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It's Time We Get Over Jacques Parizeau's "Money and Ethnic Vote" Comment

Jacques Parizeau was a passionate and principled man who believed in Quebec's independence, but he was at times a divisive politician. Judging by the many hateful comments I saw last night, his "money and the ethnic vote" speech after the razor-thin Quebec independence referendum loss in 1995 will continue to haunt his legacy. The over-the-top indignation I'm seeing from some is getting on my nerves. Is that one sentence from 20 years ago the only thing some of you can remember from his entire political legacy? Parizeau was so much more than just a rant, more than just one ugly moment in time.
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PQ Makes Surprising Admission

QUEBEC - The former Parti Quebecois government admitted Thursday it never asked the Justice Department whether its proposed values charter would survive a legal or constitutional challenge.The propose...
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Why the Future of the PQ Lies With Quebec City

Marois seemed panicky in attacking Couillard Tuesday at a press conference in Verdun, and in a seemingly desperate attempt, brought up Arthur Porter and Couillard's apparent close connection. The PQ is apparently planning on phasing Marois out of their election strategy, by replacing her with the more popular Bernard Drainville and his baby; la charte.
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No Turbans on TV: Have News Anchors Failed Democracy?

Recently, a former Quebec journalist argued that Canada's mainstream broadcasters were hypocritical for seeming to lend a sympathetic ear to those opposing the proposed Charter of Values. "Not a kippa, hijab, cross or turban in sight. Religious symbols are, quite simply, not part of the TV news uniform; never have been," wrote Micheal Dean in the Globe and Mail. And while he's right in that there are few Canadian journalists sporting symbols of their faith, the premise for his argument needs to be turned on its head. Rather than justify the Parti Québécois's bid to limit freedom of religion in its public institutions, the media's lack of representation of diverse communities must be called out for what it is: a letdown for democracy.

Five Reasons You Need to Fear the PQ

They want to control what you wear. Yes, I'm talking about the Quebec Charter of Values. It will allow the state to tell you what you can and cannot wear as well as what you can and cannot say. As one Prince Arthur Herald editorial also described, it won't only affect people who are religious.
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IT'S ON

MONTREAL - Quebecers will go the polls next month with the Parti Quebecois chasing a majority government that could eventually march the province toward another independence referendum.Premier Pauline...
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PQ Open To 'Improving' Values Charter

MONTREAL - The Parti Quebecois says it could amend its controversial values charter based on public input it receives before submitting the minority-accommodation plan to the legislature.The comments...
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She Has Reason To Smile

QUEBEC - The Parti Quebecois' controversial charter of values has received the staunch support of an influential backer: a union representing the province's civil servants.The SFPQ union, which has 42...
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The PQ Wants to Force Religious Quebecers Into The Closet

The so-called "charter of values" being contemplated by our provincial government would make a mockery of the free and open society that many of Quebec's nationalist leaders have been promoting for decades. It would force religious Quebecers "into the closet", and send the message that religious adherence is something to be ashamed of. Moreover, if religious symbols are barred from the public sphere, they and those who wear them will be rendered even more foreign and separate from the majority. Far from encouraging integration, therefore, such a ban would reinforce divisions based on religious affiliation.
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'These Anglos Are Crazy'

The Quebec Liberal party says Language Minister Diane de Courcy should fire one of her advisors because of comments he made in two articles last year. Akos Verboczy, a political attaché for the minis...
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Quebec Wants No Part Of Skills Program

QUEBEC - The Quebec government has formally requested to be excluded from the new federal skills-training program.The province's pro-independence government is particularly livid about the budget, and...
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Quebec Creates Their Own Flag Day

QUEBEC - Quebec will create its own annual flag day to fete the Fleur-de-lis, every Jan. 21.Premier Pauline Marois made the announcement Monday on the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Quebec fl...
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PQ Shooting Suspect Speaks Out

The man accused in the fatal shooting outside the Parti Québécois victory rally on Sept. 4 has given another media interview. Richard Henry Bain spoke by phone with broadcaster Claude Poirier from th...
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PQ Bringing Home The Budget

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...
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Media Bites: Marois and Quebec Got Hitched, For Richer, For Poorer

With Pauline Marois now officially inaugurated as the sixth separatist premier of everyone's favorite French-speaking province, you might reckon that our nation's gigantic, months-long Quebec politics bender would finally be coming to an end. Also, you might be an idiot. Speaking of not-so-smart ideas, Harper's plans to reform parliamentary pensions aren't going over so well in the media...
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Is it Dutch Disease or a Central Canadian Cold?

On Friday, Mark Carney told us that advocates of the so-called Dutch Disease theory have it wrong. A bit of data is a good thing in a heated debate. Consider Statistics Canada latest (seasonally adjusted) monthly manufacturing sales numbers covering June 2012 sales. And when you do, ask yourself a simple question: does the data support Dutch Disease -- or are we seeing a case of a Central Canadian Cold?
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Will National Unity Be a Part of Harper's Legacy?

Any Prime Minister in his sixth year in office and nine years as party leader has to start looking at his legacy. What will he be leaving Canada with when down the road he decides to leave? Up until this point it was his performance on the economic front that was the strongest item, now how he performs and whether or not he can keep Canada together will also be part of his legacy.
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Will the PQ Win Light a Fire Under Harper?

With Jean Charest's resignation as leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, any arrangement between the Liberals and François Legault's CAQ to form a government now appears highly unlikely. That means that the PQ is set to govern Quebec at least for the next several months. Paradoxically, the PQ's minority win gives Stephen Harper a small window to advance a new vision for Canadian federalism and therefore unite a polarized Confederation along the lines of a common direction.
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Media Bites: Auto-Tweets After a Shooting? Coverage Should Fit the Crime

As a man lay dead and Canadians sat glued to their social media feeds patiently awaiting updates on the appalling violence that struck Tuesday night's Parti Quebecois victory rally, the trickle of breaking news from the nation's top commentators was frequently interrupted by cryptically off-topic offerings from otherwise credible sources. If nothing else, it was a reminder of the perils of setting up one of those time-delayed auto-tweeters.