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How Quebec Can Get its Mojo Back

Mark Milke | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Premier-elect Couillard has pledged to "put Quebec back on the path to prosperity." As well he should. Quebec was once an opportunity-based culture, prosperous and a net contributor to Confederation. Quebec's future could once again resemble its laudable past.

The Greeks of Quebec: Against a Referendum

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

I watched the Quebec provincial election very closely even though I was in Europe during a major part of the course of the campaign. The race evolved ...

How Pauline Marois Fell Into Her Own Trap

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

But Pauline Marois lost the game to Philippe Couillard. By choosing to openly flaunt the card of an unwanted referendum and sovereign Quebec, she is caught in her own trap. And by inadvertently bringing to light the aspect of her privileged profile, she has fallen out among the province's populace.

The NDP Dodged a Separatist Bullet

Grant Gordon | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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.

On April 7, Don't Let Pauline Marois Impose Her Anti-Freedom on Quebec

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jon Paul Fiorentino

Please let Quebec choose a government that will represent values of inclusion, acceptance, and freedom. Let Quebec be a province where we can raise our children not only to respect, but to honour diversity. Let Quebec be more like my daughter's school -- a place where we can thrive and become better people.

The World Is Too Grey For the PQ's Black and White Agenda

Toula Drimonis | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

The last days of the provincial electoral campaign have made me feel people's disillusionment and frustration at the lack of inspiring options even more profoundly. During the debates Marois, Couillard, and Legault behaved like they were in a cage fight, barking insults at one another. It took all the self-restraint that I had not to switch channels. But, contrary to everything around me, I'm hopeful. I'm convinced that I'm witnessing a new breed of Quebecer emerge. One that isn't so easily defined... and therefore not as easy to manipulate and pigeonhole. Nothing will ever be as black or white as it once was, because the world we now live in is a million shades of grey.

Are You Happy With the Way Quebec's Resources Are Being Used?

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

1,000,000 people in Quebec don't file their taxes every year. If each of those people owe taxes of... I don't know... let's say $624 each (an extremely low estimate given that the average amount of taxes paid by a Quebecer is around $10,000), then I'd say an investment of $600k in "FILE YOUR TAXES" billboards, print and TV ads might have helped us to avoid this huge debt hole.

Winners And Losers Of Quebec's First Election Debate Showdown

CBC | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Politics

The morning after Quebec’s leaders squared off for their first major debate, it’s time to pick winners and losers. The National’s At Issue pan...

Dear Quebeckers

David Martin | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Dear Quebeckers: I'm not a political commentator. I don't even play one on TV. Instead, I'm an average Canadian citizen and that's why you may want ...

Why Is No One Talking About Quebec's Massive Debt?

Sean Speer | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

One issue that has been largely absent from the campaign is the province's high levels of government debt. This omission is curious given that the Quebec government's debt is the largest in the country when presented as a share of the economy and is now consuming a significant share of tax dollars in the form of interest payments. If Quebec voters are concerned about their government's level of indebtedness, they should insist that the political parties set out clear plans to get it under control. The problem can no longer be ignored.

Equity Crowdfunding Upfront Costs : No Laughing Matter

Diana Yazidjian | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada
Diana Yazidjian

Adoption of Equity Crowdfunding for ordinary investors may come sooner than we think; first in the U.S. and not far behind, Quebec and Ontario. We thought the time was well-chosen to outline the costs a Canadian company may incur given the possible regulatory framework that will come into force.

A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

For the naysayers or eye-rollers out there, there is nothing wrong with removing my hijab or other article of clothing for a doctor if it is necessary for the sake of the medical examination. In this instance, it was not. It was the equivalent of asking a woman to fully remove her top and undergarment in order to examine her lungs. The changes in the environment in Quebec are subtle but ever present. I have felt the chill in the air. From the racial slur while at the movies with my kids to reading passive aggressive comments on social media. Our joie de vivre, pride in diversity and bilingualism has been replaced with political unease, targeted discrimination of visibly religious minorities and linguistic force.

Can Slick Mr. Péladeau Sell Nationalism?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

The Quebec election campaign became a bit more interesting this week with Pierre Karl Péladeau's decision to run for the Parti Québécois. Péladeau brings a unique and coveted background to the PQ, having for decades dined on the earnings of tabloid agitprop and rabble-rousing emotionalism. Just as Marois shrugs off recent and bad economic news, Péladeau thrusts his fist into the air and chants inspirational slogans. And somehow, in combination, these are intended to add up to the sum of economic credibility. His business acumen and his knack for rube exploitation are simply the latest assets to be nationalized by a now desperate campaign.

Five Reasons You Need to Fear the PQ

Tom Kott | Posted 03.07.2014 | 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.

The Quebec Provincial Election That Threatens Canada's Federalism

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Early this morning, Premier Pauline Marois visited and asked Lt. Governor Pierre Duchesne to dissolve the legislature and issue an election for April 7. This would be a 33-day campaign that the separatist Premier, with a minority government earned a mere 18 months ago, is the front-runner. I am rooting for her defeat.

Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

Beverly Akerman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Living
Beverly Akerman

Tuesday's sentencing of anaesthesiologist George Doodnaught -- to a decade in jail for sexually assaulting 21 women under his care during surgery -- should have been good news. But I read this comment from the presiding judge: "There are no reported Canadian cases in which an anaesthesiologist sexually assaulted sedated patients in an operating room during surgery." This has happened before, and in my home town.

Quebec Orders Store's Facebook Page Translated To French

CBC | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Business

The Quebec government has ordered the owner of a store in Chelsea, Que., to change the language of her store’s Facebook page to French. Eva Cooper...

Why Flaherty's Sin Tax on Cigarettes Won't Work

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This is precisely what happened in Canada in the early 1990s. Indeed, following a steep increase in duties and taxes applicable to tobacco products by the federal government and the provinces, a vast illegal trade in cigarettes sprang up. Contraband's share in the Canadian tobacco market jumped from 1 per cent in 1987 to approximately 31 per cent by the end of 1993.

Hidden Influence - The Natural Gas Fight in Quebec

Michael Binnion | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

Of course industry is biased, its little more than saying we are human. That we legally have to disclose our bias doesn't make us wrong. With millions and ideology at stake, to think political activists are not also biased is naïve.

Quebec's Charter Makes Minorities into Second-Class Citizens

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Let's call Bill 60 what it truly is: a bill that encourages intolerance, divides the population and makes visible and religious minorities into second class citizens in their own home. It is time for the opposition to step up and stop this nonsense. Until then I remain Canadian, Quebecker, a visibly practicing Muslim and proud.

How to Survive a Night in an Ice Hotel

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Travel
Sucheta Rawal

What on Earth drove me to sleep at a hotel made entirely of ice? I first heard about Hotel de Glace (Ice Hotel) while visiting Montreal, Canada for work. Sleeping at an ice hotel is not for the faint hearted. It is not a scary adventure either. It is cold, but marvellous experience that I will cherish forever.

Since the Montreal Massacre, Not Enough Has Changed for Women

Anne Theriault | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

When Marc Lépine went to the École Polytechnique 23 years ago today, he entered the school with the intention of killing feminists. Feminists, he said in his suicide note, had ruined his life. I was seven years old when École Polytechnique Massacre happened. I want to think that the world has changed since then, but really, has it? Women are still the butt of the joke. Women are still lacking in positions of power. Women are still being told that they need to compete against each other. There is still a persistent bias against women in the worlds of math and science. If there's anything that can be learned from the latest American election, it's that there are still men who hate women. A lot of men. Powerful men.

The Top 20 Streets In Canada: Vive Quebec!

Vacay.ca | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

While some choices were difficult, top spot turned out to be an easy decision. Rue du Petit-Champlain, lined with shops that belong to an artists' cooperative, was a clear choice for No.1 among the Top 20 Streets to Visit in Canada.

The Charter's Veiled Threat Against Montreal's Muslims

Ramp1885.com | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Quebec's Muslim women have been threatened -- violence against veiled women has increased dramatically since the Charter debate was introduced. In Quebec, the issue of choice and self-determination around the veil is critical. It would seem, then, that in matters of fashion, religion, and secularism, Montreal's Muslim women are being held to a higher standard by their provincial government. Montreal's young Hijabistas -- and those who support them -- told us what the veil means to them.

State's Law Worries Quebecers

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

An email circulating in Quebec has snowbirds worried about a Georgia law requiring drivers to carry an English-language permit or face stiff fines. ...