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Athens on the St. Lawrence? Not yet



Yet the same minister, in his March budget, chose to raise both taxes and spending, resolutely pumping still more money into social programs that are already far more generous than those across Canada. Quebec's debt, as a share of GDP, will grow again this year.

It's all Greek to Quebec

Lately, Quebecers, like Conservative MP Maxime Bernier, have criticized Quebec's overreliance on equalization, saying Quebecers are "spoiled children."


In other words, Quebec, which received $8.6 billion of the $14.4 billion doled out in equalization this year, is arguing that it’s not enough ! It wants more and it blames Alberta’s oil industry for its troubles. It’s a curious argument since it can be argued that Alberta’s oil industry is literally fuelling Canada’s economy and largely provided the money that was sent as equalization to Quebec in the first place.

La mauvaise foi jusqu'au ridicule

Lemay's staggering ignorance



Martin Lemay, the Parti Québécois MNA for Ste. Marie-St.Jacques, made a pathetic attempt on May 2 to rebut my column published in the Ottawa Citizen and online at The Gazette under the title,

Francophones have reason to be paranoid



Unfortunately for Johnson, we beat the odds. In Quebec, we are still here-though the situation of French Canadians in the rest of Canada remains precarious to this day. We are proud of what we have accomplished, we are proud of our history, and nobody has the right to vilify us while masquerading under the banner of protecting multiculturalism and bilingualism. Not even William Johnson.

L'enfer québécois



D'autres en appellent ouvertement à une rupture avec une période durant laquelle, selon eux, l'économie québécoise aurait été frappée d'immobilisme, ou se serait égarée. Malheureusement pour eux, et heureusement pour les Québécois, les faits disent le contraire.

L’influence politique des québécois à Ottawa: quel mythe ?



Monsieur Michael M. Fortier, Je me reporte à vos propos tenus ce matin à l’émission de Christiane Charette sur les ondes de Radio-Canada. Vous avez affirmé que la présence du Bloc québécois à la Chambre des communes à Ottawa est un obstacle majeur qui empêche l’influence capitale du Québec dans le choix du menu législatif. Cette absence serait préjudiciable au Québec. Le contexte de cette discussion était les déc...

Restons polis tout de même!



Napoléon Bonaparte a déjà déclaré qu'en politique, une absurdité n'est pas un obstacle. Monsieur Maxime Bernier, député conservateur de Beauce de son état et ex-ministre « démissionné « vient d'en franchir un nouveau dans son parcours déjà peu reluisant. Il s'amuse à parcourir le Canada en discourant sur les grandes valeurs conservatrices à la sauce Harper et en y ajoutant une forte pincée de Québec « bashing «....

«Fais-moi mal, Johnny...



(Québec) C'est peut-être en Beauce et non à Québec qu'on aurait dû utiliser Clotaire Rapaille. Parce que comme exercice sadomaso, celui du député de Beauce Maxime Bernier est éloquent. «Quarante ans de débats futiles sur l'indépendance; 40 ans de politiques irresponsables de la part de gouvernements du Québec qui vivent au-dessus de leurs moyens et qui nous endettent; 40 ans de revendications pour aller cher...

Maxime Bernier. Tant qu’à être colonisé, pourquoi ne pas l’être éperdument!

Il est vrai que pour se faire du capital politique au Canada, manger du Québécois est toujours rentable. Que ce soit un Québécois qui le fasse est plutôt original. Assurément un colonisé. Peut-être même un aliéné.


Vous vous souvenez de Maxime Bernier? Il était ministre de quoi au juste? Affaires extérieures! De très grandes responsabilités dans l'État canadien. À l'évidence, il n'a pas laissé un souvenir impérissable. Il est vrai que sa copine lui a porté un peu ombrage. Elle, elle avait du gabarit! Le Devoir nous apprend que Maxime Bernier tente un retour. Il viserait le premier poste, celui de premier ministre du Can...

Le gros ego de Ian Halperin et Dr. Small



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Niqab article is a wonderful synthesis of anti-francophone ideology

Comparing Quebecers' attitudes to those of Duplessis era is unfair


There is a debate in Quebec right now that is anything but simple: How can a free and democratic society grant religious freedom to its citizens while keeping this right in balabce with other rights recognized by our charters and by plain common sense, such as the equality between women and men? There's another question, just as complex: How can we reconcile this necessity with the role of the state as a neutral age...

Quebec's original paranoia

The backlash against 'foreigners' has its roots in an age-old fear of English immigrants threatening the French identity


Pro-Bill 101 protesters chant 'Montréal française,' during a march in Montreal on Sunday.Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, Canwest News Service, Citizen Special *** In his classic 1914 nove...

Niqab ban harkens back to the dark days of Duplessis

Our attitudes haven't changed much from when we locked up Witnesses


By Paul Waters - The handful of Quebec women who insist on wearing niqabs have done us all a service by unveiling just how weak-kneed and fragile is our commitment to personal liberty and religious freedom. In fact, watching all the parties in the National Assembly gang up on a couple of dozen women reveals that in many ways, Quebec hasn't evolved much since the dark days of Maurice Duplessis. ...

Tout le monde, il est beau...

Quebec's veil law is a slap in the face to Muslim women

The bill is insulting, and dismisses Muslims as sub-human


By SHAHINA SIDDIQUI - I have been reading in horror and sometimes nervous laughter the many tirades against the face veil that a tiny number of Canadian Muslim women wear in public. The arguments against the niqab range from the despicable to the ridiculous. Read the blogs or comments in major newspapers in Canada and you would think that we live in the most bigoted, intolerant nation in the w...

Quebec shows the way



Tarek Fatah - In a bill that could soon become law, Quebec will refuse all government services, including education and non-emergency health care, to Muslim women wearing face masks (know...

We've fallen short of our ideals on rights



Exactly 50 years ago this summer Prime Minister John Diefenbaker gave Canada a Bill of Rights, a law which "recognized and declared" a range of "human rights and fundamental freedoms." Last week's news stories about Quebec's Bill 94, and about U.S. shock pundit Ann Coulter, are a sad reminder of how far we have slipped since then. On July 1 1960, proposing his Bill of Rights in Parliament, Diefenbaker c...

Canada anglais et Québec sur la même longueur d'onde...



Ce qui, avouons-le, n'arrive pas très souvent. Mais ce qui, dans ce cas-ci, ne me surprend aucunement. Donc, ce samedi, un sondage pancanadien Angus Reid/The Gazette, montrait que plus de 80% des Canadie...

Quelle mauvaise foi!!! La détestation rend fou...

Quebec's witch hunt against niqabi minority



In Saudi Arabia, Iran and parts of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, police or vigilante militias crack down on women not wearing the niqab or the burqa. In Quebec, authorities want to crack down on women who do.

Red flag on niqab ban

bill 94; Don't intrude on rights, experts warn


By MARIAN SCOTT, KEVIN DOUGHERTY and PHILIP AUTHIER of The Gazette - The Quebec ban on face coverings such as the niqab (above) or burqa also applies to the entire edu...

Unreasoning anxiety elevated to law



Canada is a multicultural country, although not every person who lives here believes in multiculturalism. Some say it encourages newcomers to cling to the values and mores they left behind. When people wear clothing or artifacts that announce their religion or ethnicity, this can be interpreted as a lack of commitment to Canada. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but generally speaking our laws and jurisprudence ...

Legislating xenophobia



Chris Selley - I’m not quite sure what Quebec’s new Bill 94 means, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mean what Premier Jean Charest and Immigration Minister Yolande James are saying it means. Here’s Ms. James: “To work in the Quebec public service or to receive the services of the Quebec state, your face has to be uncovered.” Here’s Mr. Charest: “Two words: Uncovered face. The principle is clear.”...

Quebec unvils its own 'fragility'



Graeme Hamilton, National Post - Files Of 146,000 people served in health-insurance board offices in Montreal and Quebec City in 2008-09, 10 were veiled. MONTREAL - A reader of Montreal newspapers could easily get the impression that the city's streets are teeming with fully veiled Muslims. Photos of niqab-wearing women, their eyes visible through a narrow slit in their head-coverings, are freq...

Niqab nonsense



Is the province of Quebec really proposing a law that could prevent Muslim women from getting medical treatment if they refuse to uncover their faces? That is one of the possible scenarios in the misguided anti-niqab bill announced by Quebec premier Jean Charest this week. The proposed law is a clumsy, politically-charged hammer. The niqab issue, however, is one that demands flexibility and common sense -- no...

Quebec's niqab ban sets up a legal showdown

Experts say new law forbidding wearing of Muslim headdress could violate Charter of Rights


Jacquie McNish and Sarah Boesveld - Quebec could be heading for a human rights showdown if it proceeds with a proposed law to ban women from wearing face-covering veils on government premises, constitutional experts warn. "This legislation will probably be considered a breach of human rights," said Lorraine Weinrib, a leading constitutional expert and professor with the University of Toronto's law scho...

Comme un courant anti-Québec



Le fond de vérité à propos de l'achat d'Énergie Nouveau-Brunswick par Hydro-Québec, c'est que cette transaction avortée a provoqué dans les derniers mois des craintes légitimes dans la population de cette province, mais aussi un fort courant anti-Québec de Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve à Toronto. Et même plus loin, vers l'Ouest.

Tempest in a niqab

What Naema Ahmed’s expulsion from a French class really shows


by Martin Patriquin UPDATE: The Quebec government tabled a bill Wednesday requiring faces to be in plain view when obtaining or delivering government services. In August 2009, Naema Ahmed, a pharmacist, mother ...

Le niqab des solitudes

Comment expliquer les réactions si différentes au Québec et dans le reste du pays à propos du voile de Naema Ahmed?


Hélène Buzzetti - Ottawa — Le niqab révèle autant qu'il cache. Ce voile islamique intégral, dont le port par une femme égyptienne dans son cours de francisation a provoqué une tempête, a mis en lumière une divergence profonde ...

Multiculturalism

Quebec's view on niqab creates fault line

English-speaking Canada assails province's opposition to headwear; Quebeckers respond with cries of ‘marshmallow multiculturalism'


“Public debate in Quebec is vigorous, and the level of the debate is complex. On diversity, the debate is very poor in Canada. It’s marshmallow multiculturalism. You’re okay, I’m okay,” she said. “It’s tolerance, but it’s very soft and will face its own challenges at some point.”