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His arrest is allegedly linked to a probe into illegal financing in the Liberal party.
Odds of pipeline being built now 3-to-1 against, CIBC says.
The ex-Quebec premier is puzzled by the Bombardier delay.
On leadership and trade issues, specifically.
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"He was a man from the regions but also a man from the city so he could talk to all Quebecers from all walks of life."
Two decades after the last Quebec referendum, sovereignty is still standing.
Jean Charest has ended speculation that he might be a candidate to replace outgoing Conservative leader Stephen Harper. "I will not be a candidate to succeed Mr. Harper. I am very happy with my new l...
MONTREAL - Former Quebec premier Jean Charest is denying a report linking him to a political fundraising scheme with engineering giant SNC-Lavalin in the year before he took office.Charest, who was pr...
EDMONTON — Thomas Mulcair is looking to his and former Quebec premier Jean Charest’s past to plot out the NDP’s election strategy for 2015. Mulcair plans to mimic Charest’s winning 2003 provincial ele...
Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest says he wants to put an end to any speculation that he might return to political life — on either a provincial or federal level. “There is no one who sees me return...
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Jean Charest won't rule out returning to politics and running for the federal Conservatives someday. But, then again, the former Quebec premier suggested Thursday such a move would be unlikely. Chares...
QUEBEC - The Liberal government has dismissed a report into the 2012 Quebec student unrest, suggesting it was little more than a political tool by the preceding Parti Quebecois government.The report l...
MONTREAL - A former prime minister and an ex-Quebec premier say they don't think the Senate expenses scandal is a good enough reason to get rid of the upper chamber.Senate abolition and reform was jus...
SAINT-FELICIEN, Que. - Jean Charest has denied ever receiving a $3,000 cheque from a lobbyist when he was premier, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said Wednesday.Charest's name has surfaced for the...
MONTREAL - Like so many other courtships throughout history, this one began with a little embellishment on the first date.Jean Charest has described in an interview with The Canadian Press how he purs...
Over five years ago, I proposed to then European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, that Europe and Canada enter into negotiations for the creation of a broad economic partnership between Canada and the EU. This agreement could break new ground by providing provisions, even if modest, in terms of labour mobility.
Former Quebec Premier Jean Charest and an unlikely Republican politician-turned-environmentalist are among the people predicting that Canada will eventually see a national tax on carbon. Though the Co...
CP UPDATE: Philippe Couillard chosen to replace Jean Charest as Quebec Liberal leader. MONTREAL - Quebec Liberals are getting set to choose their new leader at a convention today in Montreal.Former p...
MONTREAL - Former Quebec premier Jean Charest took a final bow on the political stage on Saturday by making a passionate plea for national unity and reminding Canadians how important the province is t...
After the second protest in the last two weeks following a provincial summit on higher education, everything about Montreal's current spring weather seemed to have year-old Maple Spring undertones to it, including violence, arrests and injuries. The plight of student debt, post graduation underemployment, and rising housing costs are all unarguably quite legitimate burdens faced by my generation. Will free tuition as demanded by the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) and its followers solve these zeitgeist conundrums? Unlikely.
The three candidates for Quebec's Liberal Party leadership took part in the second of five debates to determine who will succeed Jean Charest. The theme of today's debate was "how to better govern?"...
MONTREAL - The three candidates vying for the leadership of the Quebec Liberals offered up proposals aimed at reviving the party during a debate in Montreal.Philippe Couillard, Raymond Bachand and Pie...
MONTREAL - Jean Charest, who made the Quebec economy his priority during his nine years as premier, settled into a new career Thursday specializing in business law.Charest, who last worked as a lawyer...
You wouldn't ever want to answer your front door to find Wendy Mesley holding a microphone there -- right next to a CBC camera flashing its little red light. Last Sunday, some of the old pre-perky Mesley came back. The following is the last part of of Mesley's interview with Jacques Duchesneau, the former Montreal police chief.
QUEBEC - The new Parti Quebecois government is promising to pick a fight with Ottawa over federal payments, arguing the province is on track to be shortchanged by $15 billion.In tabling its budget Tue...
QUEBEC - It may not have been his number one job choice, but former Quebec premier Jean Charest has decided to return to practising law.Sources tell The Canadian Press that Charest will likely accept...
Why is it that some in the Liberal Party of Canada are using the disturbing and polarizing language of ageism? It has become open season on the "old guard". Older people seem to be framed as out of touch and constitutionally unable to cope with change.
Of course, fresh thinking and new energy is indeed vital to any organization. However, "fresh" doesn't necessarily mean young. To me, "new" and "fresh" has nothing to do with age and everything to do with mindset, values and sincerity of purpose.
MONTREAL - The underworld will be placed under the microscope this fall when Quebec's corruption inquiry begins probing links between the construction industry and organized crime.The inquiry head als...
"Never, never will I accept that Quebec is associated with violence," Quebec Premier-elect Pauline Marois declared in the wake of the recent election night shooting.Mme. Marois is not alone. Across the country, elected officials and pundits of all political stripes tell us that Canada is a "peaceable kingdom." The reality is quite different and it is a subject which we have been reluctant to even broach, let alone discuss.
If ever it really did look like Québec was coming close to separation, I'd move back in a flash. There'd be no way I'd let the province secede and me be without my home and the Péquistes without the thorn of me in their side. I'd also be there because I like what Québeckers are demanding.
But separation isn't going to happen. Québeckers want a better society, a better representation of their views. We could do worse than look for an example to a territory that, using whatever tools circumstances have placed in its reach, demands the change that elections can bring.
The brilliance of the result of the Quebec election is in the rejection of the government without any real endorsement of the Parti Quebecois or its program. The apparent, emergent premier, the desperately unimpressive Pauline Marois, a bag lady where some distinguished statesmen have preceded her, is, politically speaking, a prisoner in her own body.
The PQ barely squeezed ahead of the Liberals, in votes and parliamentary strength, while fudging whether they would even hold a referendum on an ambiguous question. This is a cruel, vegetative state for Ms. Marois, a strident separatist. This brilliant election changed governments without breaking any furniture or burning any bridges.
Last night during Pauline Marois' victory speech a tragic shooting left us all speechless. This is the moment where one needs to pause, not the moment to start pointing fingers at whomever or whatever. It is the moment where we must stop, take a step back from the electoral fervor, forget our political and historic baggage to mourn the death of an innocent man who was only doing his job, who wasn't even there for a political rally, but simply to earn a living.