A forgotten CPE project in the Pontiac disrupts the election campaign | Quebec 2022 elections

familles en avaient besoin.”,”text”:”Je suis déçue [et] bouleversée, surtout pour les parents et les enfants. On s’attendait tous à avoir les places, d’autant plus que 100familles en avaient besoin.”}}”>I’m disappointed [et] upset, especially for parents and children. We all expected to have the seats, especially since 100 families needed them.

Ms Charpentier Kairouz wanted more subsidized places in her nursery in the Hull sector. She also submitted a project to the Department of Family to establish an Early Childhood Center (CPE) in the Pontiac.

For his project of CPE, the file got lost in the loopholes of the ministry’s system, he was told. It was subsequently refused by the government, in the belief that the needs will be met with the establishment of a CPE Installed 40 km away, on the side of Wakefield.

km de route, le matin et le soir.”,”text”:”On se sent abandonnés. On n’est pas d’accord avec ça. Ce n’est pas acceptable du tout. C’est un oubli, c’est un problème de gestion et ce sont les parents qui en souffrent. Certains ont besoin de faire 40km de route, le matin et le soir.”}}”>We feel abandoned. We do not agree. This is not acceptable at all. It’s an oversight, it’s a management problem and it’s the parents who suffer. Some have to drive 40 km in the morning and evening.

Julie Charpentier Kairouz refuses to give up.

Photo: Radio Canada / Christian Milette

A mother, Laura Ramos, whose two-year-old child attends Julie Charpentier Kairouz’s private nursery, also laments these denials.

The seats are limited. I was hoping to find a place for my child. When the two [projets] were refused, it was like two punches in the stomach. It’s frustratingsays the one who now has to pay $50 a day instead of $8.70.

In a budget it makes a difference. I am thinking especially of parents with multiple children and single parents. »

A quote from Laura Ramos, mother
Laura Ramos in conversation.

Laura Ramos strongly denounced the outcome of the case.

Photo: Radio Canada

What the political parties say

In the middle of the provincial election campaign, Laura Ramos wanted to send the ball to the candidates of the five political parties by asking them to take the bull by the horns. Do you have the will to keep this promise to us? We are forgotten and at a distance. It would help us.

Radio Canada was able to speak to representatives of the five main political parties to hear their views on the issue.

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Mathieu Lacombe, Future Quebec Coalition

The Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and the Minister for Family Affairs, Mathieu Lacombe, agreed that a administrative error and all this is a shame for this citizen who submitted a project.

However, if we look at the big picture, other projects have been taken on, allowing us to offer the service to all children. Parents can find a place for their little ones in the Pontiac, just like elsewhere in the Outaouaishe assures.

Mathieu Lacombe in an interview with Radio Canada.

“If we are re-elected, all parents will have a place in Quebec [pour leur enfant]“Promises Mathieu Lacombe.

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The man trying to get a second term in driving Papineau has shown empathy for Julie Charpentier Kairouz, but he seems to be claiming there’s nothing more he can do to help her.

My role as a minister is not to defend a company, even when a mistake has been made. My role is: [de faire en sorte que] every parent can get a place. It wouldn’t be a good idea to develop more places than the community needs.

André Fortin, Quebec Liberal Party

The outgoing MP for Pontiac, André Fortin, did not hesitate to throw the first stone at the Ministère de la Famille, which does not take into account the reality of the people of the Pontiac.

The Liberal also deplores the fact that Mrs Charpentier Kairouz can no longer even complete the submitted project, especially because the department recognized that there was a need.

Portrait of André Fortin.

“The CAQ is looking at it from a distance. With numbers, if you look at it from a parent’s point of view, it doesn’t make sense’, argues André Fortin.

Photo: Radio Canada

: un enfant, une place, et le même tarif pour tout le monde.”,”text”:”Ça prend une réelle réforme du système de garderie pour que les parents aient droit à un service de garde. En ce moment, c’est la loi du plus fort. Ça ne devrait pas être comme dans le système scolaire: un enfant, une place, et le même tarif pour tout le monde.”}}”>A real reform of the childcare system is needed to give parents the right to childcare. Right now it’s the law of the strongest. It shouldn’t be like in the school system: one child, one place and the same price for everyone.

Camille Pellerin-Forget, Parti Québecois

Parti Québécois candidate in Hull, Camille Pellerin Forget, confirms that the administrative error is not not acceptable.

We can’t say one nursery in Wakefield and another in Quyon [couvre] the same area. Again, the Outaouais is Quebec’s poor relation, because we live together between the countryside and the city.

Camille Pellerin Forget, who is trying to get elected to a Liberal fortress, doesn’t mince words about the CAQ government.

Portrait of Camille Pellerin-Forget.

“We are chasing governments to make the transition,” said Camille Pellerin-Forget.

Photo: Radio Canada

CAQ pourrait simplement dire que c’est un cafouillage, on s’excuse et on rectifie le tir.”,”text”:”Des fonctionnaires dans un bureau décident qu’une installation est attribuée à un territoire alors que ce n’est pas le cas. La transparence n’est pas au rendez-vous. La CAQ pourrait simplement dire que c’est un cafouillage, on s’excuse et on rectifie le tir.”}}”>Officials in an office decide that a facility is assigned to an area when it is not. There is no transparency. The CAQ might say it’s a mess, we apologize and we’ll correct the situation.

If elected, a PQ government would solve the puzzle of the CPE and nurseries in Quebec in one mandate CPE“,”text”:”en utilisant les garderies subventionnées actuelles qu’on amènerait en transition vers un CPE”}}”>by using the current subsidized nurseries that would be transitioned to a CPEexplains the candidate.

Marie-Claude Latourelle, Quebec Solidarity

In Papineau, Québec is counting on Marie-Claude Latourelle in solidarity to win Mathieu Lacombe’s seat. His party comes up with a proposal that aims to adapt to remote areas.

According to her this is CPE should have seen the light of day, especially since the municipality supported the project. CPE pour les petits endroits. J’en ai parlé au maire de Bowman [Gaston Donovan]. Il veut un CPE, mais on lui dit qu’il n’a pas assez d’enfants. Nous, on offrirait le CPE.”,”text”:”C’est pour ça qu’on propose des micros CPE pour les petits endroits. J’en ai parlé au maire de Bowman [Gaston Donovan]. Il veut un CPE, mais on lui dit qu’il n’a pas assez d’enfants. Nous, on offrirait le CPE.”}}”>That’s why we offer microphones CPE for small places. I spoke to the mayor of Bowman [Gaston Donovan]. he wants a CPE, but he is told that he does not have enough children. We offer the CPE.

Portrait of Marie-Claude Latourelle.

“Work-family balance is one of our proposals,” said Marie-Claude Latourelle, QS candidate.

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Terrence Watters, Conservative Party of Quebec

The Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) candidate in Pontiac’s driving, Terrence Watters, believes that this is a situation that could have been avoided. He calls her a deplorable.

Charpentier Kairouz avait un beau projet. Qu’un autre ait été octroyé à Wakefield, alors que c’est géographiquement très distancé… Notre gouvernement amènerait un système différent qui ne laisserait plus pour compte les 50000enfants.”,”text”:”MmeCharpentier Kairouz avait un beau projet. Qu’un autre ait été octroyé à Wakefield, alors que c’est géographiquement très distancé… Notre gouvernement amènerait un système différent qui ne laisserait plus pour compte les 50000enfants.”}}”>Mrs. Charpentier Kairouz had a great project. That another was awarded to Wakefieldwhile geographically far behind… Our government would introduce another system that would not leave the 50,000 children behind.

Portrait of Terrence Watters.

“The CPEs are a very good model,” said Terrence Watters, a father of two herself.

Photo: Radio Canada

Mr Watters reiterated an important element of the platform of the PCQwhich plans to provide immediate assistance to parents through a $200 per week per child voucher.

Pierre Cyr, of the Green Party of Quebec

Quebec Green Party candidate in Pontiac, Pierre Cyr, contacted Radio-Canada to share his stance on the dossier: I believe that the file should be immediately re-evaluated by government officials in order to approve the opening of these childcare places as soon as possible or not.

this is my dream

Despite everything, Julie Charpentier Kairouz does not intend to sit still. His profession is his passion. His driving force is caring for the children whose parents entrust him with custody. So she refuses to give up.

She recalls a press conference on October 21 where outgoing Prime Minister François Legault, accompanied by Mathieu Lacombe, expressed his openness to new projects. The entrepreneur even goes so far as to challenge Mr. Legault.

I invited him to visit me to see the project for himself. He can call me if he wants. If he tells me to start today, I start today. That’s exactly what I’m waiting for.

With information from Christian Milette and Julien David-Pelletier

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