PQ look to tax the rich; Liberals look to give free rides to students and seniors

Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée says a revenue ministry under his government would go after corporate CEOs and those who stash corporate profits in offshore accounts.

Lisée says the party so-called "glutton tax" ("taxe glouton") would be assessed on those CEOs and other high-earners who make 30 times more than their average employee does. The "glutton tax" of 10 per cent would apply after the third year of a PQ mandate. After the fourth, that rate would rise to 25 per cent.

Salaries of bosses working in the public sector, meantime, would be cut back.

Lisée noted that CEO salaries have risen exponentially in the last half-century — CEO salaries in the 1960s and '70s were around 20 or 30 times what the average worker made. Now, he says, many of them are 100 and 200 times what ordinary Quebecers made.

Lisée also says a PQ government would hit out at multinationals who put their assets in offshore tax havens.

Meanwhile, premier Philippe Couillard says full-time students and seniors would get free public transit if the Liberals get reelected on Oct. 1.

Couillard estimates the promise would cost the public treasury about $200 million per year.

On another note, the Liberals are also pledging to extend the REM light-rail network into Mirabel.

The CAQ's François Legault, meanwhile, talked about restoring, at least in part, the public in vitro fertilization program the Liberals scrapped in 2015. The Liberals' program covered three cycles.

Legault says a CAQ government would offer at least the first cycle free for all Quebecers, as of 2020, at a cost of $16 million.

Last week, the PQ also promised to cover at least the first cycle for everyone.

Quebec Solidaire says it would halt any and all petroleum exploration projects, suggesting the fight against climate change, and not immigration, should be the real "ballot question" on Oct. 1.