Montreal Simon: The Quebec Election and the Angry Canadians

On a sunny afternoon, in my favourite Montreal neighbourhood, both the Quebec election and the hysterical reaction in English Canada, seemed very far away.Which was a good thing eh?Because following the election campaign from Toronto and a beach in Maine, has been very exhausting. And the reaction in English Canada has been entirely predictable and ...

Montreal Simon: Dieppe and the Lost Myth

It was good to see that some of the soldiers who took part in the Dieppe Raid were able to make it back to that bloody beach today. And that so many people in the town turned out to greet them like heroes. I'm also glad that we may finally know the main reason for ...

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 thunderstorm ...

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Great Victory

They marched for three months. In the cold of February and the chill of the Maple Spring. Many of them were roughed up, or arrested for no good reason.  For most of that time the corrupt Charest government refused to talk to them, just tried to divide and conquer. They were infiltrated by a handful ...