octobre 2012

Proposal 20 : Make vocational and technical courses more attractive.

Make vocational and technical courses more attractive.

Vocational academic programs and CEGEP degrees offer job and wage prospects that are often just as interesting as those for university graduates.

Proposal 18 : Redefine the mandate of school boards and adjust the size of their bureaucracy accordingly.

Redefine the mandate of school boards and adjust the size of their bureaucracy accordingly.

Define their role and how they should fulfil it. The aim is to reduce educational spending and increase the quality of the training of graduating students.

Many have suggested doing away with school boards, but this suggestion is only one of several possible means to an end. Nor is this means excluded.

Proposal 17 : Oversee university administrative expenses.

Oversee university administrative expenses.

Notably limit severance pay for senior officials.

Give the auditor general a mandate to verify administrative expenses and new university projects.

Proposal 16 : Limit the number of years of eligibility for loans and bursaries.

Limit the number of years of eligibility for loans and bursaries.

The duration of assistance would correspond to the expected duration of the program.

Program changes would be at the student’s cost, except for the first term.

Proposal 14 : Eliminate protectionism and excessive taxation by Loto-Québec on lotteries and foreign competitions or contests.

Eliminate protectionism and excessive taxation by Loto-Québec on lotteries and foreign competitions or contests.

Give Québec citizens the chance and freedom to take part in sometimes very lucrative foreign competitions.

Proposal 13 : Reduce taxes on expenses for renovating or maintaining a family residence.

Reduce taxes on expenses for renovating or maintaining a family residence.

This measure aims to reduce evasion of sales tax and income tax (undeclared work).

Proposal 12 : Amend the Act to Promote Workforce Skills Development and Recognition and remove the section that requires employers to spend 1% of all payroll costs on manpower training.

Amend the Act to Promote Workforce Skills Development and Recognition and remove the section that requires employers to spend 1% of all payroll costs on manpower training.

This measure, which has been uniformly imposed on all types of business, is counterproductive. Businesses that employ unskilled workers and operate on a slim profit margin are greatly penalized, while specialized businesses spend much more than 1% of their payroll costs on training.

Proposal 11 : Harmonize salary deductions for employers.

Harmonize salary deductions for employers.

Currently, businesses have to pay or deduct for CSST, employment insurance, parental leave insurance, drug insurance, other insurance programs, and income tax.

A single, harmonized hourly rate will be calculated for employers in order to simplify administration of salary deductions.

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