Internet censorship. Website block lists. An extreme new law recently passed in Quebec means all of this could soon be the reality right here at home.
Shutting down services by withholding labour and taking to the streets, public service workers in Quebec aimed to send a message to their government over stalled contract negotiations.
Nearly a year of negotiations over public employee contracts in Quebec have led nowhere. But there are small signs of movement and unions are keeping up the pressure with a big strike December 9.
Disorganization, demobilization, and marginalization are the social impacts of the austerity economic experiment. Eric Pineault examines the reality of austerity budgets.
On April 8, Quebec proudly announced its new revamped Plan Nord. Premier Philippe Couillard's project, though much less ambitious than that of Charest's government, appears to be just as risky.
On Saturday March 21, over 5,000 people took to the streets in Montreal, opposing austerity and the petro-economy to unite against the across-the-board budget cuts of Quebec's current government.
The main culprit regarding the current deficit, along with the 2008 financial capitalism debacle, is none other than our elected officials' obsession with confusing tax cuts and societal projects.
The Council of Canadians is pleased that Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has agreed with the Quebec government on stringent conditions for the proposed Energy East pipeline project.
Quebec's budget impoverishes families, contributes to accelerating climate change, and leaves it up to the private sector to choose what will be the makeup of Quebec's economy.
Forget about snooping, forget about corruption and secret deals, and forget about cuts in the federal budget. Canadians are happy, and for that Harper and Marois have Vladimir Putin to thank.