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Grasping for straws – Pauline Marois

I’m glad this fear – if there ever was anyone in Quebec fearing it- was cleared up by her:

An independent Quebec would open its arms to tourists from Canada. That’s the message from Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois as sovereignty continues to be a prominent issue in the Quebec election campaign.Marois said today that Quebecers will still be able to go see the Rockies and Prince Edward Island and that Canadians from there will still be able to visit Quebec.

She’s trying to reassure soft nationalists that Canada won’t ban an independent Quebec’s people from being tourists, and vice versa? We’re really down to scraping the barrel for arguments […]

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Quebec’s ‘values’ charter – nothing but an attempted sovereignty gimmick

If you follow politics, you may have heard about Quebec’s “values” charter, which seeks to ban “religious” symbols or clothing from Quebec government workplaces (with the exception apparently of Quebec crucifixes or crosses in the National Assembly – that’s apparently an “important symbol to Quebec history”, not a religious symbol. I find it ironic then that the PQ always wants to remove the Canadian flag from the National Assembly when they’re elected to government, but that’s another story).

This is nothing more then an ill-disguised attempt to pander to some of Quebeckers’ worst fears in the hopes it will give the PQ a boost in the polls. It is also, […]

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The makings of Trudeau policy and what he stands for

In my own humble (and admittedly partisan) opinion, I think Justin Trudeau has had a good week. First, he strongly criticized the PQ intention of banning religious headgear from Quebec government institutions etc, calling that going against Canadian values and rights (right in step with how his father would have reacted to this), and then he had the upfront, honest interview of how he had dabbled in pot even as an MP, setting off a predictable torrent from the Conservatives (which I suspect he anticipated and perhaps even wanted).

I would argue that both stances will help, not hurt his reputation with a good portion of what we call […]

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Quebec court makes Vic Toews very mad.

As you might have read, a Quebec Superior Court ruled that Ottawa must hand over gun registry data pertaining to Quebec over to the province, so it can help start up its own provincial gun registry:

In his decision, considered a victory for Quebec, Judge Marc-André Blanchard said the registry was created in a collaboration between governments and that Ottawa can’t destroy the data on its own. “There is a complex web between the federal, provincial and municipal authorities that wove the firearms registry, which means that it could not have existed without the close and constant co-operation of everyone,” Blanchard wrote.

You can be assured the Conservative government will […]

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Quebec – good, bad and very ugly.

We had all 3 in last night’s Quebec provincial election. The bad news if you’re a Canadian federalist is the PQ won, and that Liberal Premier Jean Charest lost his seat. The good news is the PQ only won a slim minority (54-50-19-2 as of this AM), and the Liberals did not get as badly trounced as many polls had predicted – they did surprisingly well. (Don’t expect a CAQ/Liberal coalition government however; as the CAQ leader had ruled out doing that with any party during the campaign).

The ugly is that there was a shooting last night at Pauline Marois’s victory speech. 1 person was killed, another injured, and […]

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Baird feels attacking Ontario and now Quebec will win votes?

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