Entries by Rachel Décoste from 09/2012

Why Immigrating to Quebec Might Become Tres Difficile

| Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada Politics

Jean-François Lisée, star candidate of the Parti Québécois divulged the PQ's vision of "maintaining a majority of native French-speaking citizens on Island of Montreal." That means a PQ government would favour an immigrant from Bordeaux, France, who speaks French at home, over a French-speaking Shanghai immigrant wishing to settle in La Belle Province.

Alberta & Ontario Rejected Intolerance, Why Did Québec Embrace it?

| Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Politics

Over the last year, the provinces of Ontario, Alberta and Québec were called to renew their representatives in their respective provincial legislatures. But Contrary to the trend in Ontario and Alberta, where the revelation of a candidate's bias would stain a campaign, Parti Québecois rose in the polls following the aforementioned disturbing disclosures, and even managed to win a minority government.

How Much Does it Cost to be a Liberal These Days?

| Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Politics

The first impediment to ascension the Ol' Boys' Club -- or the Liberal Party -- has imposed is a hefty $75,000 entry fee to run for Party Leader. That's 65 per cent more than the national income average or what most of us call "a small fortune." Is this a way for a third place party to renew interest with the Canadian people? A party that's lost its compass is doomed to lose the legions voters who have strayed outside the once broad LPC umbrella.

The Wimpy Numbers Behind Kenney's "Great Immigration Crackdown?"

| Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada Politics

On Monday, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney announced that the federal government had started the process of revoking the citizenship of 3,100 people suspected of lying to immigration officials in a highly publicized press conference.Fiscally conscious Canadians, who appreciate arithmetic, can see through this ideological contrivance.

There's Nothing "Cost-Saving" about the Fed's British Obsession

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Politics

Minister Baird and British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced plans on Monday to merge British and Canadian embassies. To be precise, Minister Baird framed the suspicious measure as sharing. Reminiscent of the Napster file-sharing tool online, the open exchange of diplomatic duties across international jurisdictions does not inspire confidence. The idea, packaged and sold to Canadians as a cost-saving measure, flies in the face of common sense and gives off a hint of hypocrisy to a government saddled with billion dollar boondoggles in the form of G20 Summit and the never-ending money pit labeled the F-35 jets.

La francophonie affaiblie au fédéral

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Quebec

Dans la Chambre des communes, la rareté du français parlée dans les rangs des conservateurs parle d'elle-même. Après presque sept ans au pouvoir, on se désole du nombre de députés conservateurs qui ont pris la peine d'apprendre la langue de Moliere. Le message, quant à lui, ne requiert point de traduction. Le français, on s'en sacre comme l'an quarante.

L'accouplement avec les ambassades du Royaume-Uni: rien à voir avec les épargnes fiscales!

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada Quebec

L'engouement britannique de M. Baird a dégénéré quand son manque de jugement s'est propagé à la sérieuse question de la politique étrangère. Le ministre Baird et son homologue britannique William Hague ont annoncé plus tôt cette semaine leur intention de fusionner les ambassades britanniques et canadiennes.

Harper Flubs Foreign Affairs File -- Again

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making a trip to New York this week, but it isn't to attend a United Nations meeting to which Canada was extended an invitation. The Prime Minister will instead be in the glitzy hotel, where he is due to receive an award from the little-known Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an interfaith partnership of corporate and religious leaders. Between the successive fossil awards for environmental savagery and the unfortunate de-funding of reproductive health in foreign aid, the Harper government continues to slide Canada's international influence down to the gutter.