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wRanter.com: Cultural and religious issues dominate as election day nears

Thank God for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). I say that not because trade is an inherently Jewish issue, nor because I know for certain the recently negotiated deal will be good for Canada, especially since its details have yet to be released. Irrespective of its long-term effects, the TPP might be our only hope to . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Cultural and religious issues dominate as election day nears

Trashy's World: Is Quebec sovereignty dead?

Maybe not entirely dead, but quite possibly in its death throes. Good work, PLQ! Et, pour les Péquistes – il faut savoir quand vous devriez quitter la soireé.. (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

CuriosityCat: Quebec: Help the PQ set their Lobster Trap

Reaction to the PQ Lobster Strategy?

Battles for votes rise or fall on framing: the ballot question, your opponent, your own side, the issues. Framing happens, with you or without you; sometimes best with you.

Ms Marois and the PQ have recoiled in horror from any discussions of the independence referendum or of an . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Quebec: Help the PQ set their Lobster Trap

CuriosityCat: Quebec election: The real ballot box question

PQ lobster trap for unwitting Quebecers

Try as they might, the PQ cannot direct the definition of the ballot question in the upcoming provincial election into fields of their choosing. They would rather talk about their Charter of Values, which has given them a good crack at Francophone votes to boost them into a . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Quebec election: The real ballot box question

The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

Looks like Captain Canada is staying “neutral” in the face of a PQ government which would almost certainly call a referendum and which of course, will be running on the regressive so-called “Charter of Values” that would ban observa… . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

Looks like Captain Canada is staying “neutral” in the face of a PQ government which would almost certainly call a referendum and which of course, will be running on the regressive so-called “Charter of Values” that would ban observant Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians from being a part of the civil service.

If Mulcair is “neutral” against this, . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

wRanter.com: The PQ is embarrassing itself

FB.Event.subscribe(‘edge.create’, function(response) { _gaq.push([‘_trackEvent’,’SocialSharing’,’Facebook – like button’,unescape(String(response).replace(/\+/g, ” “))]); }); Share this: It’s been an inauspicious month for Premier Pauline Marois’ minority government. First it tabled its so-called charter of Quebec values. Bill 60 – whose full, Orwellian name is the “Charter affirming the values of state secularism and religious neutrality and of . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: The PQ is embarrassing itself

Trashy's World: I hadn’t yet weighed in on Marois’ Charter of Quebec “Values”…

… because I was waiting to see exactly what it was going to look like… And, well, I’m disgusted. I’m sickened that any government in this country would go far as to prohibit the wearing or display of anything that does not in any way harm another person nor take away their right to a . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: I hadn’t yet weighed in on Marois’ Charter of Quebec “Values”…

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The PQ’s "Charter of Quebec Values"

Lately, there has been much of an uproar made over the PQ’s “Charter of Quebec Values” in the news.

Frankly, the entire thing strikes me as a ridiculous bit of pot-stirring on the part of the Marois-led PQ government.  The proposed Charter imposes a set of arbitrary limitations on religious expression that make no sense . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The PQ’s "Charter of Quebec Values"

kirbycairo: Quebec and Personal Expression. . . .

I have been so offended by the recently proposed legislation in Quebec that I felt compelled, despite a long silence, to speak up, if only for reasons of catharsis. First of all let me say at the outset that I believe that this legislation, supposedly intended to establish so-called Quebec ‘values,’ is, at best, racially . . . → Read More: kirbycairo: Quebec and Personal Expression. . . .

Trashy's World: Violence and aggressive…

… behaviour directed at Québec Anglos? On the evening of September 22, Mr. G., a 17-year old young man was walking with his cousins in St. Léonard, an east-end neighbourhood in Montreal. They were speaking English. A young adult male confronted them and said, in French, “You’re not allowed to speak English here.” When the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Violence and aggressive…

Drive-by Planet: New PQ government cancels tuition hike: victory for student movement

Bottom: Photo from last Saturday’s march in Montreal  celebrating victory and calling for free tuition.

Pauline Marois, the newly elected premier of Quebec, announced that her government has cancelled the proposed hike on student tuition fees. The hike was repealed by the new Parti Québécois government.

Yes it can be done even against . . . → Read More: Drive-by Planet: New PQ government cancels tuition hike: victory for student movement

Illuminated By Street Lamps: ‘Winners’ And Losers In Quebec Asbestos Mess

Photo: Vsmith/Wikipedia

Support for Canadian chrysotile asbestos is dead. First point, this: Canada should have gotten out of the asbestos game a long time ago.All asbestos causes cancer.  We won’t use it. And, we’ve been out of step with our European friends.But now, the inconvenient rub.With apparently no clear plan about how to diversify the . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: ‘Winners’ And Losers In Quebec Asbestos Mess

Trashy's World: Polievre is on another of his…

… clueless rampages again! Why demonize ALL of the unions because one of them makes a bonehead decision. Be that as it may (francophones giggle at that phrase), I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of PSAC! They have done this bullshit before in endorsing the Bloq in past elections. And that is why, the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Polievre is on another of his…

CuriosityCat: Quebec: Should PM Harper adopt Henry Kissinger’s ‘benign neglect’ policy?

Pauline Marois, the premier-elect of Quebec, has a shaky minority government, with the balance of  power being held by the new Coalition party, and a handful of seats separating the PQ from the Liberal Party. Marois has promised to up the ante in talks with the Harper government, with the aim of taking over as . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Quebec: Should PM Harper adopt Henry Kissinger’s ‘benign neglect’ policy?

Trashy's World: They’re baaaaack….

Yes, dear readers, the separatists have once again grabbed the reins of power in that province that starts with a “Q”. With but a slight advantage over the Liberals, the reins might be loose but make no mistake that Mme. Marois will flex her muscle in those areas that matter most to the paranoid and . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: They’re baaaaack….

Scott's DiaTribes: 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 . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Quebec – good, bad and very ugly.

Leftist Jab: If I were a Pauline Marois Political Adviser…

The face of intolerance being led away by police

As the results were trickling in during what was a tumultuous provincial election in Quebec: tragedy struck.

One person is dead. One person is injured and another in being treated for shock.

When taking part of the democratic process, the last thing that should be tolerated . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: If I were a Pauline Marois Political Adviser…

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 . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Madame Marois and the PQ…

Tattered Sleeve: The Cross is Boss: Marois 1, Frontwoodsers 0

As a proud fifth-generation anglo Québecker de souche, properly baptised by the Plymouth Trinity United Church of Sherbrooke, I must take a moment here to salute Parti-Québecois leader Pauline Marois for her bold statement pledging to keep my belle province the rightful Backwoods capital of North America.

Because here in Quebec, backwoods is where . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: The Cross is Boss: Marois 1, Frontwoodsers 0

Tattered Sleeve: The Cross is Boss: Marois 1, Frontwoodsers 0

As a proud fifth-generation anglo Québecker de souche, properly baptised by the Plymouth Trinity United Church of Sherbrooke, I must take a moment here to salute Parti-Québecois leader Pauline Marois for her bold statement pledging to keep my belle province the rightful Backwoods capital of North America.

Because here in Quebec, backwoods is where it’s at. And to underline that, Marois spent time on the campaign trail today defending her party’s proposal to secularize the province’s civil servants’ appearance, lest it offend the non-believers of whatever faith is projected by the bearer’s attire (sacred or not).

Unless, of course, the bearer’s faith happens to be Christianity (the “good”, or at least, “officially-sanctioned” faith, apparently).

Bravo, I say. I mean, I don’t know about you, but when I go down to the S.A.A.Q. to renew my driver’s license, the last thing I want to see is a fully-bilingual, smiling civil servant wearing a Scottish kilt. I don’t want to think about what’s behind that Sporran, thank you very much. There is nothing Catholic about the Scots, after all.

And it’s not just them, but those snooty Saudi-Arabian immigrant women – you know, the ones who aren’t even allowed to drive in their country of origin – but when they come here to pursue a better life pursuant to the United Nations declaration of Universal Human Rights, think they can go on following their Muslim faith and shit anyway. I mean, come on!

And I suppose there are other creeds with their ceremonial daggers and headscarves and other horrifyingly provocative faith-based attire. I just shudder to think. I mean, where did these Muslim people get the idea to have their women-folk cover up their hair with cloth anyway?

It’s just so …barbaric. I mean, really, how dare these carefully selected immigrants wear their headscarves and whatnot once they arrive here, just like they did their whole lives in their some-such places of origin? Why can’t they understand they can never become a true Québecois until they completely lay themselves down and take the holy ghost up the wazoo like the rest of us all did from the time ol’ Samuel de Champlain put his two fingers together in 1609 and whistled across the pond for La Vieille France to fork over a few hundred God-fearing Filles du Roi (yowza!).

Now that, my friends, was an inspired immigration policy. See, this is why it’s so important to wrest that from Ottawa. Oh, wait, I suppose that’s already happened. Shhh! Don’t tell them that until AFTER the election.

(ahem)

Seriously, any Péquiste with the slightest bit of self-respect – or respect for their visionary founder, Rene Levesque, and his strong sense of democracy – should be voting for either Solidarité Québec, or Option Québec. The PQ has gone so Backwoods, the only sound their pollsters will hear is the distinctive August buzz of mosquitoes and blackflies.

. . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: The Cross is Boss: Marois 1, Frontwoodsers 0

The Liberal Scarf: The family tree of Quebec political parties

Taking a break from talking about Tracey Weiler and Tim Hudak putting full day kindergarten at risk for Kitchener-Waterloo families by talking about some other kind of families: the family trees of Quebec political parties.

Those who know me know I’m a big Quebecophile, so I thought I would make a rough chart showing the . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: The family tree of Quebec political parties

Trashy's World: I don’t get it…

… because I clearly recall the Cons lambasting the Grits and Dippers, not so long ago, for being in bed with the separatists. Ahhhh… but not the BQ type of separatist, but the PQ species. They’re different, you know. Or could it be that the Harperites are desperate to build some bridges in Québec and . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: I don’t get it…

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 . . . → Read More: Polygonic: The case for an NPD-Q