the QLP economic team will create 250 000 jobs in five years

Montreal March 6, 2014 – On Day 2 of the 2014 provincial election campaign, QLP Leader Philippe Couillard unveiled the identities of three candidates with extensive reputations and accomplishments in the world of business who are joining his party’s economic team and committed to create 250.000 jobs in the next five years.

In hockey it is said that the great teams are those with the greatest depth. That is certainly the case with my economic team. The Quebec Liberal Party has the best team and the best plan to re-launch our economy in all regions of Quebec.

Philippe Couillard

Jacques Daoust, who until recently was Chairman and CEO of Investissement Québec, will run in Verdun riding.  He was a long time executive with both the Laurentian Bank and the National Bank of Canada.

Mr. Daoust oversaw with great success the merger between Investissement Québec and the Société générale de financement. Under his leadership, Investissement Québec played a leading role in successfully steering Quebec through the global financial crisis of 2008-09.

Martin Coiteux, Economist with the Bank of Canada, will run in Nelligan riding. Mr. Coiteux is a specialist in the Quebec economy and the evolution of its companies. He brings to our team in-depth knowledge of the economy in all Quebec regions.

Carlos Leitão, a renowned economist with more than 30 years of experience in the financial and banking sectors, will run in Robert Baldwin. Chief Economist with the Laurentian Bank, Mr. Leitão was ranked as the second best Economist in the World in 2008 by Bloomberg News.

These three candidates are joining a diverse and very experienced team.

“The Parti Québécois broke the economic momentum of Quebec. In 2013, 66,800 full-time jobs were lost in Quebec. During the same period, 53,800 jobs were created in Ontario, and 136,800 in Canada. The Quebec economy is officially stalled. Jump-starting our economy is of the utmost urgency,” Mr. Couillard continued.

The Quebec Liberal Party’s plan is to create 250,000 jobs over the course of the next five years. "We have the team and plan in place that can face the challenges head-on and provide Quebec families with quality jobs," said Mr. Couillard. 

A Liberal government would in its first 100 days:

  • Re-establish the budgets of the Quebec infrastructure plan;
  • Introduce a tax credit for home renovations;
  • Present a budget that provides encouragement to foreign investors and Quebec and Canadian companies by establishing the predictability and stability that creates a favorable investment climate in Quebec.

During its first mandate, a Liberal government would:

  • Re-launch the Plan Nord;
  • Deploy the first Maritime Strategy in our history;
  • Put in place an aggressive export strategy to take advantage of Free Trade Agreements with the European Union and the United States;
  • Adopt measures to stimulate investments and innovation and re-launch the manufacturing sector;
  • Favor the active growth of the population and technological and professional development so that Quebecers will have the skills and qualifications demanded by today’s job markets.

These commitments will be explained in detail over the length of the election campaign.

“Quebecers deserve better than the PQ in the economic sector; Quebec families deserve more. Economic growth will allow us to better finance public services, to reach and maintain budget balance and reduce the weight of our provincial debt for future generations while easing the load borne by the middle class,” Mr. Couillard concluded.

Together, we will address the real issues.