Archive for the ‘Quebec’ Category
Maybe not entirely dead, but quite possibly in its death throes.
Good work, PLQ!
Et, pour les Péquistes – il faut savoir quand vous devriez quitter la soireé..
Thinking of my bro-in-law this afternoon as the polls close in about 5 hours across Quebec.
It’s municipal election time and Steve Shanahan will make a GREAT city Councillor! As well, Mélanie Joly will make an awesome Mayor!
What a nice change from old white guys that will be.
My wife just left Ottawa to join Steve and the team for what will sure-to-be a VICTORY party tonight. I wish I could be there with them but (sigh) have an early morning meeting that I couldn’t get out of….
… because I was waiting to see exactly what it was going to look like…
And, well, I’m disgusted.
I’m sickened that any government in this country would go far as to prohibit the wearing or display of anything that does not in any way harm another person nor take away their right to a good life.
It is abhorrent that Marois can stand up and defend such a mean-spirited proposal.
And I feel sympathy for those Québécois(e) who are on the side of decency and respect and shun exclusion and hatred.
Moreover, this isn’t even a secularist Charter as the PQ content because it grants more leeway for Christian (read: Catholic) public sector workers than their Jewish and Muslim colleagues. Yarmulkes are an intrinsic celebration of their faith for many Jews yet the only real restriction on Christian is a prohibition of the display of large crucifixes. Really! Aside from those weirdly dressed dudes like Popes, Cardinals (not the bird), and some rappers, do you EVER see someone wearing a 6 inch cross around their neck?
No, I didn’t think so.
And the 60% funding level for the discriminatory and wasteful Catholic education system isn’t even touched! This funding largesses is second only to Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta (who ashamedly fully fund their Catholic systems).
Let’s call a spade a spade and admit that this is less of a “secular” Charter and more of an “anti-anyone-but-Christians Charter”, OK, Pauline??? This is out-and-out discrimination!
If you have ever followed my scribbles even a wee bit, either here or on Facebook, Twitter, etc.,etc., you know that I’m an atheist and wear this label happily. But being an atheist does NOT mean that I condemn others for believing how they do – I don’t understand them, for the life of me – but whatever.
From time to time, I meet with representatives of one of the Quebec provincial Departments in Montreal. I have half a mind to borrow someone’s yarmulke for the next meeting…
Nope. Just looked out the bus window and the Gatineau Hills are still there.
I guess Marois’ scheme to pry her province from the RoC using bars and pulleys didn’t succeed.
Anyone in O Dot feel the quake last night? Happened around midnight and was centred around Montreal.
… behaviour directed at Québec Anglos?
On the evening of September 22, Mr. G., a 17-year old young man was walking with his cousins in St. Léonard, an east-end neighbourhood in Montreal. They were speaking English. A young adult male confronted them and said, in French, “You’re not allowed to speak English here.” When the cousins attempted to move on, the thug attacked Mr. G with two punches to the face. The group then fled to avoid further violence.
This was not the first incident of this kind. On September 12, 48-year old Alex Montreuil was at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal for a CT scan. He went to the hospital cafeteria and ordered a sandwich. He says he explained to the woman making the sandwiches – in English – that he was violently allergic to tomatoes, and asked that she change the gloves she was wearing before making his sandwich in case there were traces of tomato on them from precious handling. She complied.
Montreuil was eating his sandwich in the company of a friend when a 30-something woman approached their table. According to Montreuil, she screamed in French, “Here we speak French, not English.” Montreuil says he responded, “In my city, in my country, I can speak the language of my choice.”
The argument escalated and the woman withdrew for a few minutes. When she returned, she threw a tomato sandwich at Montreuil’s face. Within moments, his face and body were swelling dangerously. The woman was arrested and may be charged with criminal assault.
This is disturbing if true and not just isolated incidents (we statisticians call them “outliers”).
Yes, dear readers, the separatists have once again grabbed the reins of power in that province that starts with a “Q”. With but a slight advantage over the Liberals, the reins might be loose but make no mistake that Mme. Marois will flex her muscle in those areas that matter most to the paranoid and insecure péquistes: language and sovereignty.
(Hey! cool mixed metaphor, Batman!)
A high (76%) voter turnout (contrary to what the CBC was publishing online last night about a 53% turnout)
elected a weak minority Péquiste government. But keep in mind that most of these folks didn’t vote for sovereignty but rather for progressive social policies – which mean a lot to Quebeckers.
Harper is somewhat to blame for their reaction and this result. He has spurned progressive policies, trumpeted the monarchy, transformed our military from one of peace keepers to peace makers and killed the gun registry (diss it all you want, but it was an important symbol for most in the province). Marois is seen by many as someone who will stand up to Harper and his right-wing agenda.
The Charest Liberals lost because there is a whiff of scandal about and those in la belle province are extremely paranoid after Adscam. Plus, that government had run its course, so to speak. Despite the loss, they remain a strong opposition; leaderless, but strong. That shows what an effective ground game can get you. Many underestimate the importance of the base on E Day.
Finally, the CAQ wasn’t seen by most as a viable alternative to the Liberals. They simply were not seen as “ready”. Maybe next time. Besides, they hold the balance of power and will have the opportunity to influence the government agenda for the foreseeable future. A great campaign has ended in a pretty good result for the upstarts!
Yup… and then some wacko Anglo in a bathrobe crashes the PQ victory party and kills one and injures another.
Gotta love this country…. never a dull moment.
Question – social media wasn’t around the last time the PQ was in power… I wonder what kind of role it will play in the rest of Canada and inside Québec wrt the sovereignty debate that is sure to come… hmmm…
… too bad the separatists will form the next government in Quebec.
But it is a weak mandate and they most certainly don’t have the verve.
And dats good for Canada.
… are quickly losing credibility.
Contradictions and confusion in the Parti Québécois’ referendum strategy have come back to haunt Pauline Marois’s campaign, fueling attacks against the sovereigntist leader’s evolving plan to transform her province into an independent country.
Personally, I don’t think Marois could transform a kettle of water into tea, let alone a province into a country. But that’ll be for the voters to decide.
Ms. Marois argued that while her party would allow citizens to initiate a referendum on sovereignty, the government and the Quebec National Assembly would have a veto over whether or not to proceed with the vote.
Her position contradicts comments she made last February when the PQ Leader accepted that the government would be required to hold a citizen-initiated referendum on sovereignty if 15-per cent of eligible voters – about 850,000 people – signed a petition in favour of a vote.
Flippedly-flop! Just like a pancake on a Sunday morning.
And how about having to take a language test before being allowed to run for public office? That’s rich! And it is discriminatory too… would for sure lose a Charter challenge.
Oh wait! She has flapjacked on that too?
The apparent flip-flop was not unlike the one taken earlier this week over another controversial PQ position involving a Quebec Citizenship Bill. On Tuesday, Ms. Marois said that the bill would require a citizen wanting to run for public office in Quebec to have adequate knowledge of French. The proposal would violate both the Canadian and the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, experts said.
The PQ moved quickly to clarify its position, saying the requirement would only apply to new immigrants. But the damage was already done, forcing Ms. Marois to fend off accusations of intolerance towards cultural minorities.
What a piece of work! Their bumbling is starting to look similar to that of the gong show to the south called the Republican Party!
I wonder what Premier Charest is going to do during his next term in office.