Budget: regional responses

collective-droits-saguenayOrganizations in collective advocacy of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, who went to the National Assembly for the presentation of the budget Leitao, deplore the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, François Blais, not to further support the collective defense rights organizations in significantly increasing their funding.

Organizations have the opportunity to concretely explain the work and have challenged the minister to grant them an amount in the allocation of credits.

In the photo, the representatives of regional organizations are accompanied by members of Lac-Saint-Jean and Jonquière, Alexandre Cloutier and Sylvain Gaudreault.

Antonin Simard has reservations

Louis Tremblay – President of the Commission scolaire des Rives-du-Saguenay, Antonin Simard, welcomes the reinvestment of $ 1.2 billion in education, but has reservations about the constraints set by the Ministry for the use of available funds and the geographical distribution of the envelopes.

During a telephone interview with The Daily, Antonin Simard highlighted the main irritants of the budget tabled by the Liberal government. It evokes initially the amount of $ 500 million for students in disadvantaged areas.

“Basically, we talk about maternal four years. Although we have some disadvantaged backgrounds, it is easy to argue that a good part of this envelope will for the greater Montreal region to deal with that reality. ”

Antonin Simard would like the department authorizes school boards to use the funds according to the realities of each territory. The money could well meet specific needs instead of leading inevitably to a specific service. The $ 700 million for the rehabilitation of the buildings will have no impact on the improvement of services. Antonin Simard believes that once again, the Montreal region, the school estate is problematic, may pick up the lion’s share.

“There will be here, but it may be limited.” “In recent years, the Quebec government has imposed cuts of 4.4% to the school boards. Today he injected 3% of which more than half in the buildings, “concluded the president Simard.

Sonia Cote reacts

Patricia Rainville – The coordinator of Loge-help me, Sonia Côté, is disappointed that the government has kept the cuts for social housing in this budget Leitao.

“Last year, the government halved investments in social housing, from 3000 to 1500 units. The budget today (Thursday) will finance new social housing in 1500, which is far from meeting the need in this area, “said Sonia Cote, recalling that 35,000 households are waiting for public housing in Quebec, including more than 400 in Saguenay.

Moreover, Loge-help me regrets that the Government has not provided the bonus of AccesLogis to help the building of social housing in remote areas, where construction costs are often higher. “Given the lack of subsidies, it was all the misery in the world to find the funding required to establish cooperative housing,” exclaimed Sonia Cote.

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