An aide to Quebec's language minister is being accused of inflaming language tensions after he wrote a newspaper column called “Those Crazy Anglos,” and another criticizing politically correct immigrant stereotypes.
Opposition parliamentarians are rising in Quebec City and speaking out against Bill 14, delaying its passage. Through the heated rhetoric, one comment by a member of the PQ was noticed and led to a rather unusual response…in English.
Quebec Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Alexandre Cloutier unveiled the Parti Quebecois government’s long-awaited sovereignist governance plan Wednesday in Quebec City, and it involves relying on a familiar face.
A retired math professor from the Outaouais drove four hours in the snowstorm Tuesday to deliver his important message at the Bill 14 hearings: all cities in this province should operate exclusively in French.
Legault confirmed on Friday what had already been leaked during the week: that the Coalition Avenir Quebec was opposed to new language restrictions on military families, bilingual towns, and small businesses.
Bilingual municipalities fear they will lose their status and small businesses fear tough new restrictions. Quebec’s Anglophones are on edge and opposition is growing to the Parti Quebecois’ proposed revamp of language laws.
The Parti Quebecois says the province can't afford 10 road projects promised by the Liberals in their last months in power, putting planned upgrades to Highway 19 and a new West Island link on ice.
The opposition Coalition Avenir Quebec is taking aim at the province’s permanent anti-collusion unit, known by its French acronym UPAC. The second opposition wants the special police unit to report directly to the National Assembly.
The Parti Quebecois minority government, which has been forced to retreat on several key policies since it took office last fall, continued down that rocky path Wednesday as it reversed itself on a decision to cut $63 million in funding for environmental protection and health research.
There was some embarrassment on Tuesday for the Marois government when one of the PQ’s house leaders accidentally approved a motion critical of cuts made to university funding by his own government.
Speaking from London, Pauline Marois said that she was inspired by a decision by Scottish colleague Alex Salmond to give the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds during a referendum on independence next year.
Pierrefonds-Roxboro is the only borough with bilingual status and the local council wants to keep it that way, adding its name to the rank of local administrations opposed to the Parti Quebecois’ Bill 14.
Quebec’s corruption crisis has hit the New York ratings agencies. Following the resignation of Laval’s long-time mayor on Nov. 9, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the city’s financial outlook due to “uncertain leadership.”
The Parti Quebecois’ update to Bill 101, aimed at expanding the reach of Quebec’s language charter, has caused no shortage of controversy. Anglophone educators are balking at the suggestion that French-language teaching isn’t a priority.
Quebec’s environment minister will soon be in the hot seat at the National Assembly after the opposition voted Thursday to investigate allegations he bullied employees of the province’s independent environmental review board.
The Parti Quebecois budget introduces hikes on cigarettes and alcohol for 2013, but restaurant and bar owners were shocked to learn their share of sin taxes is retroactive and includes bottles they already have in stock.
The business community is expressing relief that the Parti Quebecois government shelved many of its election promises to produce the provincial budget, meanwhile the plan to cut infrastructure spending by $9 billion over the next five years is not going over well with construction companies.
The life of the new Parti Quebecois government is hanging in the balance as Opposition parties threaten to vote against its first budget, a move that would likely send Quebecers back to the polls.