Quebec Election 2012

A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

For the naysayers or eye-rollers out there, there is nothing wrong with removing my hijab or other article of clothing for a doctor if it is necessary for the sake of the medical examination. In this instance, it was not. It was the equivalent of asking a woman to fully remove her top and undergarment in order to examine her lungs. The changes in the environment in Quebec are subtle but ever present. I have felt the chill in the air. From the racial slur while at the movies with my kids to reading passive aggressive comments on social media. Our joie de vivre, pride in diversity and bilingualism has been replaced with political unease, targeted discrimination of visibly religious minorities and linguistic force.
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Why I Predicted A BC Liberal Win

Last September, while swimming against a tidal wave of negative public opinion, I predicted the BC Liberal Party led by Premier Christy Clark would win the May 2013 election. Understandably, most readers scoffed. I can assure you that I am no Nostradamus. Don't bother asking me which stock to pick or what the 649 Lottery numbers will be. Rather, I relish being a contrarian. It is my nature to question the prevailing view on a range of topics - politics in particular - and to hopefully stir intelligent debate.

Will Montreal Students Live Happily Ever After?

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.

Pauline Marois Is More Quebec's Prisoner Than its Leader

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

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.
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Will He Stay As Leader?

SHERBROOKE, Que. - On the heels of a resounding electoral defeat, Jean Charest will likely consult his caucus before deciding on his future, according to a former cabinet minister and close ally.Moniq...
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Not A Vote For Sovereignty: MPs

Federal leaders and MPs say they will work with Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois, but that her minority victory shows a majority of Quebecers aren't interested in sovereignty. Prime Minister St...
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Even Before the Shots, This Election Was Rooted in Hate

As the Parti Québécois gathered for their victory party Wednesday morning, shots were fired from an AK 47 where two people were shot; one man died on the scene. Pauline Marois was quickly ushered off the stage, and authorities swiftly apprehended the shooter. People are quick to place blame in instances like this. We are all to blame. When the political discourse in this province reduces itself to a claptrap mélange of xenophobic remarks and intransigent reactions, the outcome is never good.
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HE QUITS

Quebec Liberal Leader Jean Charest has announced his resignation, bringing a long, turbulent career as premier to a close. "The decision was unanimous. I will leave my post as leader of the Liberal Pa...
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Not Enough Support For Separation?

MONTREAL - Any plans to make a push for Quebec independence may have been relegated to the back burner given the Parti Quebecois' weaker-than-expected score in winning a minority government, political...
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Redford Sad For Charest

CALGARY - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she isn't going to jump to any conclusions about the newly elected premier of Quebec. Redford says she intends to chat with Pauline Marois over the next c...
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The Game of Politics Shouldn't Claim Lives

During Pauline Marois' victory speech in Quebec last night, gun shots were fired -- an alleged "assassination" attempt on the outspoken leader, as a 62-year-old armed with a handgun and an assault rifle "lost his shit" outside the venue. Marois was unharmed but sadly someone actually died in this vapid protest. We each are responsible for embracing the idea that there is a place for everyone in society, and that to fight for fierce nationalism or singularly-minded patriotism is a dangerous and unnecessary battle to wage.
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What A PQ Win Means For Harper

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper was never such a big fan of topsy-turvy minority governments — but one in Quebec City might suit him just fine.The prime minister became well acquainted with the limitations an...
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If Quebec's Election Was a Carnival, Charest Would Be in the Dunk Tank

Over the course of the Quebec election, every time Jean Charest thought he was changing the conversation to Medicare or Le Plan Nord, the CAQ's Jacques Duchesneau would make another accusation and grab the headlines. But last week many thought the ex-police chief went too far. Duchesneau said he had a list of Charest's cabinet ministers who had accepted favours from a construction baron named Tony Accurso. Charest demanded the ex -cop supply names. The ex-cop played coy and refused. How could Charest possibly defend himself and his party against that kind of slander?
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Heading To The Polls

Quebec voter turnout is up compared to the last provincial election, despite a few power outages and temporary closures at polling stations in Montreal. The Quebec director-general of Elections said...
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The Ridings To Watch Tonight

Election night in Quebec is shaping up to be an exciting one with political observers predicting many tight races across the province. Here are some races that could come down to the wire after the p...