The party is urging the Quebec government to freeze tariffs on Quebec state-owned companies for the current year “to protect the middle class” who have been hit hard by inflation.
“It takes steps to stabilize middle-class poverty. […] There is a quick state-controlled tool that relates to the tariffs of state-owned companies, “said Paul Saint-Pierre Plamondon, a Cubacois party leader in an interview.
The bill would make it possible for state-controlled companies such as Hydro-Québec, SAQ, SÉPAQ and Ferries to freeze rate increases.
This will remain in effect until the condition of many Quebec homes is stabilized.
“This is an extraordinary measure, and only for the year 2022. And under the circumstances we feel it is necessary,” Mr. Saint-Pierre Plamandon explained.
Some families are experiencing the effects of inflation and will have to choose between a Hydro-Quebec account and a grocery bill payment, Front D’Action, a leading company in urban redevelopment, suggested yesterday.
“Already a significant number of families are unable to pay their bills,” said spokeswoman Veronica Laughmey.