…Trudeau is leading with 38.6 per cent support in Quebec, according to qc125.com. Final results would have nothing to do with SNC-Lavalin’s fate, but rather, with his responses to the debate about signs of religion and the CAQ government’s request to change immigration rules.
Ordinary francophone Québécois don’t care that much for SNC-Lavalin anymore. We’ve been hearing about their misdeeds in Montreal and around the world for years. We still haven’t fully digested the Charbonneau commission findings, and we’re not stupid.
If anyone thinks “all is forgiven,” they are wrong. Many want the company to pay big fines, but the outcome won’t have much impact on the Liberals’ performance in Quebec in October.
OTTAWA — In the ongoing debate over the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin and what kind of “pressure” was put on ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to prevent it, the pundit classes of Quebec and the rest of Canada are singing different songs.
Quebec is hardly a model for good governance, particularly given the fact that their provincial budget relies on fundamentally unfair economic transfer payments from the more fiscally disciplined provinces.
When it comes to cultural issues, however, the rest of Canada can learn a lot from our French-speaking brothers and sisters.
Gatineau city councillor Nathalie Lemieux apologized Monday for comments she made last week about Muslims and said she was stepping down as the city’s deputy mayor.
We need more like her.
Kitigan Zibi’s Joel Odjick says registry infringes on Indigenous rights.
Premier François Legault says there’s no need for a day devoted to action against Islamaphobia — because Islamophobia isn’t a problem in the province.
Legault made the comments two days after the second anniversary of the Quebec City mosque attack, when the deputy premier, Geneviève Guilbault, said the government would look into the idea.
“We looked at it. There won’t be one. It’s clear,” Legault told reporters Thursday at a caucus meeting in Gatineau.
About time someone said no to the Islamomasochists.
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador says Quebec’s approach to its soon-to-be implemented long-gun registry does not address First Nations issues or jurisdictions, and rights to traditional and subsistence practices.
“Quebec disrespects our own jurisdiction,” said Lance Haymond, chief of the Kebaowek First Nation.
What does Quebec want? It’s a question that has haunted the rest of Canada for decades—beginning with the birth of modern Québécois nationalism in the 1960s. The country’s English-speaking population has long endeavoured to understand Quebec’s “distinct society,” to solve the mystery of those peculiar Francophones who didn’t want to be relegated to the status of mere Canadiens Français.
It’s an interesting contrast, how Justin Trudeau deals with Quebec’s premier compared to Ontario’s and it tells you a lot about the coming election.
When it comes to the Trudeau government’s relationship with Ontario Premier Doug Ford it is attack, attack, attack. Trudeau even had one of his ministers label one of Ford’s ministers “unCanadian”.
SHERBROOKE, Que. — Quebec Premier Francois Legault laid out a shopping list of demands Thursday that he expects party leaders to address as they woo voters in his province during the coming federal election campaign.
“I won’t support any federal party,” Legault said after a private meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of a federal cabinet retreat.
“But I will be clear with our demands and I hope that most of these demands will be accepted by as many parties as possible.”
You just know that Justin will give them everything they demand plus a Pepsi and a bag of chips.
Ward, a popular Quebec comedian, is appealing a Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ruling that his performances included discriminatory comments about a young disabled singer, Jeremy Gabriel. The tribunal ordered Ward to pay $35,000 in moral and punitive damages to Gabriel and $7,000 to his mother.
“For 40 years, sovereignty has been in elections by default because either the party in power or the party in opposition was a sovereigntist party … that is no longer the case,” says long-time Quebec journalist Martin Patriquin.
The government has put the number of long guns — mostly shotguns and rifles — in Quebec at roughly 1.6 million. But since the registry opened last January, only 284,125 guns had been declared, Public Security Department spokeswoman Louise Quintin said.
Albertans are fed up with Quebec, the grand leech of Confederation. CAQ Premier Francois Legault lit the match when he killed the idea of restarting Energy East and declared there was no social acceptability for oil in Quebec. Well, guess what? There’s no social acceptability in Alberta for sending Quebec any more of our money.