Quebec Election

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PQ Leadership Race Down To 3 Candidates

MONTREAL - The Parti Quebecois leadership race is down to three candidates after the withdrawal of Pierre Cere.In a news conference Sunday, Cere said he was dropping out after failing to raise a $10,0...
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Five Priorities For Quebec's New Minister of Health and Social Services

Quebec's new Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, has longed to take this post for many years. He likely has a clearer vision of the changes he would like to make than the vision espoused by the Liberal Party during the election campaign. There are some projects that are top priority, in my view, because they will help right the ship, change the culture. I list five here.
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How Pauline Marois Fell Into Her Own Trap

But Pauline Marois lost the game to Philippe Couillard. By choosing to openly flaunt the card of an unwanted referendum and sovereign Quebec, she is caught in her own trap. And by inadvertently bringing to light the aspect of her privileged profile, she has fallen out among the province's populace.
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The Quebec Election's Warning to Harper: Bad Ideas Will Lose

There is a message from the Quebec election for Prime Minister Stephen Harper: ideas matter while dangerous, unfair ones will come back to haunt you. In a result few would have predicted at the outset, Quebec's Liberals unseated the reigning Parti Quebecois and won a solid majority after running a straightforward campaign of better government for a better economy. So what does this mean for the Harper government, which could take the country to the polls in the coming months? It will all come down to whether constituents, especially in vote-rich Ontario, are tired of the bad ideas and divisive overreach of their government in Ottawa.
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The NDP Dodged a Separatist Bullet

As a proud Canadian, it bothers me that NDP leader Tom Mulcair -- who had no qualms about interfering in previous Ontario by-elections on the side of NDP candidates -- refused to take a side in the Québec election. The NDP dodged a bullet this time -- fortunately! -- but such an irresponsible position should not be rewarded in 2015.
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Caution: Philippe Couillard May Contain Traces of Pauline Marois' Ideals

Premier Marois sought to achieve her goals in spectacularly absurd fashion -- a separate country for French-Canadians and a ban on religious headgear for everyone else -- and on Monday, her extremism was rejected. Hardly definitively, however. The Parti Quebecois remains Quebec's official opposition, and the rise of new nationalist parties, coupled with a sharp split in the popular vote, suggests much of the Marois agenda has merely scattered elsewhere. More than a trace can even be found in Mr. Couillard.
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Tides Change In Quebec

SAINT-FELICIEN, Que. - Inclusiveness over division.That's how supporters of rookie leader Philippe Couillard explained the Quebec Liberals' stunning majority victory over the Parti Quebecois on Monday...
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I Can Vote And You Can't: Mulcair

OTTAWA - If there was any question over whether the next election campaign is already underway, New Democrat Leader Tom Mulcair put those doubts to rest this weekend."Our campaign is already starting,...
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Quebec Leaders Make Final Push For Votes

MONTREAL - Pauline Marois made a last-ditch appeal to supporters on Sunday to get out and vote for her Parti Quebecois on election day, ruling out any kind of deals with the Coalition party to shore u...
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Francois Legault: Why Not Legault?

MONTREAL - Quebec Premier Pauline Marois appeared to have some regret on Saturday that she allowed herself to get bogged down in the sovereignty issue as the provincial election campaign entered its f...
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Marois' Toughest Fight Yet

MONTREAL - She grew from humble roots to become Quebec's first woman premier. But for Pauline Marois, holding on to that job proved too great a challenge.Once known as the "minister of everything" for...
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Vote PQ to Save Canada

In every election the same flags of fear are waved to scare the Quebecois into voting against the PQ. It's positioned as xenophobic and a threat to Canada. But is the Parti Quebecois really a racist body and a threat to our country? I say, "Vote PQ to save Canada."
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The World Is Too Grey For the PQ's Black and White Agenda

The last days of the provincial electoral campaign have made me feel people's disillusionment and frustration at the lack of inspiring options even more profoundly. During the debates Marois, Couillard, and Legault behaved like they were in a cage fight, barking insults at one another. It took all the self-restraint that I had not to switch channels. But, contrary to everything around me, I'm hopeful. I'm convinced that I'm witnessing a new breed of Quebecer emerge. One that isn't so easily defined... and therefore not as easy to manipulate and pigeonhole. Nothing will ever be as black or white as it once was, because the world we now live in is a million shades of grey.
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Marois Makes Unexpected Tax Promise

MONTREAL - With just days left in the Quebec election campaign and her Parti Quebecois apparently struggling in opinion polls, Pauline Marois came out with a surprising promise on Thursday: future inc...
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What I Learned This Week: De Dirt on Debates

Given that Quebeckers are facing yet another pivotal election on April 7, over the past couple of weeks, I paid close attention to the two political "debates" held between the leaders of the province's four main parties. I bracket the word "debates" with quotation marks, as these two two-hour sessions were debates in name only.
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Want to Vote as an Anglophone Student in Quebec? Good Luck

Several students were able to register following initial rejection by returning and speaking to different revisors or to their supervisors. This eventual success, however, underscores the fact that that when insufficient linguistic precision is coupled with haphazard revisor training, registration becomes subservient to bureaucratic fickleness; that is to say, it degenerates into a crapshoot.
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PQ Integrity Under Attack, Again

MONTREAL - The Parti Quebecois is facing questions on Saturday as integrity emerges as a key issue in the provincial election campaign.Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard says it's the turn of PQ chief...