Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Losing Battle for Quebec

Well as you know, and as I mentioned the other day, Stephen Harper has set out to try to woo the province of Quebec. Or at least the people in the relatively small region in and around Quebec City, where he is planning to hold a special cabinet meeting. The rare cabinet meeting to be held outside Ottawa, ...

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Also Lost the Quebec Election

I only wrote one post about the Quebec election, because I knew that Pauline Marois' hideous version of the Parti Québécois was going to lose, from the moment she embraced Pierre Karl Péladeau.And he raised his fist in the air and with a crazed look on his face demanded a country. Even though polls showed ...

Leftist Jab: The Train Wreck That Is The Parti Québécois Election Campaign

The personification of the PQ’s ills  That singular statement “…faire du Québec un pays!” (make Quebec a country!) and half-hearted choreographed fist-pump defines the morass of the PQ right now. With Quebec’s stalling economy and aging population, the ace up the sleeve of Pauline Marois was none other than media tycoon Pierre Karl Péladeau, or ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Stealing Democracy Part XII: More Revelations On Quebec, and Bill C-23

As more incidents of voter suppression in Quebec come to the surface, the picture starts to become a little more clear.  Yesterday, we learned about a Green Party candidate who has been denied registration as a voter. The issue comes down to the interpretation of "domiciled": The debate over who can and can’t vote in ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The Politics Of Othering

I don’t like Pauline Marois.  I never have.  Frankly, she reminds me of a teacher I had in grade 6 who ruled the classroom through fear and intimidation … and she keeps on using political tactics that reek of the same stupidity. Today’s entry into the race for the bottom that is the Quebec Election ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Grasping for straws – Pauline Marois

I’m glad this fear – if there ever was anyone in Quebec fearing it- was cleared up by her: An independent Quebec would open its arms to tourists from Canada. That’s the message from Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois as sovereignty continues to be a prominent issue in the Quebec election campaign.Marois said today that ...

Montreal Simon: Pierre-Karl Péladeau and the Sun News Separatists

Well it wasn't a total surprise, but it was still a stunning sight. Pauline Marois and her new star candidate Pierre-Karl Péladeau Pierre-Karl Péladeau, controlling shareholder of the Quebecor media empire, on Sunday announced he will run for the Parti Québécois, saying his top motivation is to make Quebec independent.  “My joining the Parti Québécois is tied to ...

The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

Looks like Captain Canada is staying “neutral” in the face of a PQ government which would almost certainly call a referendum and which of course, will be running on the regressive so-called “Charter of Values” that would ban observant Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians from being a part of the civil service. If Mulcair is “neutral” against this, what ...

The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

Looks like Captain Canada is staying “neutral” in the face of a PQ government which would almost certainly call a referendum and which of course, will be running on the regressive so-called “Charter of Values” that would ban observant Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians from being a part of the civil service. If Mulcair is “neutral” against this, what ...

The Liberal Scarf: What happened to Tom "Captain Canada" Mulcair now that the writ has dropped in Quebec?

Looks like Captain Canada is staying “neutral” in the face of a PQ government which would almost certainly call a referendum and which of course, will be running on the regressive so-called “Charter of Values” that would ban observant Jews, Sikhs, Muslims, and Christians from being a part of the civil service. If Mulcair is “neutral” against this, what ...

Calgary Grit: 2013: Year in Review

January: SunTV applies for corporate welfare, arguing that they cannot survive unless the government forces people to watch them. Later this year, they would give Rob and Doug Ford their own show…before cancelling it faster than Lucky 7. Whoever could have guessed this fine young man would find himself at the centre of so much ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Quebec Card

There are many things to worry about what Stephen Harper might do to Canada, especially now that he is desperate. From forcing through his pipelines at gunpoint, to threatening the future of our medicare system.But what I fear the most is that he might, for cheap political reasons, harness anti-Quebec sentiment in this country, and leave Canada ...

LeDaro: Pauline Marois: Her proposed Charter of Hate-Values

It is already having an impact as a Muslim woman was harassed on  a city bus by a bigoted moron. Also a mosque in Saguenay was attacked and disfigured. “A substance that appears to be pig’s blood was sprayed on the front of the mosque Saturday, and a letter containing hate comments was also left at ...

Valerie Burns: Doldrums

My three faithful readers remind me that I don’t post here often enough for their liking.  They are dear to me, and I love them all.  Hi guys. There are a few reasons I don’t post more.  SInce I like lists, I’ll make one here to amuse and bemuse:  1.  We are winning.  We, the ...

Calgary Grit: Charter Polling Misses Mark

For those hoping Quebecers would abandon Marois over her utterly repugnant charter, this is an encouraging headline: Quebec Liberals jump to 7% lead over PQ as backlash grows over values charter A recent boost in support for the Quebec Liberals means the party could secure a “hair thin” majority in the province if an election ...

Montreal Simon: How the Quebec Charter of Values Ruined My Perfect Day

It was a wonderfully warm sunny day in Toronto today. A great day off to relax and pretend that summer is still here.I went to the beach, I spotted my second Monarch butterfly of the season in some flowers near the Island Club House, and I got to pet the baby alpaca at Far Enough Farm.In ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The PQ’s "Charter of Quebec Values"

Lately, there has been much of an uproar made over the PQ’s “Charter of Quebec Values” in the news. Frankly, the entire thing strikes me as a ridiculous bit of pot-stirring on the part of the Marois-led PQ government.  The proposed Charter imposes a set of arbitrary limitations on religious expression that make no sense ...

Calgary Grit: Poutinesque

With their raison-d’etre of separatism neutralized, one would have hoped the PQ would set to work trying to turn around Quebec’s economy. Instead…this: Quebec is heading into another fierce debate over the future of religious freedom in the province with the Parti Québécois government set to release a Charter of Quebec Values that could ban ...

Calgary Grit: Provincial Unrest

Alison Redford’s approval ratings have fallen to “Stelmachian” levels Angus Reid has released their quarterly Premier approval ratings. As per usual, Brad Wall is more popular than God, and everyone else is a little more human: Wall (SK): 64% approve, 28% disapprove Alward (NB): 41% approve, 50% disapprove Selinger (MB): 38% approve, 49% disapprove Wynne ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Got Punked

Golly. I see Stephen Harper FINALLY got a chance to show why some weird religious organization, named him the Statesman of the Year.No. Not at this meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, the creator of the "Bibi Bomb" as inspired by the Road Runner.Because that was just man love.Read more »

Canadian Progressive: An Un-Canadian Insult: Pauline Marois Portrayed As Hitler On Facebook

This is hate speech par excellence! A Facebook Page, Montreal Official, portrays incoming Quebec premier Pauline Marois as Adolph Hitler, and as asks: “How long will it take her to fuck up Quebec?” If you thought that wasn’t insulting and un-Canadian enough, try imagining 133 172 people “liking” the page. Photo: [Facebook] Now, compare the photo-shopped ...

Calgary Grit: Charest’s Loss May Be Harper’s Gain

It was hard for Harper to say no to “the most federalist Premier in my lifetime”…and the one man who laughed at his jokes. Although the federal leaders executed Cirque Du Soleil worthy backflips to stay out of the Quebec election, the repercussions of this vote will be far reaching. Having a separatist attack dog ...

Alberta Diary: Thanks to a murderous nut, long gun registry will be Harper’s first post-PQ test – he will likely fail

Gavrilo Princip under arrest in Sarajevo in 1914. But a speedy arrest wasn’t enough to avert a long war. Below, Quebec Premier Designate Pauline Marois. If you think about it – and you can bet on it that the Canadian gun lobby will refuse to do so – the murderous man with the assault rifle ...

CuriosityCat: Quebec: Should PM Harper adopt Henry Kissinger’s ‘benign neglect’ policy?

Pauline Marois, the premier-elect of Quebec, has a shaky minority government, with the balance of  power being held by the new Coalition party, and a handful of seats separating the PQ from the Liberal Party. Marois has promised to up the ante in talks with the Harper government, with the aim of taking over as ...

Trashy's World: They’re baaaaack….

Yes, dear readers, the separatists have once again grabbed the reins of power in that province that starts with a “Q”. With but a slight advantage over the Liberals, the reins might be loose but make no mistake that Mme. Marois will flex her muscle in those areas that matter most to the paranoid and ...