Bloc Quebecois

The Bloc Quebecois is the hope for Quebec, while the rest of Canada
plot\'s to take away our individuality, heritage and language from us, we
the Bloc are sworn to protect these segments of Quebec. The purpose of the
Bloc Quebecois is to ensure that Quebec is fairly represented in the House
of Commons and that we, the people of Quebec, obtain all that we require to
ensure that Quebec will be strong in the future when we separate from
Canada. If we get a fair number of seats in the House of Commons, we would
not use ourpower to block economic benefits for other parts of Canada. But
we would act in the best self-interests of Quebec. The Bloc is a
pro-sovereignty party, and the Bloc believes that only through Quebec
sovereignty can Quebec achieve its legitimate ambitions and Canada can have
a centralized government.

What the Bloc offers to the people of Quebec is that they are given
the choice to vote for something they have wanted for a long time, a
separatist party, or one of the traditional federalist parties. The
sovereignty of Quebec may only be decided in a referendum but until that
time, the Bloc will work within the rules of the game to look out for
Quebec\'s interests in the federal parliament. Our plan for deficit
reduction will ensure more efficiency at all levels of government. The plan
we have is in three basic steps to cut $10 billion from the federal deficit
per year. 1 Our strategy is to cut and eliminate government spending and
inefficiency by about an estimated $6 billion annually, without touching
any of the social programs. 2, We would also chop the military budget by
25% to save approximately $3 billion. 3 We would also give the
responsibility of job training programs to the province of Quebec to save
nearly $1 billion. Another part of our scheme would be to have $5 billion
per year transferred from existing programs to job creating ones. There
would be no cuts in transfer payments or social programs. We would
repatriate the $28 billion in taxes that Quebecers pay to Ottawa. When
Quebec separates, we would be willing to take 18% of the deficit, we feel
that this is a fair amount considering that we benefited from its use. We
are in favour of eliminating the tax shelters for the rich. We want to
promote investment in our economy and would stimulate it by private
investment, we would offer a 20% investment tax credit. We would proceed
in the creation of an industrial launching plan as to help in the launching
of industries. In the area of job creation, the Bloc will increase federal
funding for job creation programs in each province. The Bloc would also
seek the possibility of obtaining complete control of unemployment
insurance for the province of Quebec. There would be a $10 billion cut in
the budget and $5 billion of this would be reinvested in job creation
programs. A proposed public works program would be a Windsor-Quebec City
high speed train. This project would create nearly 8000 jobs. For social
programs, the Bloc is in opposition of Medicare user fees and endorses
universality and we feel that the provinces, not Ottawa, should be in
charge of social programs. Ottawa should hand over complete control of the
education and manpower and training, but should still continue to fund
these programs. We would make no cuts in the social welfare assistance
levels. On the topic of the North American Free Trade Agreement, we are in
favour of free trade and the NAFTA agreement but we would want a series of
transitional measures, which are permitted in the deal, to be implemented
to ease in job shifts and help in the retraining of workers. For the Health
care plan, the Bloc feels that it should be made the responsibility of the
provincial governments. We are in support of universal Medicare and oppose
all user fees for essential services. We also want revision of the Canada
Health Act that punishes provinces for implementing user fees for
non-essential services to be scrapped. Upon the subject of political
reform, all that we are concerned with is Quebec\'s independence. Before
that is implemented however, the Bloc would be in favour of abolishing the
senate. We, the people of Quebec, are tired of negotiations because they
have accomplished nothing. For the levels of immigration, we feel that they
are satisfactory as they are. We would increase the spending for
French-language training programs for immigrants. Immigrants are essential
for our economy as they bring new skills