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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper"s Outrageous Assault on Radio Canada

We know how much Stephen Harper hates the CBC. We know how he has slashed its budget, until it's swimming in its own blood. We know what he recently said about it:"First we’re going to get them on their knees and then we’re going to restructure them.”But now he has taken aim at Radio-Canada, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper"s Outrageous Assault on Radio Canada

Montreal Simon: Why the Scottish Referendum Is NOT the Quebec Referendum

I've been seeing a lot of stories in the Canadian and British media, comparing the Scottish independence referendum campaign to the one in Quebec in 1995.And I've resigned myself to seeing a lot more of them after this latest development. Because it is so familiar.But here's the thing eh? I've seen the Scottish referendum . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Scottish Referendum Is NOT the Quebec Referendum

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Losing Battle for Quebec

Well as you know, and as I mentioned the other day, Stephen Harper has set out to try to woo the province of Quebec. Or at least the people in the relatively small region in and around Quebec City, where he is planning to hold a special cabinet meeting. The rare cabinet meeting to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Losing Battle for Quebec

Montreal Simon: The Winter from Hell and the National Unity Hysteria

In his well known song Mon Pays, the Quebec poet and singer Gilles Vigneault famously sings: "My country is not a country, it's the winter."And in this seemingly never ending one, this Winter from Hell, I think we can all relate to that. But since just a few weeks ago during the Olympics we . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Winter from Hell and the National Unity Hysteria

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper is the Real Separatist-in-Chief

I see Pierre-Karl Péladeau's decision to run for the Parti Quebecois in the Quebec election has sent shockwaves rolling across the country.With some in the media predicting trouble for Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime.Pierre Karl Péladeau’s emergence as a superstar Parti Québécois candidate represents a seismic shock for not only Quebec politics. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper is the Real Separatist-in-Chief

Montreal Simon: My Kind of Way to Fight the Quebec Charter of Values

I really like this photo. And I'm glad some Quebecers took to the streets today to protest against the PQ's exclusionary so-called Charter of Quebec Values. And although I am an atheist if I had been in Montreal today I might have marched with them. Because I will not let anyone discriminate blatantly . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: My Kind of Way to Fight the Quebec Charter of Values

Montreal Simon: The Long-Gun Registry Lives !!!!!

At least in Québec.

The federal government’s plan to destroy all data from its long-gun registry is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled, giving Ottawa 30 days to hand to Quebec records collected from the province’s gun owners.

“Quebec didn’t embark in the project of setting up a registry knowing that it would later be . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Long-Gun Registry Lives !!!!!

Montreal Simon: The Confessions of a Quebec Anglophone

The other night I wrote about how shocked I was by the senseless act of cowardly violence that stole the life of poor Denis Blanchette.

And how stunned I was to see his deranged killer scream "The English are rising!!!" As if he was acting in our name, as if we the Anglos of . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Confessions of a Quebec Anglophone

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Shooting and the Hatred that Kills

For a Montrealer like me, who lives and plays happily in both solitudes, and is always trying to bring Quebecers and Canadians together, it was the ultimate nightmare.

An old Anglo, in a balaclava …. and a bathrobe … screaming "The English are rising up!!! There's going to be fucking payback !!!"

After killing . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Quebec Shooting and the Hatred that Kills

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Absurd Attempt to Woo Quebec

OMG. Mothers hide your children. It appears that Stephen Harper has set out to try to woo Quebec.

Stephen Harper and more than a dozen of his cabinet ministers chose Quebec to kick off the Tories’ political “summer of love,” wooing support with their economic plan and a pledge to work with the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Absurd Attempt to Woo Quebec

Montreal Simon: The Casserole Protest and the Two Solitudes

As a guy who has one foot in each solitude, I know that the Québécois tend to be a little more exuberant than Canadians in the rest of the country.

Especially when it comes to sex, or standing up for their rights. Or beating casseroles in the street in the middle of a raging . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Casserole Protest and the Two Solitudes

Montreal Simon: The Day They Turned Montreal Red

And so it came to pass. On the 100th day of their amazing struggle, they refused to be intimidated by a totalitarian bill, and turned Montreal RED.

A sea of students, their numbers swollen by trade unionists, teachers and other supporters, flooded through the streets of Montreal in a massive turnout marking the 100th . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day They Turned Montreal Red

Montreal Simon: Quebec to Harper: Take Your Crime Bill…

…and shove it.

The debate isn’t over yet for the Harper’s government’s criminal justice legislation – at least not in Quebec.

The provincial government announced Tuesday that it would do everything in its power to limit the clout of the legislation that passed a day earlier.

And why wouldn’t they? When this fascist bill . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec to Harper: Take Your Crime Bill…