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The CAQ can afford to govern for the next two or three years without always thinking about making short-term gains in the polls. 

More than never, a “non-sexy” governance is necessary. Let's put aside the ribbon-cutting and the political candy to settle deep problems. 

HLM 

We learned on Wednesday that 1,700 housing units in Montreal HLMs are vacant, while 24,000 people are on the waiting list. 

That's not all! Robert Pilon, of the Federation of tenants of low-income housing in Quebec, explains that more than 6,000 inhabited dwellings are infested with vermin, such as bedbugs.

The Municipal Housing Office of Montreal asks a budget of $150 million a year, but it only receives half of that.

Repairing roofs or renovating housing already built is less sexy than building homes for the elderly. But the more the problem is neglected, the worse it gets. 

  • Philippe-Vincent Foisy,< strong> every day from 6 a.m., live or on podcast at QUB radio:

Mental Health

The death of Amélie Champagne has highlighted the critical mental health needs that affect everyone, regardless of social classes.

However, there are solutions that deserve attention. For example, the community network, outside of hospitals, such as crisis centers and self-help groups.

But have you ever heard of it? Why aren't we promoting it more? Why did it take nearly 20 years to have a crisis center in Estrie? 

Same thing for young people: the group of youth centers is calling on the government for help. They only receive a third of the budget necessary for their survival! 

Pascal Morrissette attended youth centers, which allowed him to become the man he is today.

These houses are there to keep young people hooked and avoid the streets. “[When I was young], crime was an option,” host Pascal Morrissette told me in an interview with QUB. He got away with it thanks to these youth centers. 

  • The best way to start the day with your coffee is the show by Philippe-Vincent Foisy, every day from 6 a.m., live or on podcast on QUB radio< /strong>: 

Energy development

Another issue that is not sexy, but which is very crucial: the management of our territory. To become the battery of North America, Quebec will have to make difficult decisions.

Quebec has the opportunity to become a major geopolitical player in the energy transition, writes the specialist Yvan Cliche, in his most recent book Jusqu'à plus soif

On the other hand, power lines, wind turbines, solar panels, dams, mines… it has to be done somewhere, and generally, where people live. 

Let's take the time to have this not very sexy reflection on these major developments to avoid replaying in the shale gas movie.

The CAQ has the luxury of time and the luxury of having the support of a large part of the population. Now is the time to care for those who really need it. It's time to take risks and govern for the good of all, and forget for now that you have to win the next election.

Place at unsexy policies