The inconvenient truth about Quebec’s secularism law Trudeau doesn’t want to face: it’s popular

Quebec’s religious symbols ban should absolutely be an election issue, writes former PQ leader

Texte publié dans la section opinion de la CBC.

« Unthinkable. » That’s how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacted when Quebec tabled a law that would ban religious symbols and clothing for its teachers, judges, police officers and other public sector workers.

He pledged to « defend the rights of Canadians » against the proposed ban. His minister of justice repeatedly called the bill « unacceptable » and alluded to « next steps » once it became law.

Op-ed in the Guardian: Well done, Britain, for a fair referendum – it’s a shame Canada didn’t manage it

(Voici le texte d’opinion que m’a demandé le quotidien The Guardian, de Londres. En ligne ici.)

Boy, would I have loved to have had the Scottish referendum before the one we had in Quebec in 1995, for which I was strategist for the yes campaign. I am sure those who are for an independent Scotland have lots to say against the tactics and arguments of Better Together, but we in Quebec would have given an arm and a leg for the fair play and adult behaviour displayed so far by the British government. This is why:

If I were Anglo, I’d worry about this guy Couillard

I know most Anglo-Quebecers look at this election with a measure of unease with some of the policies of my party, the Parti québécois. I get that.

But I’ve talked with enough Anglo-Quebecers these past 18 months to know that they often give credit to the PQ for good government and that they resent being taken for granted by the Liberal Party. I know, also, that they loathed the climate of corruption and collusion that was prevalent under the previous Liberal government. And they surely don’t want it to come back.

The Economist: Canada « Uncool »? Québec « Cool »!

L’influent magazine britannique The Economist écrivait cet automne que le Canada devenait assurément, « Uncool ».

Soucieux de ne pas faire souffrir le Québec de cette mauvaise presse anti-canadienne, j’ai envoyé une brève lettre au magazine pour souligner notre différence.

Et en voici la traduction :

Gens du pays, c’est votre tour

«Notre Home» : Renforcer l’identité québécoise des anglophones

Le 5 octobre dernier, je vous faisais part de mon grand intérêt pour l’aperçu du clip «Notre Home», vidéo de promotion à venir d’un projet éponyme qui vise à « promouvoir le sentiment d’appartenance auprès des jeunes Québécois d’expression anglaise et tisser des liens avec leurs homologues francophones.

Aujourd’hui, le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) lance la version complète du vidéo: