Quebec Politics

Why the Quebec Student Protests Are Still Relevant

Johanu Botha | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

Is any of this relevant almost three years later? Yes, because mini-versions of the Quebec protests still play out on Canadian campuses. They may not be about tuition, and their ideological bent could be left or right. But too often when students organize around political causes they take on the same unsavory tones that reject dissent and make straw men of opposing arguments.

Scotland Weighs Lessons From Quebec

CBC | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Politics

At first glance, it might seem Quebec and Scotland have little in common. But look a little closer and some similarities emerge. Both are famous for...

Quebec Tries To Clean Up Reputation As One Of Worst Places For Animal Abuse

CP | Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada

QUEBEC - Quebec's new agriculture minister is promising to clean up the province's bad reputation as one of the best places to be an animal abuser.Pie...

Think of Quebec Politics As a Window Into Foreign Culture

J.J. McCullough | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

Couillard will only ban three types of Muslim headgear from all government employees -- including the chador, which doesn't even cover the face. The difference between a chador-style headscarf and its slightly shorter counterpart the hijab, can sometimes be hard to distinguish, so I guess in Couillard's Quebec Muslim civil servants can soon look forward to their bosses breaking out the measuring tape.

Quebec, Stop Treating Every Election As A Referendum on a Referendum

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

This isn't good for our personal or our collective health, Québec, and it needs to stop. Sometimes, we need to have these hard conversations. Sometimes, we need to be ready to put our minds together to envision how we want our communities to evolve. Sometimes, we need to conquer bad memories and try talking once more.

Quebec's Couillard Government Is Selling Austerity

Jeff Begley | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

The Quebec Liberal Party finally showed its true colours last week. Once the campaign ended Philippe Couillard wasted little time in commissioning two economists to prepare a remarkable for its pro-austerity slant.

Five Reasons You Need to Fear the PQ

Tom Kott | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

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.

Montreal's Losing Its Magic

CBC | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living

While most Montrealers say that their city is one to be proud of, roughly half of them say the city is "not as good" as it was compared to f...

Mr. Lisee, Do Not Confuse Your Own Stance With That of Quebec's

Maripier Isabelle | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Maripier Isabelle

One possible justification is that he might have genuinely not acknowledged the thousands of people taking to the street to demonstrate their rejection of the Charter in its present form and its incompatibility with Quebec's own Charter of Human Rights and Freedom. Given Mr. Lisee's erudition and intelligence, that is however an unlikely scenario.

Why Marc Nadon Was Not Fairly Appointed to the Supreme Court

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada
Michael Plaxton

The controversy over Marc Nadon's appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada reached an important milestone late last month, when the Attorney General of Canada filed its written argument for the upcoming Reference. Unsurprisingly, it says that the Supreme Court Act, properly interpreted, permits Nadon's elevation to the Court. I disagree.

The Moral Case Against the Quebec Charter of Values

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Nishaan Sharma

The PQ has decided that certain elements are culturally "Quebecois" and can stay, while everything else must go. In essence, the Charter is the PQ's attempt to dictate which cultures are acceptable and which are threatening.

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.

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.

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.

Charter of Values: Down the Road of Unacceptable Discrimination

Maripier Isabelle | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Maripier Isabelle

Moving forward with its charter, the PQ is dangerously going down a road where stereotypes rule and where suspicion towards cultural and religious diversity is legitimate. It is opting for a policy that hits us violently, that hurts our convictions, that collides with our hopes and with our interpretation of civics and mutual respect.

Manifesto for an Inclusive Quebec (English Translation)

Beverly Akerman | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

We are a collective from the fields of law, philosophy and journalism that citizens of all orientations and origins have sought to join. Among us are separatists, federalists and "agnostics" with regards to the constitutional future of Quebec. It is with great concern that we commit these words to denounce the Quebec Charter of Values ​​(formerly the Charter of Secularism ) project, announced by the Parti Québécois government.

Please Don't Poach Quebec's Doctors in Our Time of Need

Beverly Akerman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

Dear Lakeridge Health, This week, you started a direct mail campaign targeting Quebec doctors, medical residents, and medical students. I agree with your nearly 500 "likers" on Facebook: it's one great ad. But I'm writing to ask you if things aren't tough enough here in Quebec right now without you Ontarians trying to lure away our professionals? Who suffers most directly if our doctors and medical students leave? (Hint: it's not the PQ!)

Pauline Marois Just Doesn't Get Multiculturalism -- or Canada

Saeed Selvam | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

Premier Pauline Marois' proposal to ban religious symbols in public sector settings like schools, hospitals and daycares is as unconstitutional as it is offensive to every religious minority in Quebec and across the nation. Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms under Section 2 specifically states a Canadian's right to freedom of religion and expression among others, no matter where you are.

What's Next, Marois Telling Us What We Can Wear?

Beverly Akerman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

Imagine a teacher at a public school, or a Centre de santé et des services sociaux receptionist. If she tucks her hair into a turban as a fashion statement, or dons a headscarf to keep her hairdo safe from the rain, or because she's having a bad hair day, that would be perfectly acceptable. Ditto for covering a pate denuded by cancer chemotherapy. But if she puts on that same headscarf out of Islamic modesty, das ist verboten.

50 Years After "I Have a Dream," Quebec Struggles With Civil Rights

Christopher Sands | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Fifty years ago today, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. But today Dr. King's call to freedom and liberty might be considered inconsistent with "Quebec values." Quebec Premier Pauline Marois is an avowed separatist pursuing this agenda by unusual means: a series of xenophobic policies that is ostracizing Quebec from the 21st century mainstream. The civil rights struggle of our time is to insist that the only valid standard is the content of our own character, and not our religious clothing, celebration of particular holidays, or the language we speak at work and at home.

Does Anyone Know What Quebec Stands For Anymore?

Mike Sholars | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Mike Sholars

Quebec: As the Distinct Society you have fought so valiantly to become, what are you doing with that responsibility? Are you addressing the cultural and racial coexistence challenges that face every growing populace? Are you attempting to be an equal and balanced partner with the rest of Canada?

You Can't Point Out Racism In Quebec

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada
Nydia Dauphin

In an article reacting to my blackface blog post, I am accused of calling all Quebecers racist. Somehow, by sharing my thoughts and experiences as a Quebecer, I ceased to be one myself -- placed by this media outlet as a spiteful outsider to the only society, culture, and civic family I've ever intimately known.

Quebec Wants Charter Of Values

CBC | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Politics

Quebec's citizenship minister today said the province is long overdue in dealing with the issue of accommodations to religious communities. ...

Quebec Proves Canada's Equalization Payments Are not Always Equal

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Quebec gets to have a high quality of life without having to dirty its hands with things like energy and natural resource production, because Canada will make up the foregone revenues through equalization payments. But alas; with the free ride comes dependency, and eventually decay.

It's Time for Quebec to Sign the Constitution

Tom Kott | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Despite all the problems, it's about time Quebec signed the Constitution. Quebeckers in the early '90s were tired of the constitutional discussion, and clearly expressed their opposition to it at the ballot box. Yet two decades have passed and a new generation of leaders have entered the political discussion.