Posts Tagged ‘Quebec

COLUMN: Duhaime – Is Harper Captain Canada?

- March 20th, 2014

Harper will speak for Canada

by Eric Duhaime

Who is Captain Canada this time around?

The question is relevant now that Pierre Karl Peladeau has jumped into the ring as Captain Quebec, the champion of separatists.

The April 7 election will mark an important step towards another referendum if the Parti Quebecois wins a majority of seats.

When Quebecers are asked who will lead the No campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s name comes first. As the son of Pierre, he is an easy and obvious choice. But is he the right one?

A guy who answers with a hockey joke when questioned about the political crisis in Ukraine should make federalists nervous about Trudeau as their spokesman. Let’s also remember Trudeau is the one who said in the recent past that he’d rather live in a separate Quebec than a Canada led by Stephen Harper. Read more…

COLUMN: Duhaime – Harper makes mistake with Quebec politics

- October 24th, 2013

Harper lands squarely on PQ minefield

by Eric Duhaime

By joining the court challenge last week of the democratic rule of 50% plus one in a referendum on Quebec’s secession, Stephen Harper’s government opened up a can of worms it won’t be able to close anytime soon.

Nobody is talking about Quebec’s independence anymore in La Belle Province.

There is no appetite for a debate that has already divided us far too much; we all still suffer from those divisions. It wasn’t even on the agenda of Pauline Marois’ government.

Harper might not have politically benefited from his “bonne entente” approach with Quebec, but he can certainly be commended for ending silly jurisdictional fights since he became prime minister. Read more…

COLUMN: Lilley – Freedom under fire

- September 13th, 2013

Parti Quebecois values charter an outright attack on individual rights

by Brian Lilley

Having lived and worked in Quebec as a reporter the last time the Parti Quebecois was in power, I’m not surprised they have come out with their so-called values charter.

What is surprising to me is the level of support I’m hearing from Canadians outside of Quebec.

This charter will ban all kinds of religious clothing, jewelry and symbols and have bureaucrats measuring the size of crosses around the necks of government workers.

Yet on talk radio, on social media, in comment sections of media sites across the board, you can easily find comments saying such a law should be taken up by other provinces across Canada.

I’ve had people tell me repeatedly that Canada is a free country and so we should ban religious symbols and dress in the workplace.

This is unreal. Read more…

COLUMN: Duhaime – Devil is in the details

- September 12th, 2013


PQ’s tower of babble

by Eric Duhaime

We might be far from Mesopotamia and 3,000 years after the Book of Genesis. Still, the Parti Quebecois’ new charter of Quebec values reminds me of the ambitious project of building a tower in Babylon.

Since when are values different from one province, one country, or even one continent, to another?

Aren’t there universal values?

And aren’t all other values personal and different from one individual to another? Something obviously got lost in translation.

It seems Quebecers who do not agree or share the PQ’s values are traitors, or at least not true Quebecois. Read more…

COLUMN: Duhaime – Ending Quebec’s corruption

- June 20th, 2013

Who the heck is minding the public purse in Quebec

by Eric Duhaime

Every time a political scandal hits La Belle Province, many English-Canadian political commentators wonder whether it is in Quebecers’ genes to be more prone to corruption.
Such an intellectual exercise is as futile as thinking there is a greater scientific risk of being a crack junkie if you live in Toronto as opposed to any other city in Canada.

Before going further with the genetic theory of Quebecers’ pork-barreling disease, let’s remind everyone that Michael Applebaum is not a “pure laine” Quebecois but the first Anglo-Jewish Montreal mayor.

So if there is more political patronage in Quebec, the explanation might lie in our political system itself more than in our blood. Read more…