Quebec Politics

Parti Quebecois Elects New Leader

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Politics

Jean-Francois Lisee has been a member of the legislature since 2012.

Despite Losing Its Leader, PQ Has Reasons To Smile

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2017 | Canada Politics

An upcoming leadership race could make things even better.

Quebec's Proposed Welfare Cuts Carry Unfair Penalties: Advocates

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.01.2017 | Canada Politics

"We're trying to create a solution to a problem that doesn't exist."

Quebec Politicians May Give Themselves Hefty Pay Raise

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.27.2016 | Canada

The hike wouldn't kick in until 2018 at the earliest.

Quebec To Balance Budget This Year, Says Finance Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Politics

"We're spending less than we're bringing in."

These two Quebec Bills Are Apparently Targeting Muslims

Samer Majzoub | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

The Liberal provincial government has aimed to address very controversial subjects that have been dominating Quebec politics for some time, including reasonable accommodation, youth "radicalization," and increasing incidents of hate speech.

Gilles Duceppe Offers a Win-Win Alternative to Quebec Voters

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 06.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Now that Gilles Duceppe is back and has declared his willingness to support a coalition that would offer an alternative to the Conservatives and which is in Quebec's interest, the dilemma for voters in the province changes dramatically.

The Desire for an Independent Quebec Has Passed Its Peak

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

Emotion, not reason, motivates independence movements. The desire for Quebec's independence is an ethnic project: that of the francophone nation composed of the roughly 77 per cent of Quebec's people sharing a common language, history, and culture, and who want to maintain its existence in North America. The project has no meaning otherwise.

Jacques Parizeau Was One of the Foremost Builders of Modern Quebec

Patrick White | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Patrick White

Jacques Parizeau was Quebec Premier for merely 16 months, but he was a great servant of the state and, above all, one of the foremost builders of modern Quebec. He was one of the founding members of Parti québécois in 1968-1969, alongside Mr. Lévesque who had just stormed out of the Quebec Liberal Party. "Monsieur," as everyone called him, was a statesman; he truly had the interest of the public at heart in the noblest sense of the expression. The interest of the state came before his own. That is something that is becoming extremely rare in politics nowadays.

Former Quebec Separatist Premier Jacques Parizeau Dies

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics

Love him or hate him, there was no question of where Parizeau stood — unabashedly in favour of Quebec sovereignty.

Quebec Must Address its Growing Climate of Islamophobia

Samer Majzoub | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Recently, Quebec has witnessed very alarming anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric that has led to moral onslaught against citizens of Muslim faith. The discriminatory campaigns against any group of citizens due to their religious or ethnic background will lead to unhealthy social harmony within any society.

Quebec Liberals Say Budget Cuts Necessary

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard defended his government's tax hikes and spending cuts Friday as the legislature began its winter break.Couillard vow...

Why the Quebec Student Protests Are Still Relevant

Johanu Botha | Posted 12.02.2014 | 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 five years ...

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.