Quebec provincial election set for Dec. 8

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 11/7/2008

Truckers may be interested in the happenings in Quebec because the province’s transportation minister, Julie Boulet, a member of the Quebec Liberal Party from Laviolette, has pushed to make speed limiters mandatory on all trucks operating in the province regardless of where they are from.

Boulet has called for enforcement of the speed-limiter regulations to begin Jan. 1, 2009.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has called a provincial election for Dec. 8 in Canada’s French-speaking province, just a few weeks after Canadians went to the polls in mid-October to elect federal leadership.

Charest, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, which is not affiliated with Canada’s federal Liberal Party, made the announcement Wednesday, Nov. 5, just one day after the United States’ presidential election.

Charest currently presides over a minority government in Quebec. That means the Quebec Liberals do not have enough votes to pass laws without teaming up with other parties.

The Quebec Liberal Party currently holds 48 of the 125 seats in the provincial government known as the Quebec National Assembly. The Action démocratique du Quebec holds 41 seats while the Parti Quebeçois holds 36 seats.

Canadian media are reporting that Charest and the Quebec Liberals are hoping to pick up more seats in the Assembly to pick up a majority or at least lessen the minority. Their campaign centers on issues related to jobs and a struggling economy according to media reports.

The most recent provincial election in Quebec was in early 2007 when Charest and the Quebec Liberals held onto power but lost a lot of ground to the Action démocratique du Quebec, or ADQ.

It was not long ago on Oct. 14 that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper led the Conservative Party to victory at the federal level and added a few more seats in Canada’s Parliament for the Conservatives. Despite the gain, Harper’s federal government still operates as a minority government.

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