(Quebec) Couillard The government already runs at idle for several weeks. It will be paralyzed in two weeks if the lawyers and notaries perform the general strike mandate they gave yesterday to the leaders of their association.
Only half of the 1,100 lawyers and notaries have voted to strike – 84% of the 600 who have exercised their right to vote. But the impact of this “general strike” set to begin on October 24 will be dramatic for the functioning of the unit. “The government will be semi-paralyzed,” says M e Jean Denis, president of the Association of Lawyers and Notaries of the Quebec state.
Sources in the government are more categorical. Already for weeks, the machine is idle because of dissatisfaction lawyers. The Legislation Committee, the obligatory passage of all legislation, is like a mill that has nothing to grind for a while. The priority of the government dithers committee to decide on the measures to be taken on dangerous dogs, and the monthly forum of deputy ministers met last week to hear a presentation could not be more general first official Roberto Iglesias .
Bills that were to be tabled this fall, and that may be carried forward, are numerous and important.
Already, lawyers pressure tactics have meant that most bills are not even out of their ministry, and are far from having reached the skewer ministerial committees.
An ambitious reform of the Code of road safety was on the menu, with new provisions for cyclists and a series of requests from (SAAQ). For Transport, again, the SAAQ awaiting approval Counsel for accounting reform needed to avoid a technical deficit.
As for Finances, a bill was tabled, an omnibus measure to implement the measures in the last budget.
Rita de Santis was to file this fall a major reform of the Access to Information Act. The Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, has also submitted several projects currently in departmental committees.
The Municipal engorged
But it is especially the side of Minister Martin Coiteux the rub. The City of Montreal is constantly adding applications to the bill on the metropolis as the Minister of Municipal Affairs intended to file quickly. He believed even able to adopt it before the holidays.
Another project in limbo: a measure the “proximity” for municipalities and recently promised to the Congress of the Quebec Federation of Municipalities.
Mr. Coiteux promised to place the beginning of the parliamentary session the bill on dangerous dogs, aroused by the controversy surrounding the pitbulls in Montreal. Nothing came of his ministry yet.
The electrical Caisse train project requires significant legislative changes; Currently, a city can not inject money to the infrastructure it does not own, a beautiful puzzle to be submitted to lawyers, provided of course they are at work.
In agriculture, it is the key to a pesticide bill and use of GMOs.
Labor, is no longer working precisely on a draft law on health and safety work in relation to air quality.
And the bills already filed?
State lawyers can delay the progress of a project already submitted to the National Assembly law. In this sense, they must provide what the amendments likely to ask a parliamentary committee. Otherwise they risk committing a contempt of Parliament.
But these bills will require that upon adoption technical regulations always be ready. This is the case of provisions to implement the 62 bills on religious neutrality, on thanatologues 66, 108 of the Financial Markets Authority, 109 in Quebec City and 106 on Energy Policy. The new powers, many of which the Minister of Transport should have in the wake of the taxi Act also require a lot of regulatory work.
The Association believes have enough financial resources to go on strike for nearly a month. In 2011, the government had decreed the conditions of work of lawyers, whose collective agreement expired in April 2015. They claim that a referee, they would choose together with Quebec, may decide regarding their working conditions – their average salary is $ 106,000 and can reach $ 124,000 for a 35-hour week. They believe deserve the same treatment as Crown prosecutors and obtained an opinion from the former Liberal minister Benoît Pelletier, who recognizes them the same responsibilities.