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Official launch of the Legault Polimeter: 251 promises to track

Québec City, November 29, 2018—Will the Legault government succeed in doing politics differently? Will it fulfill all its promises? To help answer these questions, the Center for Public Policy Analysis at Université Laval’s Faculty of Social Sciences launched the Legault Polimeter earlier today. After tracking the electoral promises of both the Marois and Couillard governments, the Polimeter is now in its third edition. This is the first time the Polimeter team will track a political party that has never been in power before.

The Polimeter team identified 251 promises in the CAQ electoral platform from the documents posted on the party’s website during the last election. The researchers will monitor their implementation in real time over the next four years, with the aim of providing citizens, the media and researchers with user-friendly access to transparent and reliable political information.

The Polimeter team will regularly update the results to take into account the new actions undertaken by this first Caquist government. Over the next four years, each promise will be described as “kept”, “kept in part or in the works”, “broken” or “not yet rated”. Each verdict will be supported by a quote from government press releases, laws, and other official or journalistic sources. The results, as well as information on the methodology, can be found at

At the time of the launch, the Polimeter team had classified 242 promises as “not yet rated”, 7 as “in the works” and 2 as “kept”. “The CAQ pledged to ensure gender parity in its first cabinet. This is the first kept promise of the Legault government,” noted Lisa Birch, Associate Professor and Director General of the Center for Public Policy Analysis at Université Laval. Noting that the CAQ did not include a specific promise concerning the idea of returning Hydro-Québec’s overpayments to the pockets of families in its platform or in its financial framework, Lisa Birch warns: “To have a better idea of what the political parties will do or not once in power, citizens should consult the platforms of political parties.”

The total number of promises identified by the Polimeter Team differs from those presented in some media sources following the election. Le Devoir counted 117 promises and L’Actualitéidentified 100, while Radio-Canada presented 14 files on various CAQ commitments without counting the promises. These differences are explained by the methodology used: the Polimeter team compiled exhaustively all the promises found in the CAQ’s electoral platform whereas the journalistic compilations seem to focus on the most prominent promises in the media coverage during the election campaign.

The Polimeter team is financed by a research grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture.

Lisa Birch
Center for Public Policy Analysis 
Faculty of Social Sciences
Université Laval

Jean-François Huppé
Media Relations
Université Laval