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Quebec Prime Minister François Legault has not officially kicked off the provincial election campaign, but he pledged Friday to build thousands of new social and affordable housing if he is re-elected on Oct. 3.
Coalition leader Avenir Quebec pledged on Wednesday to fund 11,700 new units over the next four years if his party wins a second term. Quebec, he said, will require 23,500 additional social and affordable housing over the next 10 years.
“We’ve taken it upon ourselves, the CAQ, to evaluate the need for the next mandate at 11,700, so about half of what’s needed over the next 10 years,” he told reporters in Laval, Que., accompanied by locals. candidates.
Legault said his party would also subsidize rent for 7,200 homes. He promised that his party would spend $1.8 billion over the next four years to address the housing shortage in the province.
The announcement was quickly criticized by opposition parties, who said the pledge does not meet the real need.
Saul Polo, a liberal MNA representing a Laval knight, said the county is missing 50,000 homes.
“For the Laval region alone, we are talking about 10,000 families who have housing needs. We currently have 1,300 families on social housing waiting lists,” he said in an interview.
Québec Solidaire described the announcement as a “fluid buildup” as 37,000 people across the province are on waiting lists.
While Legault has not yet announced an official start date for the fall election campaign, Quebec’s top party leaders have been crisscrossing the province for weeks making public appearances and naming candidates.
Recent polls suggest Legault’s side has a commanding lead, with more than double the support of its closest rival.
Legault said the unofficial campaign — which has started earlier than in previous election cycles — is the result of the county’s fixed election date, but he said the party in power has no advantage.
“It’s fair because we all know the general election will be on October 3,” he said.
Other parties are also announcing candidates and making election promises, Legault said. “We can see it’s not just the CAQ that’s already in the pre-election campaign.”
The Liberal Party unveiled its platform in June, while the Conservative Party of Quebec is expected to officially launch its platform this weekend.
“It’s up to each side to determine its strategy,” Legault said.