Archive for the ‘Quebec’ Category

And the beat goes on…

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post…

The SNC Lavalin choice for their new CEO ignites Quebec language debate….

The board of Quebec corporate titan SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. interviewed – and passed over – at least two francophone contenders for the company’s top job before deciding to hire American Robert Card as its chief executive officer, The Globe and Mail has learned.

The naming of Mr. Card, who does not speak French, to lead one of Quebec’s most successful companies has become an issue in the provincial election campaign. PQ leader Pauline Marois, pushing to toughen Quebec’s controversial French language laws, seized on the appointment Monday, saying during a campaign stop in Montreal: “I am asking SNC-Lavalin that it make sure that he follow courses in French so that he could at least become bilingual.”

Seriously, who do you want to be in charge of a multi-gazillion dollar company? Someone who has beaucoup d’experience but doesn’t speak la langue? Or someone who is fluent but may not have the qualifications of the first guy (or gal)? And for Marois to basically demand that the new boss take language training??? This guy will be paid millions in salary and bonuses and LANGAUGE TRAINING would be the best use of his time???

This reminds me of the Habs’ big coaching controversy last year.

Don’t the language zealots have anything better to do? Maybe they should set out to translate 50 Shades of Grey into Québecois… that’ll distract them for a spell!

(382)

Sigh.

Monday, August 13th, 2012

As much as I love elections, I cannot help but be annoyed when it comes time to hold one in la belle province… cuz language laws always shove their way to the forefront.

Leader of the péquistes, Pauline Marois:

The PQ leader expressed concerns that the English language was becoming increasingly present as the preferred language of communication in Montreal. According to Ms. Marois, data collected by the Office québécois de langue française, the government agency that oversees the enforcement of the language law, showed that between 2010 and 2012 the number of merchants in Montreal who welcomed their customers in French has dropped had dropped from 89 per cent to 74 per cent.

Ms. Marois said the decline of the French in Montreal signals the need for a tougher language law.

“The message has to be clear: in Quebec we live in French, we work in French, we communicate in French,” Ms. Marois said during a campaign stop in Montreal on Sunday.

I have never agreed with the concept of a unilingual Quebec within an offically bilingual Canada. Bill 101 was and is a slap in the face to the rest of Canada. Marois knows this but cares not because only a small, small minority of anglophone voters mark X’s for a PQ candidate; and justifiably so.

Gonna be a long campaign…

 

(375)

Charest is screwed…

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

And here’s an apt cartoon to depict his sad situation:

(505)

Following up on Quebec’s infrastructure debacle…

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

… is this article in The Star on how these problems should serve as warning signs for the rest of the country.

The city’s roadway problems are perhaps the most extreme example of what the Federation of Canadian Municipalities calls a $123 billion shortfall in municipal infrastructure spending across the country.

“It’s like a cancer in a human being: if you catch it in time, it will be okay, but if you don’t it will spread,” said Saeed Mirza, a professor emeritus of civil engineering at McGill University.

“What I would like to say to the government is: if you cannot maintain it, do not build it.”

True words. If we to avoid the Quebec problems, our pols at all levels must come to terms with the fact that significant investments are needed. Now.

(958)

Quebec or Bosnia : who has safer public infrastructure?

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Honestly, after reading this, I think I’d take Bosnia over one of the Montreal bridges, overpasses or tunnels…

What a shame. And disgrace.

But look y’all, before we in the RoC start feeling all smug-like, start looking at the condition of some of the streets etc. in your neck of the woods. Many of us are not that far behind QC, infrastructure crisis-wise…

Big bills coming up… just saying…

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1032836–large-concrete-slab-collapses-in-montreal-tunnel?bn=1

(550)

Gable’s editorial cartoon in the G & M

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Related to yesterday’s post. Nice one Mr. Gable!

(439)

And if ya can’t play with it properly, then you don’t get to play with it at all.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The Government of Québec has made the wise move of pulling all of its police force’s Tasers out of the field after some of them were shown to be malfunctioning.

Hopefully a full ban is next and the rest of the country follows suit… if our cops can’t use it with respect, then they should not have this weapon.

Are you listening, RCMP???

(1511)