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Françoise David, who announced her retirement from politics on Thursday, never looked so uncomfortable as at the moment in October 1995 when she sat beside Bloc Québécois leader Lucien Bouchard at a hastily arranged news conference.
The second referendum on Quebec independence was in full swing, and the Yes side was narrowly ahead in the opinion polls.
Worldwide there were political surprises a-plenty in 2016, most of them unpleasant.
Voters in the United Kingdom and the United States, against all expert predictions, heeded the voices of discord, sturm and drang over the calming, if mealy-mouthed, assurances of the establishment.
Following an unpredicted primary result, the French will now, it seems, choose a president of either the far right or the extreme right.
The people of the Philippines enthusiastically elected a thug who boasts about throwing people out of airplanes; and even the long dormant German far right movement -- the scariest of them all, if only for historic reasons -- is chewing hard at the ankles of the last establishment liberal still standing, Angela Merkel.
In a flurry of activity on the eve of Parliament's winter break, the Trudeau government plans to -- finally -- fully ban asbestos.
The government will announce tomorrow that Canada will no longer allow the import, export or use of asbestos.
The scientific and medical communities have long established a clear connection between asbestos fibres and a number of deadly forms of cancer. Nonetheless, Canada has lagged behind many other countries in entirely banning the product.
There was a time, in fact, not too long ago, when both the Quebec and federal governments wanted to revive what had become a languishing asbestos industry.