disappointments. Sixteen years after The Bloc Québécois will also ensure the predictability the Auditor General's first report and six years after and sustainability of funding for programs allowing promising access to safe drinking water for all Indigenous the healing of residential school victims, such as the communities by 2021, Canada has failed yet again. Health Support Program specially designed for this purpose. POLITICAL PLATFORM 18 POLITICAL PLATFORM 19 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 19. Host society Quebec is a land of welcome: one of the rare true lands of opportunity where each talent has its place and where no one is left behind. The Bloc Québécois wants to make every newcomer to Quebec a success story. The Bloc Québécois will propose a series of measures to reduce unacceptable federal delays in the processing of permanent residence and immigration applications, more particularly in order to speed up the processing of permanent residence applications from Quebec, which take four to five times longer to be processed by the federal government than in the rest of Canada. We will demand the transfer of the temporary foreign 20. A roof for everyone worker program to Quebec, since Ottawa refuses to manage it properly, in addition to facilitating the The Bloc Québécois proposes that Ottawa gradually reinvest in hiring of these workers. social, community and truly affordable housing until it reaches 1% of its total annual revenues in order to ensure constant The harmonious integration of newcomers and the fight and predictable funding rather than under one-off against racism are essential conditions for the equal agreements. opportunities that characterize the Quebec nation. The Bloc Québécois proposes that the federal government set an The Bloc Québécois proposes that all federal surplus example by using anonymous resumes within its public properties be devoted as a priority to the development service in order to fight against discrimination in hiring. of social, community and very affordable housing in order to help reduce the housing crisis. 18. Support for workers The Bloc Québécois will demand the repeal of the Safe Third Country Agreement to put an end once and for all The Bloc Québécois will propose a tax on real Quebec workers pay their fair share of contributions in to irregular crossings at the Canada-United States estate speculation in order to counter the the hope of being supported if something goes wrong. border, thus allowing for a more orderly reception of artificial rise in the markets. However, the pandemic revealed the weakness of the Canadian social safety net when Ottawa had to invent the migrants. Above all, the end of the Agreement will put an end to the imbalance affecting Quebec and its borders, 21. International relations The Bloc Québécois will propose a reform of the ECP from scratch to cover the inability of employment through which an overwhelming majority of asylum homeownership regime to take into account the In matters of international relations, Quebec's official policy is insurance to protect workers. seekers enter Canada. different realities of Quebec households and the Gérin-Lajoie doctrine. This states that everything that is increasingly diverse family situations. within the jurisdiction of Quebec on its territory is under the The Bloc Québécois will propose a comprehensive reform of The Bloc Québécois proposes that Quebec be a privileged jurisdiction of Quebec in the world. This is the case in employment insurance which will protect all workers and which land of welcome for French-speaking refugees. The Bloc Québécois proposes that the federal government education and culture. will take into account the increasingly unavoidable realities of carry out a financial reorganization of the various self-employed workers or workers with special status, as well as Finally, because the Canadian model of multiculturalism is programs resulting from the National Housing Strategy to The Bloc Québécois will demand that Quebec be able to seasonal work. This reform will also permanently close the black detrimental to the integration of newcomers into Quebec create an acquisition fund. The establishment of this fund conduct all of its international relations, including the hole in employment insurance. society, the Bloc Québécois will introduce a bill to exclude would allow cooperatives and NPOs to acquire housing conclusion of treaties, within its areas of jurisdiction. We are Quebec from the Multiculturalism Act in order to allow Quebec buildings currently accessible in the private market, to therefore proposing an international representation process We will also re-introduce a bill to ensure that workers under to choose its own model. . preserve their affordability and to turn them into social, similar to the Belgian model, which would mean that Canada federal jurisdiction have the same rights as others, in particular community and very affordable housing. would have to obtain Quebec's consent before taking a by prohibiting the use of scabs and allowing preventive leave position in an issue falling within its jurisdiction, such as at with pay for expectant mothers. UNESCO. The Bloc Québécois will ensure that Quebec receives its fair share of funding, without conditions, for federal The Bloc Québécois will demand that Canada stop selling all We will continue our efforts to make pension homelessness programs, while asking to make military equipment to Saudi Arabia when it is now known funds priority creditors in the event of a permanent the amounts allocated in the last year that the Saudi regime is using it against the civilian company's bankruptcy. during the pandemic. population, especially in Yemen. 20 POLITICAL PLATFORM 21 BLOCK 2021 22. A peaceful society The proliferation of firearms must be contained, while Quebecer because respecting hunters and athletes, whose legitimate activities involve rules of safety, storage and transport. we want The Bloc Québécois will demand greater control over the flow of illegal weapons and parts across borders. We will demand that the assault gun buyback program be mandatory, otherwise it becomes unnecessary, and that the federal government change the laws to define what constitutes an assault weapon rather than banning More than ever, it is on the roads of Quebec that the summer quest for a greener and more prosperous future for models on a case-by-case basis. has unfolded. Many of us were dazzled by the meeting of the Quebec. Pioneers aiming to develop the aerospace of river and the ocean in Gaspésie, the escarpments of the Fjord tomorrow, cutting-edge artificial intelligence, ecological We also propose that, since the federal government or the landscapes of the North Shore. Others were filled to the technologies or the sustainable use of our forest in order lacks seriousness in the control of handguns, that it brim with the wind of the Islands or the tranquility of the to consolidate our place among the great innovative transfer all of this responsibility and the associated boreal forest. Many took advantage of the good weather to nations of the world. These are all areas where Quebec is amounts to Quebec in order to avoid overwhelming the dive into the welcoming waters of the Eastern Townships lakes a pole with enviable expertise that the federal government municipalities. or the beaches of our inland sea of Lac Saint-Jean. And others must recognize and generously support, rather than have felt the call of our metropolis and our national capital, sprinkle subsidies from coast to coast. All creators in their with their unbeatable cultural offers and their endless own way, both protectors of our know-how and These tightening is essential for the safety of our evenings. guarantors of our collective future. communities. We owe them to the victims of criminal acts such as the feminicide at Polytechnique. And everywhere, along all these roads, we meet Quebeckers who shape their region and who live off its riches. Restaurant Quebeckers: it is them and their families when the owners, hoteliers and innkeepers ready to show us around Bloc Québécois talks about ecological transition, their part of the country. Farmers, fishermen and other economic nationalism and regional development; 23. Make our choices artisans, proud to offer us unique products of impeccable when we talk about our future. quality. Researchers using our expertise, our clean energy and Quebecers are masters at home. They do not need the our renewable resources in federal government to tell them what the tax dollars they pay each year can be used for. The Bloc Québécois will reintroduce a bill offering Quebec an automatic right of compensation with full compensation when Ottawa creates federal programs in areas of exclusive jurisdiction of Quebec, or seeks to attach conditions to these money transfers. The Bloc Québécois believes that the office of governor general should be abolished. Nevertheless, the appointment of a person who does not speak French to this position is indicative of the loss of influence of the French language in Canada as well as of the lesser importance accorded to this official language. This choice also demonstrates the federal government's lack of credibility in its desire to protect and promote French. POLITICAL PLATFORM 23 BLOCK 2021 25. Ecological transition The Bloc Québécois will support the transition to green energies by proposing massive investments in ecological innovation, technological change as well as research and development in all regions of Quebec. The Bloc Québécois wishes to propel a green revival that creates wealth through the Quebec entrepreneurial fabric, supported by our know- how and our innovation. The Bloc Québécois will once again demand an end to fossil fuel subsidies, as Canada has repeatedly committed to since 2009. The Bloc Québécois proposes to redirect the Quebec share of the sums invested in fossil fuels towards clean energies in Quebec and our research centers, while maintaining the necessary funding for the transition away from fossil fuels in Western Canada. Canada is taking the opposite path: not only did fossil fuel subsidies not decrease under the Liberals, they increased beyond the Stephen Harper era! The Bloc Québécois will oppose the establishment of a pan-Canadian energy corridor encroaching on Quebec 24. Fight against climate The Bloc Québécois will amend the Carbon Neutral Act to include the Canadian government's greenhouse gas territory, whether it be an oil pipeline or electricity The Bloc Québécois proposes that the federal transmission lines, bypassing or competing with government's vehicle fleet be made up of 100% zero- change reduction targets for 2030 in order to force it to respect Hydro-Quebec. . emission vehicles. them. Scientists have sounded the alarm for years. “It is one to The Bloc Québécois will demand that the federal The Bloc Québécois will demand that the federal midnight when it comes to global warming,” they told us. The Bloc Québécois will demand a climate test for all federal government say no to any new interprovincial oil government slash the inefficient and polluting Canadian Today is five past midnight. The most recent IPCC report policies in order to measure the impact on the environment transport project, whether it involves pipelines for Hydrogen Strategy, in order instead to contribute confirms that some changes caused by the release of and climate change of all government decisions. export or an intensification of rail transport. financially to the development and promotion of the greenhouse gases into the atmosphere are irreversible. The green hydrogen industry by Hydro-Quebec. climate emergency has become a climate crisis. In connection with this climate test, the Bloc Québécois proposes The Bloc Québécois will propose that as the first form of The Bloc Québécois will oppose the development of nuclear that the federal government impose rigorous environmental compensation for the financing of Muskrat Falls and the power, including small modular reactors, and any risk for Canada, as the fourth largest oil producer in the world, has a criteria in the awarding of public contracts. unfair competition of Newfoundland against Hydro-Quebec, Quebec of contamination with nuclear waste implied by unique responsibility when it comes to climate. The carbon the GST cease to be collected on the Hydro-Quebec bills of projects such as the Chalk River dump, along the Ottawa River. neutral target in 2050 is incompatible with plans to increase oil We will defend Quebec's environmental sovereignty so that households. and gas production until 2045. Canada must accelerate its Quebec's stricter laws and municipal by-laws apply on our energy transition. territory. The Bloc Québécois will introduce a zero emission law to The Bloc Québécois is proposing to put an end to the oblige car dealers to keep a suitable inventory of electric Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project and will We are proposing the introduction of green equalization vehicles so that they are accessible to consumers. oppose any project to export oil from the tar sands. Historic and overwhelming heat waves for seniors; forest in order to impose the polluter pays principle and to fires; flooding ; the unusual weather cocktails that upset reward the efforts of the provinces which effectively fight our farmers: the effects of climate change are already against climate change. The Bloc Québécois demands that the federal government stop The Bloc Québécois wants to put a stop to the throwaway being strongly felt in Quebec. funding Ontario competitors in Quebec and instead contribute culture by tabling a bill to prevent planned obsolescence. In The Bloc Québécois will propose federal funding to to the Quebec electricity industry as well as to the project to particular, it will ensure that the Patent Law and the counter shoreline erosion, both that caused by climate make Quebec "the battery of North America". The future Copyright Law cannot be invoked to prevent the repair of change, and that resulting from traffic on the river and depends on the financing of innovative SMEs in Quebec and not recoverable products. the seaway. on multinational automotive companies in Ontario. POLITICAL PLATFORM 24 POLITICAL PLATFORM 25 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 26. Economic nationalism The Quebec economy is open to the world and to foreign investment. On the other hand, when a foreign multinational takes over a local business, Quebec loses decision-making leverage as well as a pool of expertise and good jobs. Québec's economic destiny cannot, and must not, be entirely at the mercy of decisions taken abroad, particularly in our strategic sectors and our cutting-edge sectors. Indeed, the pandemic has revealed the importance of preserving our businesses and our production capacity. The Bloc Québécois will pursue a policy of economic nationalism with a view to resilience and autonomy, with a view to ensuring the maintenance and development of our businesses. This will involve tightening the control of foreign investment to better protect the flagships of our economy against takeovers; 28. Healthy eating to definitively abandon the plan to concentrate in Toronto the Quebecers want the products they prepare and put on their supervision of the financial sector, essential to the maintenance family's plates to be the freshest and healthiest. This is why of the Montreal financial center and to the preservation of the Health Canada's decision, overturned following political head offices which depend on it; develop a procurement policy pressure from the Bloc Québécois, to increase the amount that favors SMEs and takes into account the environmental of pesticides, in particular glyphosate, in certain types of impacts of government purchases; and to develop an industrial food angered Quebec. strategy which promotes a certain self-sufficiency in essential 27. Agriculture and agrifood and strategic areas. Quebec's model of agriculture on a human scale stands out in a North American industrial world where the The Bloc Québécois firmly denounces the federal productive, but peaceful occupation of the land is no government's flattering attitude towards multinational longer part of the thinking. pesticide companies and is wary of the decision to postpone The links between Quebec, Canada and the United the increase in pesticide residues until 2022, an obvious States form our closest commercial, border and attempt to cover up the matter before the election. diplomatic relations. Our economies are integrated. The Bloc Québécois will reintroduce a bill to fully protect supply management in future free trade agreements. We will also look at increasing slaughter capacity, as market In light of this scandal, the Bloc Québécois is proposing an concentration and current policy gaps lead to endless animal investigation into the links and potential cronyism between The economic stimulus plan presented by the American journeys, sometimes even euthanasia, and food waste. We will Health Canada and multinational pesticide companies, such president offers interesting opportunities for our exporting urge the federal government to recognize the as Bayer and Syngenta. companies, but the tightening of the provisions of the “Buy multifunctionality of farmers in its financial support so as to American” law, proposed by Joe Biden, could however harm recognize the contribution of small producers. The Bloc Québécois reiterates that we must seek to our ambitions. eliminate pesticides from the neonicotinoid family and not to increase their use. We repeat that we must invest $ 300 The Bloc Québécois will expect the federal government to million in the search for an alternative solution and in negotiate an exemption for local businesses in the area of supporting agricultural producers during the transition. green energy and low-carbon technologies. The Bloc Québécois will ensure that farmers and processors are fully compensated for the breaches in supply management contained in the free trade The Bloc Québécois is also proposing the labeling of GMOs, The federal government must also stand up to the agreements with Europe, the Pacific zone and North made all the more relevant with the appearance in our United States in any trade dispute involving our America. grocery stores of a transgenic salmon, opening the door to agriculture, our lumber industry, our aluminum or any genetically modified meat. other undue charge against the Quebec economy. The Bloc Québécois will propose to encourage small Quebec distillers from all regions and their unique The Bloc will demand from the federal government a products, by reducing the excise tax on alcohol according seafood product traceability plan from ship to fork, in order to the volume of production of businesses, inspired by to adequately inform consumers, encourage local what Quebec offers to microbreweries. purchasing and fight against illegal fishing. POLITICAL PLATFORM 26 POLITICAL PLATFORM 27 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 29. Aerospace Of all the countries with an aerospace industry, Canada is the only country that does not have a policy to ensure its development. However, the greater Montreal area is one of only three on the planet where we can develop and build an airplane from A to Z. On the eve of the elections, after the Bloc Québécois has been on the heels of it, the federal government improvised an ad and released funds, but still does not have a policy to support the entire ecosystem. The Bloc will insist on substantial industrial spinoffs resulting from military purchases; predictable and sustainable support for research and development allowing us to design and build the fuel-efficient aircraft of tomorrow and develop the aircraft recycling industry; 30. Forest industry The forest covers more than half of Quebec's territory. Nearly 60,000 Quebecers owe their jobs to him. But the forest is the poor relation in federal investments in natural resources. The Bloc Québécois is proposing a plan to maximize the potential of Quebec's forests, with the goals and effects of local transformation, the development of technological 32. Infrastructure innovations and increased productivity in a context of labor Quebecers expect a high level of service and quality facilities shortage. The plan proposed by the Bloc Québécois will also where they live. Federal investments in infrastructure are the make it possible to reduce Quebec's vulnerability to trade source of endless conflicts that delay the start of municipal treaties and reduce the pressure on the primary resource by projects. increasing the diversity of jobs, in particular through the processing and creation of exportable green technologies. 31. Clean aluminum The Bloc Québécois therefore demands the unconditional transfer to Quebec of any The Bloc Québécois will support the development of federal funds dedicated to infrastructure. aluminum in Quebec, the greenest in the world. The federal government must finance a support fund for the processing of Quebec aluminum in Quebec, in particular Quebec will be able to prioritize its own by reinvesting all the sums collected in counter-tariffs in projects according to its own priorities. free trade disputes with the United States in 2018-2019. . The Bloc Québécois supports the Toronto-Quebec high-frequency train via Trois-Rivières, which the Liberals have been promising in every election since 2015 without the slightest progress in the realization of this structuring project. POLITICAL PLATFORM 28 POLITICAL PLATFORM 29 BLOCK 2021 BLOCK 2021 35. Single tax report 37. Saint-Laurent Quebeckers are the only people to complete two tax returns The federal government neglects river and maritime Quebec. each year, a duplication of time, bureaucracy and avoidable The Bloc Québécois proposes that the federal government costs. immediately restore port facilities to avoid service disruptions in the middle of the fishing season, as in Cap-aux-Meules last The Bloc Québécois will reintroduce a bill to force Ottawa spring. The Bloc Québécois is proposing that the scope of the to initiate negotiations with Quebec in order to entrust it Fisheries Fund be broadened so that the funds can be used for a with the administration of a single tax return. In addition greater variety of projects, such as the Grande-Rivière winter to saving households and businesses, this measure will park. The Bloc Québécois will propose a strategy for the put an end to administrative duplication, while giving development and diversification of trade in Quebec fishery Quebec additional powers to act against the use of tax products. havens. 33. Development of the territory In addition to offering an unparalleled quality of life, the regions of Quebec have an underestimated potential and underfunded by the federal government. The Bloc Québécois will support the economic development of each region of Quebec. In order to resolve the difficulties of access to our regions which slow down their development, complicate economic development and dissuade families from settling there, the Bloc Québécois will propose a plan to open up the regions, including support for a Quebec alternative to Air. Canada outside major centers, the obligation for Air Canada to offer acceptable services in the meantime, the upgrading of the rail network and the increase in VIA Rail services. We will also demand that Ottawa finally move forward with the high- frequency rail project, after three Liberal promises elections without a shovelful of dirt or concrete action. 34. Local purchase 36. Shipbuilding industry 38. Veterans Quebec has the largest shipyard in Canada, the best in The federal government has let down its veterans. Not Our main arteries characterize our towns and villages North America according to the Lloyd's List: Chantier Davie, only does the government have a growing backlog of The Bloc Québécois is proposing to decentralize the federal and, above all, our local businesses. However, while the in Lévis. But the lion's share of Canada's shipbuilding unprocessed benefit claims, but Francophones are public service, largely concentrated in the Ottawa region, in latter were forced to close and then open at reduced contracts go to shipyards in British Columbia and Nova systematically disadvantaged and have to wait two to order to create employment centers in the regions. The Bloc capacity due to the health crisis, foreign multinationals Scotia that are crumbling under deadlines. Of a jackpot of three times longer than Anglophones to receive the is proposing to facilitate work in the regions through tax were making record profits. more than $ 100 billion in federal contracts, the Davie has benefits to which they are entitled. credits for graduates and immigrants who choose to settle yet to receive the tenth, even though it represents 50% of outside major centers. The Bloc Québécois proposes to Canada's shipbuilding capacity. perpetuate the tax deduction for teleworking introduced The Bloc Québécois will table a strategy to support during the pandemic. local purchasing and local businesses, the face of The Veterans Ombudsman had determined that the our main streets and essential cogs of the regional median processing time for Francophones was 52 weeks, The Bloc Québécois is proposing to regionalize regional economy. compared to 19 weeks for Anglophones. The Bloc Québécois proposes a complete revision of the development programs by decentralizing Canada Economic naval strategy, a colossal federal failure, in order to arrive Development and by entrusting the sums to regional funds The Bloc will propose in particular to improve support for The Bloc Québécois proposes to follow the recommendations at a new plan which will include the Davie as a partner at that will allow the regions to manage their priorities the digital transition of businesses, lower credit card fees of the Parliamentary Budget Officer in order to hire sufficient the height of its production capacity. independently. Decisions about the future of our regions for online transactions and additional delays to repay staff to eliminate the backlogs and ensure that Francophone should no longer be taken from Ottawa. loans taken out during the pandemic without penalty. veterans receive their benefits as quickly as possible. POLITICAL PLATFORM 30 POLITICAL ATEFORM 31 BLOCK 2021 OC 2021 Quebecer like the Block The Bloc Québécois had a Our culture, our attachment to equality The Covid-19 pandemic reminded us between women and men, our model of that Quebec has its own ways of doing motion adopted by the integration are all fundamental things also in terms of social solidarity. House of Commons attributes of the Quebec nation. Just like In times of crisis, it is to the recognizing that the our capacity for innovation in aerospace, Government of Quebec that our capacity to develop clean energies, Quebeckers turn and that is why we Quebecers form a our relations with the First Nations or bring the will of the National Assembly nation whose common our approach to labor relations. These to Ottawa, without compromise. We are the Bloc. We are and official language differences and our willingness to make is the French. For our own choices are at the heart of the Bloc Québécois team's commitment. Because for the Bloc, only the interests the first time, the Quebecers. of Quebeckers matter. Only Quebec Chamber recognizes counts. that not only is Quebec a nation, but that it has its own attributes, starting with speak French. POLITICAL PLATFORM 32 BLOCK 2021 blockQuebecois.quebec Authorized by Sylvain Gauthier, principal agent of the Bloc Québécois.