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Over 2 billion dollars of additional revenue per year… (30 seconds ad)
Over 2 billion dollars of additional revenue per year…

That is the minimum amount that would be generated, immediately and repeatedly, by the ideas put forward in our campaign.

Many of you supported us, saying our solutions just make sense. These sums would be in addition to the tens of billions of dollars proposed by others, including government economists.

The ball is now in the Charest government’s court… so they have plenty of choices for their upcoming budget.

Dr Barrette, pourquoi vous mêlez-vous de finances publiques? (In French – 30 seconds ad
Le problème des finances publiques en est un de chiffres et nous avons tous le devoir de participer au débat. Par notre campagne, nous avons décidé de nous adresser à vous directement.

Nous proposons des mesures qui visent des produits de luxe ou superflus, ainsi que des situations anormales à corriger.

Ces actions généreraient des revenus additionnels considérables pour le gouvernement. Ne vaut-il pas la peine de s’y arrêter?

All you really want, Dr. Barrette, is for Doctors to be better paid. (30 seconds ad)
Together, we have some difficult choices to make. We need to control our expenses, cut back the debt and, in spite of everything, increase revenues.

What we’re proposing are measures that are applicable right now, without any négative economic impact, without affecting your standard of living. With the solutions put forward by government economists…

…we can at the same time balance our public finances, bring down the debt AND pay appropriately, ALL professionals in the public sector.

Dr Barrette, vous croyez vraiment possible de récupérer autant de millions de dollars? (In French – 30 seconds ad)
La question n’est pas de savoir le nombre exact de millions que le gouvernement peut récupérer, mais plutôt de reconnaître qu’il y a des millions, voire des milliards de dollars disponibles maintenant.

Nous sommes plusieurs à avoir proposé des idées pour aller chercher cet argent. Si elles ne sont pas toutes faciles à appliquer…

…on ne nous fera certainement pas croire qu’il n’y a pas d’idées que l’on puisse appliquer maintenant!

Dr Barrette, la santé ne représente-t-elle pas une partie trop importante du budget du Québec? (In French – 30 seconds ad)
La santé c’est un investissement, pas une dépense! C’est un formidable instrument de redistribution de richesse et un intégrateur social.

La santé, c’est aussi la recherche et le développement économique. Ou encore la recherche académique de pointe. C’est le rayonnement du Québec à l’étranger.

En santé, l’expertise de tous les professionnels a un prix équitable.

Dr Barrette, why the signature expertisehasaprice.com? (30 seconds ad)
Because the question of public finance covers the payment of all experts working in the public sector : ourselves, but also nurses, teachers and all the other professionals.

If people are curious, we invite them to consult our website where all our proposals are documented.

The point of our campaign is to incite a debate about these ideas, not their authors.

Dr. Barrette, you are taking on subjects that have nothing to do with health! (30 seconds ad)
Medical specialists are all tax payers and are as concerned as you about the financial problems our province is facing.

We don’t pretend to have the perfect solution to help Quebec out of this financial stalemate, but our suggestions are a step in the right direction.

Whatever the chosen methods, the government must make decisions now, face up to these issues and acknowledge the expertise of all it’s professionals.

Reactions Man Energy Hungry (30 seconds ad)
You’ve probably seen one of these messages that everybody has been talking about…

The price of electricity supplied to major energy-consuming companies in Quebec is lower than anywhere else. However, by imposing an increase of one penny per kWh, the Charest government could easily replenish its coffers.

As you can see, there is no shortage of ideas and logical economic solutions that are easy to apply. This is a good initiative that would generate new revenues to the Charest government. Why should we turn it down? Everyone’s a winner.

Reactions Woman Water within industrial process (30 seconds ad)
You’ve probably seen one of these messages on TV or on the Internet…

Here in Quebec, our manufacturing companies use 46% of our water, but do not pay a penny, while elsewhere in Canada that water must be paid for.

These facts inspire me. That means that the Charest government does have other resources available so they can stop saying : We have no money… This measure and many others would finally allow us to generate new sources of revenue so we can create a healthy Quebec.

Reactions Woman Junk Food (30 seconds ad)
You’ve probably seen one of these messages on TV or on the Internet…

The creation of a « preventive health » tax of 15 % on junk food, based on the type of product, could yield up to 350 million $ per year into Government reserves.

These facts inspire me. That means that the Charest government does have other resources available so they can stop saying : We have no money… This measure and many others would finally allow us to generate new sources of revenue so we can create a healthy Quebec.

Reactions Man 500 ml bottles of water (30 seconds ad)
You’ve probably seen one of these messages that everyone has been talking about…

Do you know how many 500 ml bottles of water are sold each year in Quebec? 1 billion! By applying a 20 cent tax on each bottle, which is a luxury product after all, the Charest government will collect $ 200 million per year.

As you can see, there is no shortage of ideas and logical economic solutions that are easy to apply. This is a good initiative that would generate new revenues to the Charest government. Why should we turn it down?

Exportation d’eau douce (15 seconds teaser – in French)
Selon l’Institut économique de Montréal, en exportant 10 % de nos mille milliards de mètres cube d’eau douce renouvelable et en exigeant une redevance de 65 ¢ par mètre cube, cela pourrait rapporter des revenus supplémentaires de 65 milliards de dollars par année.

Junk Food (15 seconds teaser)
By applying a ‘preventive health’ tax of 15% on junk food – non-essential products such as sodas, chips and candies – we could contribute up to 350 million dollars per year to government coffers.

Construction des routes (15 seconds teaser – in French)
Selon Transport Canada, construire 1 kilomètre de route en 2008 coûtait 36 % plus cher au Québec. En milieu urbain, c’est  46 % de plus que la moyenne canadienne! Combien de milliards de dollars payés en trop?

500 ml bottles of water (15 seconds teaser)
Do you know how many 500 ml bottles of water are sold each year in Quebec? 1 billion! By applying a 20 cent tax on each bottle, which is a luxury product after all, the Charest government would collect 200 millions dollars per year.

Energy Hungry (15 seconds teaser)
The price of electricity supplied to major energy-consuming companies in Quebec is lower than anywhere else. However, by imposing an increase of one penny per kWh, the Charest government could bring a sum of dollars 706 million more into the Treasury.

Loi sur les mines(15 seconds teaser – in French)
En appliquant simplement la Loi actuelle sur les mines, le gouvernement Charest serait en droit d’exiger en redevances 12 % des profits des sociétés minières… 2 milliards de dollars entre 2002 et 2008 au lieu des 259 millions qui ont été versés!

Médicaments génériques (15 seconds teaser – in French)
Le Québec paie trop cher ses médicaments génériques dans le cadre de son régime public. En s’inspirant de la politique d’achat de l’Ontario ou de l’Alberta, il pourrait économiser plus de 300 millions de dollars par année.

Eau embouteillée – grands formats (15 seconds teaser – in French)
Quelque 130 millions de contenants d’eau de plus de 500 ml sont vendus chaque année au Québec. Une taxe de 15 % sur chaque contenant de ce produit de luxe rapporterait environ 50 millions de dollars au gouvernement.

Water within industrial process (15 seconds teaser)
The Charest government has to fix a realistic charge for manufacturing companies that use 46% of our water but do not pay a penny, while elsewhere, in Ontario and British-Columbia for example, it is understood that water must be paid for.

Mines abandonnées (15 seconds teaser – in Frenchs)
En forçant les compagnies minières à décontaminer les sites qu’elles ont abandonnés, ça éviterait aux Québécois de payer les 264 millions de dollars que le gouvernement Charest a prévu utiliser d’ici 2017 pour faire cette tâche à leur place.

 

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