Question period at Quebec’s National Assembly Wednesday was one filled with insults and mockery as MNAs went back and forth over the economy.
Opposition parties insist Quebecers won’t forget the three years of austerity before this week’s tax cut announcement.
“No, no, listen, what we did yesterday is what we said we would do,” said Finance Minister Carlos Leitao in defense.
Each party set out to prove it was right during Wednesday’s question period, using various charts as props — and a lot of sarcasm.
The taunting and heckles got so bad, the speaker interrupted several times with a plea for calm.
The premier defended the government’s track record on the economy.
“Once we were able to, we invested in the public service, we reduced people’s taxes. We’re very proud to have done that and — something incredible not seen in 40 years in Quebec — we lowered the debt,” he said.
Couillard argued the Liberals’ economic update proves the government has a better economic plan than the CAQ as it created well-paying jobs and salaries growing faster in Quebec than anywhere else in Canada.
“The question for the population, is can we trust that person over there?” he said, pointing to Legault.
Legault fired back: “The premier can read his little notes, but it still remains, the premier, what he’s really telling us is that he’s proud that Quebec has a growth rate lower that two per cent for the next four years.”
He said Quebec’s growth rate is consistently lower than the national average.
That, coupled with higher equalization payments from the federal government is nothing to be proud of, he insisted.
Quebec Solidaire MNAs pointed out Legault had been pushing for the tax cuts the Liberals have now delivered.
“The premier cannot say the leader of the CAQ doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and then spend the bulk of its energy over the last few years, implementing CAQ ideas,” said Khadir to laughter in the chamber.