Filtered By - Quebec Nationalism

  • National Post National Post View: Mulcair’s opportunism in Quebec is reckless Tuesday June 30th, 2015
    No Canadian old enough to understand its significance will ever forget the anguished tension of Quebec’s second referendum night in November 1995. The No side won by the slimmest of margins – 50.58 per cent to 49.42 percent. As all realists well understood, the reversal of those numbers would have meant a national cataclysm. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, back then a Liberal envi...
  • National Post Peladeau as PQ leader? Don’t hold your breath Thursday April 10th, 2014
    Nobody expected Pauline Marois to keep her job as PQ leader after the monumental defeat she presided over on April 7, but it seemed a bit rich for three leadership contenders to be auditioning for the role before Ms Marois even got to the microphone to make her concession speech.  One after the other, Mssrs Péladeau, Lisée and Drainville took their turn...
  • National Post Five takeaways from a brutal Parti Québécois defeat Tuesday April 8th, 2014
    I was asked for an election prediction in a media interview Monday afternoon. Based solely on an intuition that francophone Quebecers were in a punitive mood after being treated as dummies for 33 days, I said the Liberals would end with a solid majority (I did not dream it would be 70 seats!) So I am naturally feeling rather chuffed today. Last evening was given over to euphoria. T...
  • National Post Quebec’s electoral rollercoaster Wednesday April 2nd, 2014
    I’m the early bird in my household and get to the newspapers first. Every day my husband comes downstairs with the same question on his lips: “Any new polls?” He’s nervous; I’m nervous. Everyone we know is nervous. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. Not for the first time, of course, but Quebecers never get used to an electoral panic other provinces...
  • National Post Quebec case puts Catholic teaching in crosshairs Monday March 24th, 2014
    Given the timing, with a provincial election campaign in progress, and months of tension surrounding the PQ’s proposed Charter of Values that would ban religious accessories in public institutions, the atmosphere is unusually charged for a major test of religious freedom at the Supreme Court this week. Beginning Monday, Montreal’s private Loyola High School will face its fina...
  • National Post PQ drops the mask from its bigotry Tuesday March 18th, 2014
    In democratic countries, tribalism cloaked as a respectable political party can’t hope to bend the population to its will by reason. The only way tribal leaders can get themselves voted into power today in the West is to encourage their ethnic constituency to look at the world through race-coloured glasses. All peddlers of a utopian future need an “other” who is standin...
  • National Post The desperate separatist quest for winning conditions Wednesday February 26th, 2014
    The issues that preoccupy the politically engaged in other provinces — the economy, infrastructure, public services — are incidental beside the only question that seems to matter to Quebec’s political elites, namely: “Do you identify as a Quebecer or a Canadian?” It’s a ridiculous question, like “Do you identify as a man or as a husband?&rd...
  • National Post The PQ’s war against faith Wednesday January 22nd, 2014
    It’s not often that we Canadians get to see a show trial in progress. But we’re watching one now — namely, the public hearings on the Quebec government’s proposed Bill 60, popularly known as the Charter of Quebec Values, which would ban religious symbols in the public service to ensure visible neutrality with regard to religious convictions and visible conformity ...
  • National Post Quebec’s token bow to its Catholic past Wednesday October 9th, 2013
    Can a nation have its culture and eat it too? That, it seems to me, is the question at the heart of the debate over the confusing Charter of Quebec Values. As many commentators — including revered elder sovereigntist statesmen Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard — have pointed out, retaining the conspicuous wall-hung crucifix in the legislature of the National Assembly...
  • National Post Dancing the diversity polka Wednesday September 4th, 2013
    Of all Canada’s political party leaders, Pauline Marois may well be Canada’s clumsiest communicator. Almost every pronouncement she makes about language and Quebec culture — little else seems to preoccupy her — draws both internal and external critical fire. It’s hard to know what motivates Marois’s proposed projects, such as the now floundering Bill 1...
  • National Post Quebec surpasses France in language paranoia Tuesday May 21st, 2013
    Warning: Viewing of the following material is for rational people only. Side effects for those suffering from myopia, dyspepsia, chauvinism and/or membership in the Parti Québécois may include heartburn, nausea, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision or public bombast. Caution is advised. Last week France’s Higher Education Minister Genevieve Fioraso introduced a ...
  • National Post Quebec’s history, through the separatist looking glass Wednesday May 15th, 2013
    When the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage recently was tasked with reviewing the way Canadian history is taught to children, Quebec’s politicians and pedagogical mandarins immediately made their displeasure clear. One minister huffed, “If their wish is to control the teaching of history, they will certainly hit a wall in Quebec.” And a college historian, al...
  • National Post Quebec seeks covert exit from pledge to ethnic minorities Friday April 5th, 2013
    Quite a lot of printer’s ink has been consumed in the last few months on the iniquities inherent in Quebec’s proposed Bill 14, a substantial revision of Bill 101, Quebec’s 1977 Charter of the French Language. One of the saddest things about the PQ’s return to power is that it upset an unprecedented détente between francophone and Anglophone Quebecers ...
  • National Post Quebec’s Bill 14 is a pathological attack on the sin of speaking English Friday March 22nd, 2013
    Thanks to Bill 101, Quebec’s 1977 Charter of the French language, no language in the world is as regulated as French is in Quebec. But Pauline Marois’ young minority PQ government was not satisfied with French merely being protected from erosion. This government seeks to establish the primacy of French in a way that will reduce the presence of English in every walk of public ...
  • National Post Quebec’s devotion to anglos ends at their language Monday February 11th, 2013
    Jean-François Lisée, the Parti Québécois minister tasked with improving his government’s relations with English-speaking Quebecers, spoke Sunday at a closed-session meeting of PQ delegates in Drummondville. He explained to his colleagues that there is a difference between allophone immigrants, who are expected to “integrate with the francophones&rd...
  • National Post Quebec’s ‘totalitarian’ take on religious education in high school Wednesday December 12th, 2012
    Until 2008, the curriculum of Montreal’s (private) Catholic Loyola High School included a course called “Morals and World Religions” (MWR). MWR taught students the basic history and tenets of other major religions from the Catholic perspective, which is presumably what the students’ parents were paying for. In 2008, however, Quebec introduced a province-wide progr...
  • National Post Calling Quebec anglophobia by its name Wednesday November 7th, 2012
    But enough already about the U.S. elections. Instead, let me tell you about the 90 minutes that I spent two weeks ago taping a one-on-one interview with Montreal public-affairs journalist Richard Martineau, for his TV show Francs-tireurs (Sharpshooters), to air tonight on TéléQuébec. Martineau invited me on his show to defend my Sept. 28 National Post column, in whic...
  • National Post Quebec’s mindless mobs reflect French/English divide Thursday May 24th, 2012
    In case you haven’t noticed, the massive protests in Quebec have been rather one-sided, culturally speaking. As the mindless mobs fill the streets day after day, protesting the injustice of having to pay a few hundred dollars more in tuition, you will find that amongst them, almost nary is heard an English-language word. This is a linguistically schizoid protest. There are 43 franc...
  • National Post ‘Quebec values’ means no blessings for chickens Friday March 16th, 2012
    I make chicken soup all the time. It tastes great and it’s a cure for everything. My younger sister does too. But she will only use kosher chickens to make it. She swears kosher chickens make the soup taste better. But I think my soup is every bit as good as hers. (Better – please don’t tell her I said that). Chickens are chickens. I can see why people for humane reason...
  • National Post The state’s new place in the souls of the nation Wednesday February 22nd, 2012
    Quebec’s religion course doesn’t just teach the facts about different faiths, but that all are equally valid. Canada’s Supreme Court has erred in its latest ruling that a mandatory Quebec curriculum in Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC), from which a Drummondville Catholic couple wished to exempt their son, does not infringe the couple’s constitutionally ...
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