Posts Tagged ‘Quebec’
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…
… 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.
Following up on yesterday’s post…
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???
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!
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.
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…
La belle province is soooo far ahead of Ontario in soooo many ways.
- You do not have to go to a designated store to buy booze – just stop at the local dépanneur
- In general, they have better tastes in food and in clothes
- One word: bagels
- In general, Quebecois are much more relaxed and less anal retentive than their neighbours to the west.
And finally, they have only one – secular – school system. They abandoned the wasteful discriminatory and anachronistic catholic system in 1997.
Quebec, which has grappled with efforts to limit the place of religion in its public institutions, has decided to bring secularization to the tot-and-toddler set. Starting in June, publicly funded daycares that teach a particular faith to their young charges risk losing their government funding.
Yup. Soooooo far ahead! Congrats to the Charest government (and the Bouchard government in 1998) for showing the cojones that successive governments at Queen’s Park have lacked!