Quebec Politics

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.

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.

A Call For Moderation On Language Issues

Tom Kott | Posted 02.08.2017 | 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.

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.