The Disaffected Lib: Who Will Lead the Tories into the 2015 Election?

If there was just one thing that Tories learned from Monday’s by-elections it was that they’re up against a resurgent Liberal challenge with Justin Trudeau at the helm.  They probably didn’t need the by-elections to tell them that, by contrast, their own leader is becoming increasingly unpopular if not outright toxic to Tory fortunes. Stephen ...

Trashy's World: Madame Marois and the PQ…

… are quickly losing credibility. Contradictions and confusion in the Parti Québécois’ referendum strategy have come back to haunt Pauline Marois’s campaign, fueling attacks against the sovereigntist leader’s evolving plan to transform her province into an independent country. Personally, I don’t think Marois could transform a kettle of water into tea, let alone a province ...

The Scott Ross: Russia & Quebec, Don’t Protest The Similarities

Vladimir Putin recently issued new fines for unsanctioned protests, $9,000 for protesters and $30,000 for protest organizers. Meanwhile a few months ago in Canada, Quebec Premier Jean Charest issued new fines for unsanctioned student protests, $5,000 for student protesters and $35,000 for student protest organizers. For anyone who thinks these two instances are similar they ...

Trashy's World: Charest is screwed…

And here’s an apt cartoon to depict his sad situation: Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Making Casserole Music in Regina

–Outlaw Snowy Bear and Jamie It was a nice warm evening, and I got together with about 80 other of Regina’s finest people to make our voices (and our pots and pans) heard on 13th Ave. What started as a student protest in Quebec, has grown into a national protest against a draconian Charest government ...

Drive-by Planet: 100th day of protest in Quebec: Charest’s tactics backfire

On May 18, in an effort to quell protest the National Assembly in Quebec passed Bill 78 – emergency legislation that includes a number of repressive measures. It’s an unwise move that is showing every sign of backfiring. Léo Bureau-Blouin, president of the association of junior colleges said “We deplore that the government chose the ...

Bill 78: four constitutional questions

A caveat: I haven’t taken constitutional politics in over a decade, though I was fortunate enough to have Peter Russell as a professor and had issues with Ted Morton eons before his political career. Still, Québec’s Bill 78 raises some interesting constitutional questions for the layperson with a passing interest. Here’s my take, and another ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Clowns in Quebec are Crying

Actually, the clowns are in public office. First they make it so police can claim a group that is assembled peacefully is illegal (which is a clear violation of Charter rights). Now Loi 78 and the City of Montreal is going after mask wearers at public gatherings celebrating political events. Au revoir, Bonhomme! I always ...

Art Threat: Quebec’s red square hits Cannes’ red carpet

The team behind 'Laurence Anyways' attends the film's premiere in Cannes, France. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.) Although Québécois filmmaker and actor Xavier Dolan may be across the Atlantic at the Cannes Film Festival, the government crackdown on civil liberties taking place in his home province doesn’t seem to be out of mind. As Dolan appeared on ...

elementalpresent: On Strike from Life as we Know it

The Quebec Government just announced a “special law” intended to bring an end to the 14-week student strike in that province. The law would postpone the rest of this semester and allow current students to finish it in August before starting school again in October. The announcement came on the heels of a particularly contentious ...

Drive-by Planet: Québec student protests send a powerful message

Québec education minister Line Beauchamp has resigned. In making the announcement she said “I am resigning because I have decided I am not part of the solution.” She denies that her resignation is connected with the demonstrations and “vandalism.” She has been replaced as Education Minister by Michelle Courchesne. Despite a long, arduous haul the ...

Polygonic: The case for an NPD-Q

A year, now, since Québec first crested the Big Orange Wave, and still, the NDP continue to thrive. It prompts a brand-new big idea: isn’t it time to build a provincial New Democratic Party in Québec? Will six be enough for the thirsty masses? There used to be one, though we’re forgiven to have forgotten. ...