According to the leaked report from the Journal de Montréal's proposed "Charter of Quebec Values", public employees, including civil servants, judges, doctors, nurses, teachers, and police would be forbidden from wearing "conspicuous" religious symbols such as the Jewish kippa, the Sikh turban, and the Muslim hijab I've got news for you: if someone's kippa, hijab, or turban threatens your way of life, perhaps it's time to reassess your own values. I can't walk a block in Montreal without bumping into a church, but I remain an atheist, so don't blame your lapsed Catholicism on someone's hijab. That's disingenuous. And just plain simplistic.
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.
Over the years, Quebec has earned a reputation as being hostile to business due to persistent anti-business policies. As a consequence, Montreal has declined as a hub for major corporate headquarters. With a lower concentration of large corporate headquarters, the city loses out on many economic benefits. The government of Quebec should take seriously the long term decline of Montreal as a major corporate hub.
Sometimes when you want to know how prudent a political party will be with the taxpayer's dime, it doesn't hurt to consider how prudent they are when it comes to spending their own dime at party headquarters. Compared to their counterparts in other provinces, the B.C. Liberal party spends like there's no tomorrow. And it's spending that increasingly points to something ominous: election campaigns that never end.