The Legault Government

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All PR would do is make sure that a majority of voters would have to support it in order for it to take power – a threshold Harper never achieved.

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..moved to qs thread. sorry.

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CAQ government looking to abandon $600M wind farm on Quebec's North Shore

The Quebec government wants out of the contentious Apuiat wind farm project and has tapped Hydro-Québec to come up with an exit strategy, Radio-Canada has learned.

The Apuiat project, first proposed in 2015, is to produce an estimated 200 megawatts annually from about 50 wind turbines on Quebec's North Shore, near the town of Port-Cartier.

Backed by the former Liberal government, the $600-million project was highly criticized by the CAQ's François Legault during the election campaign.

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Société Apuiat, which represents the Innu stakeholders, and Boralex released a joint statement Tuesday, saying they were "disappointed to learn of the government's intention regarding our project" without having had a chance to present it to the new government.

The fact that that the government is now expressing its lack of support for the project without having spoken to the Innu promoters yet is unacceptable, said the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, Ghislain Picard.

"The Innu Nation is the promoter of the project — for me, it's important that the promoter isn't left out of such an important decision," he said.

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For Alain Thibault, the mayor of Port-Cartier, where many of those jobs would land, the CAQ's haste to pull the plug on the project comes as a surprise, after what he thought was a promising meeting with Julien last week.

"He really seemed interested in the project. He was asking a lot of questions on why we needed this in Port-Cartier," said Thibault.

He said if Apuiat is dropped, the CAQ will have a hard time promoting any new ventures in the region.

"Every time he will want to break ground in Nitassinan [the Innu territory], he will have to sit down with them."

"The Innu are no longer in a mindset of just receiving annuity from the government," said Société Apuiat in its statement. "On the contrary, Innu want to implement their own investment projects, to build something that is sustainable and renewable, to develop expertise and pride."

One of the premier's main arguments against the project during the election campaign was the Hydro-Québec president and CEO Éric Martel's lack of support for the wind farm, made public in a letter last August. 

The Apuiat project would cost the Crown corporation $1.5 to $2 billion over 25 years, Martel said in that letter.

Boralex and Société Apuiat challenge that analysis in their statement, claiming that by the time the wind farm would be up and running in 2022, "the margin of manoeuvre Quebec has in its energy supply will be running out." 

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50,000-strong climate march in Montreal targets Legault government

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of downtown Montreal on Saturday with hope, desperation and urgency, calling on elected leaders to act now to stop climate change — or they will be held responsible.

Desperation because despite all the previous marches and calls on government to act, the planet is still heading toward catastrophe.

Urgency because the latest United Nations report on climate change released in October says it’s not vague “future generations,” but today’s pre-teens that will feel the heat and effect as adults.

Hope because, well, without hope, what is there?

“We’re calling on all politicians to bring our voices to Parliament,” said Dominic Champagne, a theatre director, author and leader of the movement the Planet goes to Parliament, which organized the march, as he addressed the crowd....

“If you do, you will have these tens of thousands of people supporting you. … But if you don’t, they will not be duped.”

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Thousands of people took part in a march for the planet at Place des Festivals in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Supporters want Premier François Legault to step up the province's efforts to fight climate change.

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Demand for action on climate change shatters Scheer’s hopes in Quebec

Tens of thousands of Quebecers took to the streets this weekend to call for more decisive action on climate change. In Montreal alone, 50,000 took part in the demonstration.

In the short space of a week, more than 150,000 signed a pledge that commits them to reduce their carbon footprints but also demands more proactive leadership on the issue from governments.

Those numbers provide an answer of sorts to those who wondered whether Quebec’s culture of political mobilization had waned along with the sovereignty movement.

Some of the activism and the passion that for so many decades attended the debate over the province’s political future has shifted to the environmental front.

That shift is not happening in a vacuum.

It is already impacting the priorities of the rookie Coalition Avenir Québec government. And it could cost Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives any hope of gains in Canada’s second-largest province in next fall’s federal election.

In Quebec, the anti-carbon pricing platform Scheer has been spending the fall shoring up is dead on arrival both in the National Assembly and on the ground.

As for his commitment to the Energy East pipeline — a project designed to transport oil from the Prairies through Ontario and Quebec to the Atlantic Coast — it amounts to a target on the back of his candidates as well as an incentive for Quebec’s premier to keep at a safe distance from the federal Conservatives....

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The Legault government has begun its attack on the anglophone community, by forcibly seizing Riverdale high school and displacing its students to other schools, rather than allowing the english and french schoolboards to share the building or to build a new school for the french board. This makes 25 english schools closed since 1998.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/riverdale-high-csmb-lbpsb-1.4995277

For reference this is why anglos vote Liberal.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-religious-symbols-1.4995774

 

The CAQ has also begun asking for religious minority lists from school boards.

lagatta4

It is an unfortunate solution, but French-language schools are bursting at the seams downtown and in other central Montréal neighbourhoods: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/condos-villeray-school-1.4413430 That school is in the neighbourhood just north of mine, but there are many in the city centre in areas where few people - and fewer families lived even a decade ago. I don't know if it would be feasable to physically divide Riverdale School.

The Legault government is also requesting a headcount of teachers (perhaps other school employees?) who wear religious clothing or signs.

I detest the CAQ, but that doesn't excuse voting for the Liberals.

 

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We need smaller schools and smaller classes throughout Quebec. And some sharing of buildings by the two linguistic school baords would have been an innovative solution, taking account of the need to consult students and teachers. But this is not a government that believes in democratic school governance. 

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Gregory Kelley, a Liberal MNA and the Opposition critic for issues affecting the anglophone population, said his party is extremely disappointed Riverdale is closing down.

"[Roberge] has decided to use a very extraordinary and rare power to close down an English school without consulting teachers parents or the communities on that front," Kelley said.

He said the decision disregards the students' perspectives.

And that is, yes, why anglos tend to vote Liberal. If QS starts to stand up for minority-langauge education and democracy in school governance, it may get more anglo votes. (It already gets lots among anglo university students, of course.) Until then, it's no shock that a minority community will vote for the only party that appears to be defending them. 

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Good point swallow, I've looked through all the QS social media pages (including the Quebec Solidaire Volunteers Network, which posts in english and tends to discuss anglo community issues) and I haven't found a comment on this.

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And it begins............

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pietro_bcc wrote:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-religious-symbols-1.4995774

 

The CAQ has also begun asking for religious minority lists from school boards.

Well, to be accurate, what they're asking for are lists of people who wear religious symbols, including, I would assume, the symbols of the majority religion.

Granted, the overall purpose of the proposed ban is probably to lord it over people from minority faiths.   

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Who could be intimidated by a hijab? Or a yumulka or a turban ? Oh, I know...RACISTS. As I said before the election the CAQ are the party of La Meute. Interestingly, Legault does not extend banning religious symbols from the National Assembley where the crucifix hangs. You're either a racist or a hypocrite or both.

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Quebec’s plan to cancel 18,000 skilled-worker applications is misguided and morally wrong

Quebec’s newly-minted CAQ government managed to catch everyone by surprise when it tabled an immigration bill that includes a plan to throw out 18,000 skilled worker applications made before the CAQ came to power and dating back to 2005.

The decision comes amid government plans to introduce a new system of selecting immigrants that prioritizes “Quebec values, the French language, and the needs of the labour market.” The announcement, made just days after Premier Legault said his government would process all skilled worker applications submitted during the previous government’s mandate, has drawn the ire of many who see the decision as short-sighted and unfair to the 50,000-75,000 people who are now left in limbo.

CAQ supporters are lauding the decision, arguing it is a decisive and necessary move to decrease Quebec’s immigration backlog and get the system back on track. They are, however, unable (or unwilling) to see that this arbitrary and unnecessary move is penalizing people who have been waiting years to have their applications reviewed and comes at a heavy cost to Quebec’s economy and international reputation....

voice of the damned

The Coalition Avenir Québec government promises to move the crucifix that hangs in the provincial legislature's main chamber if its secularism legislation is adopted into law.

The CAQ is set to table a bill today titled, "An act respecting the laicity of the state," which would prohibit public workers in positions of authority from wearing a religious symbol such as a hijab or kippa.

A member of the CAQ announced Thursday morning that if the bill passes, the ruling party would introduce a motion to move the crucifix from the National Assembly's main chamber to a different part of the building. 

I suppose you could reply by saying that the crucifix is the graver affront to secularism, since it purports to symbolize the entire state, whereas civil servants wearing religious clothing are expressing only their own beliefs. And therefore, removing the crucifix should be done independent of whether or not the secular-dress bill passes.

And there's also the question as to where exactly in the Assembly they move it.

That said, this could probably go some way toward answering critics who accuse the CAQ of double-standards between Catholics and everyone else on the secularization front.

https://tinyurl.com/y36brjey

 

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And there's also the question as to where exactly in the Assembly they move it.

I've previously seen proposals to move it to the museum area. That'd suit me just fine. (If Legault moves it to hang over the stairs, so everyone has to walk in under it, that's not much of an improvement, obviously.)

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And there's also the question as to where exactly in the Assembly they move it.

I've previously seen proposals to move it to the museum area. That'd suit me just fine. (If Legault moves it to hang over the stairs, so everyone has to walk in under it, that's not much of an improvement, obviously.)

Yes, ideally it would be displayed in an educational context, with explanation as to when and why it was hung above the speaker's chair, why it was taken down, and the debate surrounding it.  

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/emsb-community-votes-to-reject-p...

I have never been prouder to be a graduate of the EMSB as I am right now.

"This proposed legislation would be contrary to the values the EMSB teaches its children, in particular, values of diversity, acceptance, tolerance and respect for individual rights and religious freedoms," said Julien Feldman, the chair of the EMSB human resources committee.

Civil disobediance to resist an unjust law, bravo EMSB.

lagatta4

The crucifix would be moved to the National Assembly museum. Already, Montréal is planning to remove its crucifix to what will be a museum area, before the reopening of the City Hall - Council is sitting in a neighbouring building. I do think that is important in terms of secularism and equality of members of any faith or of none. I don't really care how people dress - though I confess that a niqab (face covering, not headscarf) would disturb me as it is a barrier to communication.

I would like to point out that there are reasons other than racism to be disturbed by certain religious dress practices, when they are far more restrictive for women than for men. Here, I'm thinking more of some secular (not necessarily atheist) Muslim and Jewish women friends, who see those practices as tombs for women. I'm sure the same might apply to women who have left fundamentalist Christian backgrounds as well, but I don't personally know any. I have met secular women of Hindu backgrounds who feel the same.

That said, I think the Anjou councilwoman's statements were contemptuous and disgusting. And beyond stupid.

 

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