May 28, 2023

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Benoit Charette believes QS surcharge could lead to social crisis like yellow dress

Benoit Charette believes QS surcharge could lead to social crisis like yellow dress

Environment Minister Benoit Charette believes the surcharge QS wants to impose on polluting cars risks turning Quebecers against the government like the yellow dresses in France.

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At a debate on the environment in Montreal, Mr. Charette took advantage of his presence.

“The great, great danger is creating an aversion to assimilation. We need to mobilize the population and not turn it against us, Cakquist said. […] For example, I refer to France with yellow shirts.

A yellow vest protest movement was born in France in late 2018, in response to a new tax on fuels to reduce GHGs.

“I’m giving an example that happened a long time ago on the European side, I’m not saying what’s going on,” he said a few minutes later, in a press scrum at a conference.

No majority

“We are not attacking the majority [des véhicules vendus], Alejandra Zaga Méndez, Quebec Solidaire candidate in Verdun, replied as part of the debate. It is not a tax at the pump. It is a measure […] Counter-incentives for highly polluting cars.”

As Solidarity points out, several exceptions are offered: for large families (more than two children), work vehicles or even people in the area under certain circumstances.

Mr. Charette thus criticized the application of the measure to the majority of vehicles, in the same breath criticizing its symbolic nature.

“The moment you remove all these categories it becomes a symbol, there are very few vehicles left,” he opined.

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Consensus discussion

Two other candidates also took part in the debate, Jean Rabin, the PQ candidate in Taschereau, and Virginie Dufour, the PLQ candidate in Mille-Îles.

If the question of penalties led to a very heated one, the guests accepted very disciplined and virtuous positions. For example, on the topic of residual materials, everyone agreed that we should do better.

“My God, what harmony! All that’s missing is the Conservative Party at the end,” moderator Josie Boileau responded at the end of the debate’s first block of exchanges. face to face of VAT.

Only the Conservative Party was effectively absent. As the moderator pointed out, the party did not respond to the invitation.

“Prospective candidates have already made other commitments, explained to them Log Véronique Gagnon, to the communications of the PCQ, before adding: In any case, our candidates agree to represent the PCQ in various negotiations. Therefore no other reason than the above is seen.

Some attacks on the third Link

Mr. Although Charette has been subject to some criticism, the CAQ’s record has not been particularly abusive. A third link between Quebec and Lévis, a controversial project from an environmental point of view, is barely mentioned.

As PQ candidate Jean Rabin explained to journalists, the debate focused on the green economy and the candidates were heavily involved in themes related to waste materials, eco-tax, renewable energies, polluted soils, labor shortages and adaptation to climate change.

“It is not an environmental debate to ask François Legault to justify himself on the choices his government did not make during the last mandate, explained Robin. Unfortunately this debate will not take place as Mr Legault refuses to participate in the debate on the environment.

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Remember that Prime Minister François Legault has been criticized in recent weeks for simply refusing to engage in a debate on the climate crisis. The latter defended himself by explaining that the matter had been discussed in two national debates.

Monday’s talk was held at the Science Pavilion at UQAM; It is organized by the Environment Network, the Council of Environmental Technology Companies of Quebec (CETEQ) as well as the Quebec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER).