Quebec Politics

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.

Tuition Fees: When the PQ's Problems Seemed So Far Away

Maripier Isabelle | Posted 05.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Maripier Isabelle

Yesterday... All my troubles seemed so far away... Those might be the words going round the head of Premier Pauline Marois and her minister for hig...

Will Montreal Students Live Happily Ever After?

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

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.

Quebec's New Language Law Worries

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - English-rights activists in Quebec are raising concerns about a proposed new language law they say infringes on their rights.The new law is...

And Now, The Moment We've All Been Waiting For

CBC | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada Politics

The Parti Québécois is preparing a wide-ranging strategy to push its sovereignty agenda forward. Since her election on Sept. 4, Pauline ...

Anglos Talk PQ At 100 Days

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - In the leadup to Quebec's provincial election, worries about a Parti Quebecois victory had some English speakers promising they'd pack thei...

Quebec Needs a Healthy Dose of Austerity

Vincent Geloso | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Vincent Geloso

As Quebec now prepares for the return of parliament with its new government, the hot issue is undeniably the claims of rampant corruption. Sadly, in the midst of this debate, the issue of Quebec's large budget deficit and debt has been put aside.

In Quebec, Speaking English Is Deadly

Tom Kott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

As the FLQ was a product of the Quiet Revolution, recent attacks seemed to have been sparked by the Parti Québécois' electoral victory on September 4, 2012. Anglophones must now constantly worry about full Nelsons and biological attacks wherever they go, whether it's on the metro or in a hospital, or wherever else the next attack might take place. While the PQ's Anglophobic and xenophobic policies do not help the current situation, they are not solely to blame. If this trend is to stop soon, those who have engaged in targeted violence towards linguistic groups must be made an example of and suffer the full extent of the law.

Canada's Labour Movement Gets a Cardiac Pump

Dave Coles | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Dave Coles

Delegates to the CEP convention this week in Québec City voted in favour of forming a new union with the CAW. The CAW voted in favour of the project in August. Yet unnamed, this new union will represent more than 300,000 workers in every province of the country, in 22 different major economic sectors. It will be the largest private sector union in Canada This new union is the first step in revitalizing Canada's union movement. And that is a necessary step in turning back the tide of neoconservative reaction that has seen ever more wealth and power for the already rich and powerful, but stagnation and cutbacks for the rest of us. Why should ordinary Canadians care about this new union?.

The Plan Nord: A Quebecois, Modern Version of the Tragedy of the Commons?

Alexandre Duval | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Alexandre Duval

Garrett Hardin's Tragedy of the Commons probably has had a lot more impact in the decades that followed its 1968 publication than Hardin himself would have thought in the first place. For some, "the ideas that Hardin popularized have become the most widely accepted explanation for overexploitation of resources that are commonly held."

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

J.J. McCullough | Posted 11.24.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg 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...

Not Quebecois or American? The Elections Still Matter

Gavin Charles | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Gavin Charles

There are two elections this autumn that will have repercussions throughout Canada. The first happens in Quebec next week, the second in the United States in November. What makes these so important? What happens in Quebec next week and in the United States in two months' time will help shape the future, not only in that province and country, but for all of Canada as well.

Don't Expect Harper To Lift A Finger To Save Him This Time: Ex-Strategist

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Struggling to keep his political life afloat, Jean Charest shouldn't expect a lifeline from Stephen Harper, says an ex-strategist for the p...

Was it Something We Said, Pauline?

Peter Worthington | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

We all know that Quebec is sensitive on language issues. But Pauline Marois' plan to require anyone running for public office to be proficient in French should outrage everyone who believes in democracy. It's fine to expect anyone applying for a government job in Quebec to be competent in the official language of the province. But to restrict running for elected office to only French-speakers is arrogant, dictatorial and unnecessary.

Referendum Proposal, Flip-Flop Hurts PQ

CP | Jonathan Montpetit, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The idea of citizen-driven referendums has inspired grassroots chatter within the Parti Quebecois for years. It was a crisis of Pauline Mar...

PQ Hit With Ethics Allegation

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - A report on illegal campaign financing has focused on the past activities of the Parti Quebecois in the latest ethics allegation to surface...

Why Don't Anglos Vote?

CBC | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Politics

Quebec's chief electoral officer deplores it, but says there are as many reasons as there are electors not to bother casting a ballot on election day....

Pass A French Test To Run For Office?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Anyone wanting to run for public office in a Quebec led by Pauline Marois will have to prove they can speak French first, the Parti Quebeco...

In Quebec You Might Soon be Forced to Trade Your Hijab for a Crucifix

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

The Parti Québécois (PQ) have unveiled some disconcerting aspects of their would-be mandate: all overt religious symbols would be banned from public institutions... except for Catholic religious symbols. In addition to lengthy and costly constitutional battles with Ottawa, certain Quebecers can now be expected to have their basic civil liberties trampled on in order to appease an increasingly intolerant voting population. The PQ are once again marginalizing a segment of the Quebec population because they are not seen as being an important fabric of Quebec's so-called distinct society. What I find truly alarming, however, is that the PQ is poised to form the next government. Vive le Québec libre indeed.

Legault Would Say 'Non'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The conversion of Francois Legault away from the cause of Quebec independence appears more definitive, and complete, than ever.The leader o...

Quebec Student Protest Moves From Street to Voting Booth

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

The Quebec student protesters are coming for Premier Jean Charest, and what better way to do that than to formally align yourself with the opposition? After months of denying any political favourtism or formal ties to the opposition, one of the Quebec student protest leaders, Leo Blouin, is stepping up to the political plate.

Charest Opens The Coffers As Election Call Looms

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Politics

FERMONT, Que. - Jean Charest's expected election call is still two weeks away, but that didn't stop the Quebec premier from announcing up to $200 mill...

Liberal Heavy-Hitters Not Running In Next Election

CBC | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada Politics

Quebec's Education Minister Michelle Courchesne and International Relations Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay have announced they will not seek re-elec...

Sexist? Quebec Leader In Hot Water Over Tweet

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Politics

The leader of a prominent political party in Quebec is under fire after sending out a tweet that some are saying was sexist. Francois Legault, lead...

Won't Wear Red Square

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Pauline Marois's little red square is being replaced by a blue fleur-de-lis.The square, which is the symbol of the student protest movement...