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Quebec election 2014: a triumph for common sense

The Quebec Liberal Party won a resounding victory last night, returning to office with a majority of 70 seats (41.51%) only 19 months after losing to the Parti Québécois (30 seats, 25.37%). The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), a party that self-desc...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 8, 2014

Pauline Marois buries the lead

Talk about burying the lead. Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois has been in a hard-fought election campaign since March 5 and she’s kept secret her government’s intention to cut both business and individuals’ income taxes after the provinc...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 4, 2014

Has the PQ lost its chance for a win on Apr. 7?

The general election in Quebec seems to be slipping away from the Parti Québécois, which had entered the contest in first place and was hoping for—perhaps counting on—a majority victory on Apr. 7, 2014. According to the latest Ipsos Reid poll f...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 3, 2014

Les raisons pourquoi un anglophone va voter pour le PQ

J'habite à Québec pour une bonne boute, mais j'ai jamais essayer d'écrire en français...donc svp excusez me plusieurs fautes pendant que j'explique les raisons pourquoi un "tête carré"  va voter pour les pésquistes.La première chose à c...
by Canadian Soapbox on Mar 30, 2014

Has Pauline Marois squandered her golden opportunity?

The leader of Quebec’s Parti Québécois seems to be watching her attempt to build a “big tent” independence party fade away—at least, to one who accepts the results of recent public opinion polls. Pauline Marois, apparently, assumed her coal...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 22, 2014

Diversity & inclusivity a Canadian dichotomy and do they even matter?

The idea that cultural/racial diversity— multiculturalism, if you will—is desirable seems to have lost traction in Quebec, though, it seems to flourish in the rest of Canada—at least, at the official level. Having said that, I’m reminded of m...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 20, 2014

A vote for the Parti Québécois is a vote to break up Canada

The sovereignty movement in Quebec has two political wings, the provincial Parti Québécois and the federal Bloc Québécois. As I see it, a vote for either is a vote for Quebec sovereignty and a vote to break up Canada. I know many will disagree, p...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 14, 2014

New Brunswick: the latest “have” province?

New Brunswick is, apparently, poised to become a “have” province for the purpose of calculating federal equalization payments. According to a Mar. 4 news release from Calgary Centre MP Joan Crockatt, “Atlantic Canada’s proven oil and gas rese...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 5, 2014

Quebec goes to the polls Apr. 7, can referendum be far behind?

Premier Pauline Marois declared this morning that Quebec voters will go the polls in a general election. The date is reportedly April 7 following a 33-day campaign. Marois’s Parti Quebecois holds 54 seats in the legislature, nine short of a majori...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 5, 2014

Does tolerating intolerance make one tolerant? Québec's secular charter

Québec's secular or 'values' charter is quite the paradox.  Those who are opposed to it accuse proponents of being xenophobic and intolerant.  Supporters of the charter consider detractors to be supporters of intolerance.  So who are...
by Canadian Soapbox on Jan 24, 2014

Québec's values charter, starting to win me over

Like anyone I can be prone to knee jerk reactions, its normal. When Québec proposed values charter was first put forth I was opposed.  I cheered when I saw an Ontario ad seeking to attract employees of the Islamic faith to Lakeridge health cent...
by Canadian Soapbox on Oct 22, 2013

One Anglo-Quebecer's take on the language debate

The anglophone community has deep roots in Quebec, I however do not.   I moved to Quebec back in October of 2011, so that's less than two years that I have been residing here in the provincial capital of Quebec City.  When it comes to op...
by Canadian Soapbox on Feb 16, 2013

Québec considers lowering voting age to 16?

Recent news is suggesting that Québec Premier Pauline Marois is intrigued with the thought of extending voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds.  -CTV STORY HERE- Québec's first minister was in Scotland recently, where a vote on independence w...
by Canadian Soapbox on Jan 29, 2013

Time for Marois to show some leadership

I'm an anglophone Quebecer, I do speak French, however given that English is my mother tongue I am obviously most comfortable expressing myself in Canada's other official language. When out and about with my wife we invariably default to English in...
by Canadian Soapbox on Dec 12, 2012

Et tu Justine Trudeau?

Update – Nov 23, 2012 1:02 pm: Justine Trudeau says he’s sorry about comments he made—as related below—according to The Canadian Press. He says, however, that he was using “shorthand” to criticize PM Stephen Harper, not to criticize the p...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Nov 23, 2012

Warren Kinsella is spot-on about Ottawa’s reaction to flag flap in Quebec

The Liberal war room warrior Conservatives love to hate, Warren Kinsella, made some cogent comments in his Toronto Sun column regarding the shameless bit of small-mindedness engaged in by the newly-anointed Parti Québécois Premier Pauline Marois. K...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Sep 24, 2012

Harper government fighting Québec's law and order efforts‏

The federal long gun registry is back in the news.  Québec has just won an injunction preventing the federal government from destroying the long gun registry, and has given Ottawa 30 days to comply by handing over the data collected on Québ...
by Canadian Soapbox on Sep 11, 2012

Time to stop stressing about Québec

We Canadians love to worry, we worry about the economy, about the weather, about the direction our elected representatives are taking the country.  When we've had Liberal governments in Ottawa, right wingers have worried about big government. &n...
by Canadian Soapbox on Sep 10, 2012

Confrontation over language on the streets of Montréal - Video

I wasn't sure whether or not to share this particular video.  It shows a confrontation between a French Quebecer  and his girlfriend with a group of Asian Canadians who had the temerity to be speaking English in public.  My hesitancy w...
by Canadian Soapbox on Sep 9, 2012

Victory in Quebec for Parti Québécois

After nine years, voters have returned the Parti Québécois to power in Quebec, albeit, and for the first time ever, as a minority government. The results shortly after midnight Tuesday had Pauline Marois’s (pictured in an earlier photograph) PQ a...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Sep 5, 2012


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