The CAQ is weakening because it no longer has a project

The CAQ is shedding feathers at an astonishing rate. If the ship is not righted in the short to medium term, this second term could be long and painful. A few simple explanations are offered for François Legault’s decline in popularity.

To turn on a dime and drop the third link is to say that the government’s word and commitments are worthless.

The vote among elected officials for a 30 percent pay raise on the eve of historically difficult negotiations with state employees was hardly a coup.

The big healthcare and education networks are not doing well…as usual.

With a touch of power wear and a touch of arrogance, all sprinkled with a touch of incompetence from certain ministers, you have a recipe for a slide.

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What is the program?

However, there is a deeper problem in the CAQ. This party no longer has a strong project. He was re-elected with the slogan “We continue”. Voters generally satisfied with the handling of the pandemic chose to continue with the same team. But what to do in four years? It is not clear…

We forgot that the CAQ program for this second term was quite sparse.

In its first term, the CAQ had its work cut out for it.

Pledge of secularism: let’s vote for law 21. French language: let’s vote for law 96. Homes for the elderly: despite cost overruns, let’s start construction. Abolition of school councils: done, although doubts about the new structures persist. Substantial reduction in school fees: commitment respected.

The 2018 program also talked about 4-year-old kindergarten, reducing the number of civil servants, starting to catch up with Ontario in terms of living standards, and making high-speed Internet available throughout Quebec. Fulfilled in whole or in part, these commitments constituted a solid government program.

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And now?

“And now what shall I do?” said the song. This question is raised in the CAQ. It is not that the ministers lack work. They are all mired in their crises and we are in a period that provides crises in quantity.

Apart from its passion for the battery industry, this government no longer has its own game plan, it is no longer guided by the achievement of its political agenda. It reacts to the current situation and the multiple demands of pressure groups. Events frighten him, but he no longer has his own road map.

Having not carried out the exercise of its electoral program, the CAQ must now compensate. Establish a game plan that gives meaning to this second mandate.

If the CAQ themselves no longer know why they are in power, can we ask the average voter to know?