We live by the rule of law.

We live in a society where we should be free from fear and intimidation.

The strong arm tactics this week from members of Quebec's construction unions were shameful and illegal, and it highlighted once again that there is so much wrong with the construction industry in this province.

There was nothing spontaneous about this, as union leadership claims.

Ironically the unions gave Premier Charest a gift by showing just how much new, powerful legislation is needed.

Bill 33 strips the big unions of their so-called "right" to place workers.

There is so much wrong with allowing the unions that power.

Devotion and adherence to the union is rewarded, and penalties given to those who fall out of line.

The days of goons and coercion should be long gone.

Obviously they are not.

Once again it underscores the urgent need for reform, and severe sanction against those who live their lives through collusion, corruption and mob rule.

Farewell Pauline

The surest sign that Pauline Marois is on her way out is that she is vowing that she isn't going anywhere.

The Parti Quebecois always devours its leaders and the knives are clearly out for Madame Marois.

With all of the troubles facing the Liberals, the opposition should be light years ahead in the polls.

The coming of the new party lead by Francois Legault is cause for even more concern for the Pequistes.

Marois is weak and the vultures are circling. It is indeed the Perils of Pauline.

Somewhere Gilles Duceppe is quietly waiting, licking his wounds from the federal election, but knowing that he will be summoned, sooner rather than later.

He will learn the problem with the PQ is not the leader -- it's the PQ itself and what it stands for.

Replacing tyrants with tyranny

It hasn't been a good year for despots, but I'm not sure the governments replacing them holds much promise.

Tunisia has elected an Islamist party to lead a new coalition government.

This week, the first thing the new interim leader of Libya announced was a return to Shariah law.

It's not good news for women in either country.

Now Libya says its version of Shariah will be moderate, but that moderation already means a return to polygamy.

Shariah makes woman subservient to men; they become second class citizens.

I'm sure Libyans fought for democracy, not Shariah law.

And Canada was an active participant in the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.

Our government must makes its voice heard, and ensure that all Libyans, and especially Libyan women, will not be subject to a medieval way of life.

Otherwise the Arab spring may turn into an Arab winter for many.