Today there are over 270,000 jobs to be filled. The workforce shortage is holding back our economy. In spite of all that, François Legault continues to deny its existence. He even recently told us it was “une mosusse de bonne affaire” (a really good thing). Meanwhile, our workers and entrepreneurs are in despair.
All solutions must be on the table in order to help businesses that are looking to recruit staff and to meet the demands of the public sector which is struggling to provide services to the population. That includes greater contributions from experienced workers. . Unfortunately, they often believe that there is no financial benefit to remaining on, or returning to, the labour market.
A real solution to this issue is to offer experienced workers financial incentives. With that in mind, a Liberal government will put the following measures forward:
- Increase the basic tax exemption for workers aged 65 and up from $15,000 to $30,000. That could represent as much as $2,000 directly into their pockets.
- Halt contributions to the Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) for workers aged 62 and up, with no impact on the pension they will receive upon retirement. This could translate to up to $3,000 for an employee and $6,000 for an individual who is self-employed.
While François Legault puts his head in the sand and denies the workforce shortage altogether, the Quebec Liberal Party is finding real solutions. With 271,000 positions currently available, the CAQ’s inaction is holding back Quebec’s entire economy. The real party of the economy is the one that is taking action to counter the workforce shortage crisis, it’s the Quebec Liberal Party.
-Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party