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Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values
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Acquired rights attacked by proposed Charter of Quebec Values

Last fall, an event took place in Verdun that could be a metaphor for the changing face of Quebec. Nov. 4, 2012, was the last time members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 marched from the local cenotaph—a statue of a First World War soldier—to the Great War Memorial […]

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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 […]

Avid cyclist Russell Copeman wants to fix crumbling urban infrastructure. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Russell Copeman gains leverage in race for borough mayor

If you see a tall, curly-haired man on a Bixi bike in the west end, it may well be Russell Copeman, the former Liberal member of the National Assembly for N.D.G. He has a different route these days and won’t be heading downtown to his office at Concordia University where […]

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 […]

Senator Hugh Segal is ready to see job eliminated, if that’s what voters want
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Senator Hugh Segal is ready to see job eliminated, if that’s what voters want

Most Canadians would be hard pressed to name any of Canada’s 105 senators. That’s the nature of the beast. Our senators are appointed by the governor-general on the recommendation of the prime minister. They require no public support or accountability to serve until age 75, and barring a scandal they […]

Louise Harel says she plans to return to university for a week of English immersion.
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Louise Harel, the woman who would be mayor

Now that Montreal has its first anglo mayor in a century, Louise Harel has a new record in mind: becoming the city’s first female mayor. With city hall shrouded in a black cloud of collusion, corruption and kickbacks, Harel sees herself as having a credible chance of taking over next […]

Editorial: Montreal voters will have their say on integrity
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Editorial: Montreal voters will have their say on integrity

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 […]

Montreal city councillor Alex Norris has a reporter's eye and a politician's ear.
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Montreal city councillor Alex Norris fights for a cleaner, greener city

What the heck is going on at city hall? In Montreal, Laval, Boisbriand, Mascouche—just about everywhere that big money is being spent on infrastructure—it appears that inflated prices, as much as double the market value, kickbacks to civil servants and elected officials and payoffs to political parties and the Mafia […]

Quebec voters fear a reignited sovereignty debate, Kathleen Weil says.
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Kathleen Weil gears up to fight for diversity and individual rights

The evening before the September 4 Quebec election, Kathleen Weil could be seen strolling along Monkland, enjoying a dish of ice cream and appearing confident of personal victory in N.D.G. Schmoozing in outdoor cafés, she and her constituents were concerned about a PQ return to power, as predicted in the […]

Editorial: Parti Québécois victory paves way for federalist renewal
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Editorial: Parti Québécois victory paves way for federalist renewal

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 […]