Quebec Separatism

Althia Raj

Liberals Brace For Bumpy Reception In Sovereigntist Territory

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 08.28.2016 | Canada

The Liberal caucus is meeting for two days in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

Quebec Separatists See New Hope After Brexit Vote

CP | Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Politics

A Quebec referendum is unlikely for several years.

20 Years Later

CP | Giuseppe Valiante and Pierre St-Arnaud, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Politics

Two decades after the last Quebec referendum, sovereignty is still standing.

Liberal Candidate Blames Volunteer For Suggesting He's A Separatist

Le Huffington Post Québec | Catherine Levesque | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Politics

A Quebec Liberal candidate is blaming one of his volunteers for posting comments on Facebook suggesting he was a separatist.

NDP Candidate Who Once Compared Quebec To Colonized African Country Resigns

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Béatrice Zako, the Montreal NDP candidate selected Thursday to go head-to-head against Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in the Papineau riding, has since stepped aside.

I've Grown Weary of Quebec's Obsession With Independence

Jason Najum | Posted 06.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Jason Najum

Like all non-separatist Quebecers, I have lived and suffered through a lifetime of sovereignty-fatigue. So at what point of obsession, at what level of almost complete disregard, are you obliged to say, unequivocally and without apology, that what was done was wasteful and therefore unacceptable?

Key FLQ Member Dies

CBC | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Francis Simard, one of four members of the Front de libération du Québec charged with the murder of a Quebec cabinet minister during the 1970 Octobe...

Why Maxime Bernier is Consistently Wrong

Stéphane Dion | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Stéphane Dion

One could wonder how the 1980 and 1995 referendums would have turned out with a Joe Clark or a Preston Manning as Prime Minister rather than Pierre Trudeau or Jean Chrétien. One could point out that Madame Marois was elected in 2012 through denouncing the Harper government's ultraconservative policies. One could well denounce the unilateralism, lack of dialogue and boondoggles that marked federal-provincial relations under Harper, as well as the Conservative government's hodge-podge of ill-advised political decisions with respect to health, justice, training, old age security, immigration... decisions which are proving costly to the provinces.

The NDP Dodged a Separatist Bullet

Grant Gordon | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

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.

Trudeau: Quebec Said No To Third Referendum

CP and Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics

Not surprisingly, federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is thrilled by the results of the Quebec election. The province's Liberal leader, Philippe ...

Marois's Warning To Rival Sovereigntist Party

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.22.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Liberal leader Philippe Couillard says Quebec could survive independence, but the financial price would be too high.Couillard continued to ...

Quebec Could Turn Into Greece If It Kept Loonie: Report

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois recently suggested that an independent Quebec would keep the Canadian dollar, and would try to keep a seat on th...

Bilingualism Is a Threat to Canadian Democracy

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

In the aftermath of the publication of my most recent editorial -- "Let Them Learn French": Canada's Bilingual Elite Hold All the Power" -- I've been widely denounced by all manner of pundit, much of Quebec, and even our old pal Gilles Duceppe. On the other hand, I've also heard from numerous Canadians applauding me for finally confronting one of this country's most sacred taboos head-on.

It Wouldn't Be Canada Without Quebec

Cynthia Reyes | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Cynthia Reyes

On October 30, 1995, I was in downtown Montreal, where many of the shopkeepers are immigrants. Rue Ste Catherine; St. Dennis: I wandered these streets and others whose names I was too upset to notice. It was Referendum Day. Quebeckers were voting. By day's end, Canadians would know if we were still a country. The streets were almost deserted that day, the shopkeepers downcast. It was as if the mourning for Canada had already begun. Surprisingly, the separatists were defeated. Narrowly. Some blamed Quebec's immigrants for the loss. They'd voted overwhelmingly against separation.

Marois To Canada: Don't Be Afraid Of Quebec

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois scoffed Friday at her main opponent's plan to get Quebec's distinctiveness recognized by the rest of ...

Althia Raj

NDP MPs Donated To Quebec Separatists, But So Have These Tories

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — When Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government throws stones at the NDP for having members who supported separatist parties, it is throwin...

The Big 'What If'

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - "Bof" — that francophone shrug of indifference might very well sum up the feeling of most Canadians vis-a-vis the Quebec election campaign....

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.

Media Bites: Canadians Might Not Ask Quebec to Stay This Time

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg With Quebec now facing an election where it looks increasingly likely that the separatist party will not only win a second term, but a majority government to boot, Anglo and Franco relations are being strained like never before. Separatism is poised to make its third great comeback. The question is whether any Canadians will be willing to carry the flag this time.

Marois Condemns Federal 'Intrusion' In Quebec Sovereignty Rules

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The parties in Quebec's legislature all voted in favour of a motion Wednesday to denounce the federal government's court challenge of a 13-ye...

Breakup Rules Divide Harper Cabinet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - A split has emerged in the Harper government over a fundamental principle: the rules governing the potential breakup of Canada.The Conserva...

Sovereigntists Angered As Ottawa Steps Into Secession Law Dispute

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Leaders of Quebec's sovereignty movement are gearing up for a fight with the federal government over its decision to intervene in a provinc...

Education Can Solve Quebec's Language Debate

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Nishaan Sharma

The PQ should focus on using education to preserve its culture and language. Almost 80 per cent of Quebecers identify themselves as Francophone. Thus, it's a failure of education when someone who was born, raised and educated in Montreal tells you that he moved to Toronto because it's impossible to find a job in Montreal. The issue should not be that French was required of them but that, over the course of their educational career, they were not properly taught the language and its value -- economic and cultural. The new Ontarians will not phrase it this way, of course.

Quebec Is More Concerned With Separatism than Secularism

J.J. McCullough | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

Actually, maybe Pauline Marois' motivation in pushing a religious headgear ban isn't that mysterious after all. If we presume Quebeckers vote separatist because they genuinely believe their province is getting a raw deal staying in Canada, with part of that raw deal being the fact that the mean ol' Canadian government won't let them have the things they want -- like, say, a religious headgear ban backed by 69 per cent of the public -- then a heavy-handed federal lawsuit reenforcing this storyline might actually be in the Parti Quebecois' long-term partisan self-interest.

Is Quebec Fostering Religious Radicalism?

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

When the state takes an interest in regulating religious expression, it invites religious institutions to reply by using their force of numbers to remake government policy. More seriously still, excluding people of faith from the mass of society is the surest way to isolate and drive them into the arms of radicalism.