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Editorial: The buck stops at the prime minister’s door
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Editorial: The buck stops at the prime minister’s door

The problem is Prime Minister Stephen Harper: his vision, his control, his actions. As the drama of how to punish three avaricious senators is being finalized, it is increasingly obvious that the issue of what to do with the Senate and its rules, or lack thereof, is secondary. Since it […]

Editorial: Corruption, infrastructure woes are twin election issues
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Editorial: Corruption, infrastructure woes are twin election issues

As these lines were being written, formal proceedings began against Gilles Vaillancourt, the ex-mayor and so-called King of Laval, who faces 12 charges, including conspiracy, fraud, influence peddling, breach of trust and gangsterism. As the highest-profile municipal official to be indicted so far, the case against Vaillancourt and 36 others […]

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Editorial: Proposed charter of Quebec values devalues individual rights

Montrealers are shaking their heads about the priorities of this Parti Québécois government, as expressed in its obsession about defining and imposing a so-called Charter of Quebec Values. As these lines are being written, details of the charter are not yet known, but the essentials are clear: the Pauline Marois […]

Editorial: Bill 101 has been an effective instrument
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Editorial: Bill 101 has been an effective instrument

When the Office Québécoise de la langue française was proposed 35 years ago, it was the object of both delight and scorn. For the PQ government of René Lévesque, it was necessary to stop the erosion of French in Quebec. For many anglos, it was a direct assault on the […]

Editorial: BDS movement is another front in the war against Israel
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Editorial: BDS movement is another front in the war against Israel

The decision by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking to pull out of a major Israeli conference gives a boost to that murky, one-sided campaign known as BDS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. For those who support guarantees for a safe and secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state as part of […]

Editorial: Pierre-Karl Péladeau a poor choice for Hydro-Québec
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Editorial: Pierre-Karl Péladeau a poor choice for Hydro-Québec

Premier Pauline Marois has been naming a lot of Parti Québécois favourites to important government jobs lately, and when they are competent, these appointments are considered acceptable patronage. It’s part of the game. But she made a serious error in choosing media magnate Pierre Karl Péladeau as the new chairman […]

Editorial: Boycott clothing manufactured in Bangladesh to help save lives
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Editorial: Boycott clothing manufactured in Bangladesh to help save lives

Consumers love cheap clothes and shoes, but who is really paying the price for these bargains? The answer was revealed brutally to the world last month in the horror of the latest in a series of factory disasters in Bangladesh. Nearly 500 workers were crushed to death when a building […]

Editorial: Prime Minister Stephen Harper must go — and here’s why
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Editorial: Prime Minister Stephen Harper must go — and here’s why

Among the range of skewed priorities of the Stephen Harper regime is the government’s ideology-driven war on crime and its rapidly rising cost. It is one of several reasons the Conservatives are bad for Canada, out of touch with the voters of this city and province and deserve to be […]

Editorial: No more artificial language strife in Quebec
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Editorial: No more artificial language strife in Quebec

As the world laughs about the kerfuffle known as “pastagate,” Quebecers are shaking their heads in dismay as the Parti Québécois government pushes ahead with changes to Quebec’s language law. There is a lot wrong with Bill 14, even as the Pauline Marois regime has softened its hard line and […]

Editorial: Better people are the answer to Senate shenanigans
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Editorial: Better people are the answer to Senate shenanigans

Like thousands of voters, you might have no idea who is in the Senate, how they got there and what they do. But the spate of recent revelations about how certain members of that august chamber appear to have been abusing financial perks has turned the very existence of the […]