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Marois: Values Charter Will Help Bring Harmony To Quebec

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Premier Pauline Marois denies the proposed values charter is part of an attempt to drum up support for Quebec independence — and instead ...

The Marois Government Needs To Stop Hiding Behind Doublespeak

Stephane Dion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

The Marois government's double-speak must be denounced, and its objective understood: getting the Superior Court to validate Bill 99 on the grounds that the Bill does not stipulate a right to secede unilaterally, and then triumphantly trumpeting everywhere that the Court's validation of Bill 99 confirms such a right.

Our Nation's Businesses Suffer From Canadian Disease

Diane Francis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

In competitiveness, Canada did not even make this year's World Economic Form list of the 10 most competitive nations in the world. The problem is that Canada is badly managed politically. In fact politicians run the show and have balkanised the economy to suit their political agendas.

Quebec Energy Policy: The Need for a Balanced Energy Diet

Michael Binnion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

The Quebec Government announced that it will update its energy policy. Public consultations are already underway. The Government also announced a commission to study ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Breakup Rules Divide Harper Cabinet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - A split has emerged in the Harper government over a fundamental principle: the rules governing the potential breakup of Canada.The Conserva...

Education Can Solve Quebec's Language Debate

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Nishaan Sharma

The PQ should focus on using education to preserve its culture and language. Almost 80 per cent of Quebecers identify themselves as Francophone. Thus, it's a failure of education when someone who was born, raised and educated in Montreal tells you that he moved to Toronto because it's impossible to find a job in Montreal. The issue should not be that French was required of them but that, over the course of their educational career, they were not properly taught the language and its value -- economic and cultural. The new Ontarians will not phrase it this way, of course.

'Would You Live By A Gas Well?' - The Ultimate 'Gotcha!' Question

Michael Binnion | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

The question 'would you live by a gas well' is designed to be a 'gotcha' question. The presumption that oil and gas people who obviously understand their own industry best, would therefore never live by an oil and gas well. It is another example of the gross misunderstanding our industry has allowed to perpetuate in Quebec and elsewhere.

French in 30 days

Michael Binnion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

I learned French in 30 days. Well not really. It's probably fairer to say I'm still trying to perfect my English. Over two years ago I embarked on a tour of Quebec to give translated presentations on our industry to what was then quite a hostile population. Unexpectedly these presentations, while emotionally draining, were surprisingly effective.

Quebec Calls Out Russia Over Greenpeace Arrests

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Quebec is wading into international waters, calling out the Russian government in the case of Greenpeace activists arrested during a protes...

Quebec Asks Russia For Clemency In Greenpeace Arrests

CBC | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada

The Quebec government is calling on Russian authorities to release the Greenpeace activists. Jean-François Lisée last night attended a of the gro...

Political Signs and Religious Symbols: A Dangerous Analogy

Stephane Dion | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

Our public servants are already subject to a code of ethics that requires them to not make decisions based on religious prejudice (as well as gender, race, or sexual orientation). The Marois government says it is not enough and wants government employees to hide their affiliation with a particular religion. This idea is not only flawed, but it lacks core empirical proof to justify its existence.


CBC | Posted 11.28.2013 | Canada

The Quebec employment ministry has mistakenly sent duplicate welfare cheques to thousands of recipients, due to what it called an "unfortunate operati...

Chromeo, Montreal's Arab/Jewish Electro Duo, Talk Charter Of Values

HuffPost Canada Music | Benjamin Boles | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada Music

Chromeo sometimes describe themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture," but the Montreal electro funk ...

I'm an Atheist Who Hates Quebec's Secularism

Toula Drimonis | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

I'm an atheist and a feminist, who is, in theory, 100 per cent in agreement with separation of church and state, yet dislikes everything about this Charter. To many, this appears to be contradictory. How, you ask, can an atheist not be in favour of secularism? How, you ask, can a feminist, not be in favour of women's liberation and freedom; the right not to wear a restrictive piece of patriarchy-imposed clothing like the hijab? For the simple reason that the Charter of Quebec Values has absolutely nothing to do with those two issues.

Harper's Huge Political Blunder

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Prime Minister Harper is often viewed by his many supporters and critics as a calculating political strategist with great political instincts. But here is a case, where Harper's acute political instincts have failed him badly. Harper has permitted his Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to revive Flaherty's all-consuming goal of creating a single federal securities regulator. Accordingly, Harper has committed an enormous political blunder.

Pro-Values Charter Rally Draws Hundreds Of Supporters

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Supporters of Quebec's charter of values numbered in the hundreds as they descended on downtown Montreal calling for a secular state and ur...

Amnesty International Slams Charter

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Amnesty International is wading into the debate over Quebec's controversial charter of values, arguing that the plan would limit "fundament...

How Quebec's Charter Can Bring Canada Closer Together

Deborah Coyne | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The divisive PQ secularism initiative in fact provides our national leadership with a valuable opportunity to invite Quebecers to engage with all other Canadians in a broader debate -- one that brings us together to confront the challenges of the 21st century and build a country that matches our highest aspirations for the future.

Secularism and Canada's Divided Left

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

There are many differences between the platonic idea of secularism and the secularist statute proposed last week in Quebec. These differences will doubtless count against the Charter of Values, especially in English Canada, where a discrete conception of religious freedom and suspicions of sovereigntist motivations have elicited much scepticism.

Secularism Is Not Homogeneity: Why We Must Oppose the Quebec Charter of Values

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Nishaan Sharma

Dearest comrade, You may have noticed that amid the babbling and gurgling emanating from Quebec City these days one often hears mention of secularis...

PQ Open To 'Improving' Values Charter

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The Parti Quebecois says it could amend its controversial values charter based on public input it receives before submitting the minority-a...

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

What You Should Know About Quebec's Proposed Law on Secularism

Carissima Mathen | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Carissima Mathen

Lots of ink has been spilled this week about the proposed Quebec secular values law that would prevent a large category of government workers from wearing "conspicuous" religious symbols. Like many others, I think the proposed law is deeply problematic. In reading and thinking about this issue, I've noticed some recurring questions. Below, I've gathered a few of them with my thoughts.

Why the Quebec Charter of Values may just save Canada: Part 1 of 2

Abi Paul | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Abi Paul

During my several visits to Quebec, I have been spit upon, hurled insults at my face, not served at restaurants, and ticketed by traffic police for driving while being Ontarian. I do not speak French and I am not a Francophone. If my experience of Quebec ended with just this story, and with the recent developments of the minority Parti Québécois proposed plan to introduce the Charter of Values as law in Quebec, I would not be hard pressed to imagine the people of Quebec to be one of the most bigoted and unfriendly specimens of the human race the world has ever seen. But I love Quebec.

What Harper Had To Say About Quebec's Values Charter

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has predicted that the Parti Quebecois' controversial values charter will fail because of opposition within Quebec.The p...