It was short but brutal, the eight-day war in November that pit fighters from various factions in Hamas-led Gaza against Israel. The toll: 150 Palestinians and five Israelis dead, plenty of pain and misery on both sides. Both sides were ready. It just took a spark, which was provided when […]
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Integrity must replace corruption at city hall. Nothing anyone says or does now can change the fact that Montreal taxpayers have been ripped off royally by a system of corruption and collusion, payoffs and kickbacks, threats and greed. The code of honour expected of the civil service has been replaced […]
The Charbonneau inquiry into corruption in the construction industry has uncovered a problem. The RCMP had video evidence of thousands of dollars in kickback money from construction entrepreneurs allegedly being handed over to Mafia bosses. But they did not share this information with the Sûreté du Québec and it took […]
In spite of federalist fears, the Parti Québécois’s return to power, in a minority position, is actually a welcome result for a number of reasons. It saddles Pauline Marois with immediate and difficult challenges that will require compromise and toning down of the PQ’s more radical election proposals. It also […]
In 1976, the Gazette’s Aislin drew his famous “Okay, everyone, take a Valium” cartoon featuring René Lévesque in the aftermath of the first Parti Québécois victory. A lot has happened since then—we have more effective anti-depressants, and the PQ is back in power. The Quebec Liberals’ expiration date has arrived. […]
What kind of country is Canada becoming under the Stephen Harper Conservatives? Under the stealth of omnibus legislation, and with the virtually unbridled power of its majority, we respectfully paraphrase Shelley to observe: “Look upon these mean-spirited works, and despair.” A prime example: Under new rules, refugee claimants will be […]
On June 7, 1960, the Quebec Liberal Party made this election promise in a Le Devoir newspaper ad: Free education, from kindergarten through university, along with subsidies for room, board, and clothing, for students with the required ability and desire. The promise was part of the package of fundamental changes […]