The situation facing Québec society and families

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The situation facing Québec society and families

The daycare program has become a matter of entitlement, and it would be difficult to undo the program at this point. That said, there are ways to ensure that parents have control over where they send their children. Province-wide standards and regulation could continue to govern daycares while at the same time, parents could receive money in their pockets to choose where to place their children, be it in a daycare centre or with family. Either way, the quality of Québec daycare must rise if there are to be any benefits for children associated with the program at all.

In short, there are real reasons to be concerned about the sustainability of family programs as they currently run in Québec. Without substantial fiscal restructuring, the province may not be able to afford to maintain the extensive social benefits it currently offers families.

Strong families provide a very good social safety net; where families fail it is very difficult to overcome the resulting deficits. While cohabiting families do not constitute a failure, they are a relationship of a different calibre from marriage and public policy in Québec and across Canada would do well to take note of this.

Still, as we hear through the voice of Carole Cardinal, there are many Québecers who love their province and are committed to bringing about positive change. Parents are more committed to raising their children well within the constructs of the province. This is a huge positive, since it is individuals within families who have the power to create lasting change in communities. It has been said that no policy win is eternal, no defeat everlasting, and such is also the case for Québec.

Table des matières

A Québec family portrait

Indice de fécondité et qualité de l’éducation

Positive trends

Québec’s fertility rate is increasing – INDICE DE FÉCONDITÉ

Québec’s education outcomes – QUALITÉ DE L’ÉDUCATION

Croissance par endettement

Québec weathered the recent recession better than other provinces:

Croissance par endettement

Les taux d’impôts et de taxes sont élevés

Worrisome trends

Tax rates are high:

Marriage rates are low:

Cohabitation rates are high relative to other provinces and countries:

A “demographic winter” is coming - Une démographie catastrophique

A “demographic winter” is coming:

Personne active du Québec

Québec Droite sans lunette rose

Solde migratoire

Les québécois prennent leurs retraites plus tôt,

Seuil critique, peut-être 2020 ?

Building Québec’s welfare state

Building Québec’s welfare state – the historical background

Economic and tax issues: Funding the system

The Québec tax system

Transfer payments is not sustainable over the long term

Transfer payments

Ce que les Anglais pensent du Québec


La contestation

1. Programmes trop généreux

2. Ne règle pas les problèmes économiques

3. La crise économique, elle est de plus en plus contestée

Québec’s growing public debt

Québec - Budget 2011 : Dette publique

Family policy overview

The initial phase: Pre-1997

1997 and beyond

Une politique familiale inefficace et coûteuse.

The addition of parental insurance in 2006 – Congés parentaux

Les congés parentaux un programme ruineux

Les coûts :

Les résultats :

Qui en profite ?

Les conséquences :

Examining the impact of Québec family policy Fertility – Politique familliale

Universal childcare program might wish to avoid

Daycare quality – Garderies - CPE

Historique des CPE

2006, Étude sur les Garderies Universels

Les CPE ont échoué sur le plan pédagogique... comportemental et démographique

Les motivations et conséquences économiques des garderies à 7 $

Working in Québec

La liberté économique de plus en plus restreinte

High school dropout rates

Relationships and family form


The situation facing Québec society and families

The Québec story: Short term gain/long term pain?


La source du problème

Politiciens ayant un sens moral douteux

Acheter des votes

Le cancer de la démocratie : les groupes d’intérêts

L’historique Québécoise

L’immobilisme du Québec

A quand le mur?