Pauline Marois talks Bombings – Well, Separatists Know a Thing Or Two About That

I can’t get enough of the silliness behind Quebec’s proposed Secular Charter.

Pauline Marois, Quebec’s Premier, is quoted in today’s Le Devoir defending her proposal to impose secularism on civil servants (well, except Christians, apparently, unless you think secularism means having a giant freaking crucifix in the National Assembly).   According to her, the French model of secularism she’s proposing to adopt will prevent Quebec from turning into England, where:

“they whack each other on the mouth and send bombs because it’s multiculturalism and nobody can find a place for himself anymore in that society.”

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It’s Groundhog Day in Quebec

Remember that movie “Groundhog Day“? An arrogant weatherman, played by Bill Murray finds himself living through groundhog day over and over, until he finally mends his ways?  I kind of feel like that with Quebec.

About this time last year, I had a post about the Party Québécois’ (the “PQ“) proposal to prohibit Quebec civil servants from displaying religious symbols at work, well, other than crucifixes (see Secularism – Iran Style).  Well, here we are, a year later, and guess what, we have a post about a new PQ proposal to ban all religious headwear and dress by public sector workers in Quebec (which, given that Quebec’s public sectors is massively bloated is half the work force).  Sigh. Continue reading “It’s Groundhog Day in Quebec”

Justice Trudeau on Alberta – Aren’t you glad the Liberals don’t believe in divisive politics?

Conveniently timed to coincide with next week’s by-election in Calgary Center (where the Liberals were making noise about fighting a competitive race), Justin Trudeau, the presumptive heir apparent of the federal Liberals, is under siege for disparaging comments he made two years ago about Albertans.  In a 2010 interview with French-language interviewer Patrick Lagace, on a Tele-Quebec show called Les francs-tireurs, Trudeau said:

“Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda. It doesn’t work,”

When Lagace asked whether Trudeau believed Canada was better off “when there are more Quebecers in charge than Albertans,” Trudeau replied:

“I’m a Liberal, so of course I think so, yes. Certainly when we look at the great prime ministers of the 20th century, those that really stood the test of time, they were MPs from Quebec … This country — Canada — it belongs to us.”

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“Stephen Harper hates us” – I wonder why?

The contrast between two stories recent news stories about the Public Service Alliance of Canada (“PSAC”), the union that represents most federal civil servants, struck me as a perfect illustration of the obliviousness of modern public sector labour unions (though by no means a solitary one).

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Any bets on the outcome of the Quebec election?

Recent polls are showing that the Quebec election is turning into something of a horse race going into the last week of the campaign.  The last poll, prepared by Leger Marketing for the Journal de Montreal, has the Parti Quebecois (PQ) a scant 5 percentage points ahead of the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), who are themselves almost neck-and-neck with Jean Charest’s Liberals (see Eric Grenier’s usual excellent analysis over at threehundredandeight.com).  [Update:  CROP has a poll out in today’s La Presse showing the CAQ 5 percentage points behind the PQ, from 9 percentage points in their last poll.]  

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Classic Bob – In this Battle Over a Niqab, I don’t know who to cheer for!

In light of the fiasco that is the Parti Quebecois‘ proposal  to turn Quebec into arguably the least tolerant jurisdiction in North America to impose controversial restrictions on language and religious displays, I thought this older piece might be appropriate.  It arose from this story about a Muslim woman who was told to remove her Niqab if she wanted to attend a French language/civics class, because, among other things, the teacher couldn’t see her lips to ensure she was learning French properly.  In response, she filed a human rights complaint with the Quebec human rights tribunal. Enjoy!

I’m never sure who to cheer for in these cases.

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Secularism – Iran Style

I was reading Chris Selley’s piece about the gong show that is the Quebec election, and how Quebec somehow manages to maintain policies, attitudes and opinions that anywhere else in Canada (and the rest of the civilized world) would be beyond the pale of polite society.  But the Party Quebecois’ (the “PQ”) latest proposal takes the cake.

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