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cco

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....

pietro_bcc

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.

pietro_bcc

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. 

pietro_bcc

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............

voice of the damned

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

 

cco

voice of the damned wrote:

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.)

voice of the damned

cco wrote:
voice of the damned wrote:

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.  

pietro_bcc

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.

 

cco

Quebec's economy minister subject of ethics investigation

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Québec solidaire's Vincent Marissal filed a complaint asking Mignolet to investigate Fitzgibbon's nomination of Guy Leblanc as president and CEO of Investissement Québec, the agency that helps finance businesses across the province. Marissal alleges in his complaint that Fitzgibbon has personal and professional ties with Leblanc. His complaint also claims Fitzgibbon had given instructions to a trust to sell shares he allegedly owned in a company.

Pondering

I haven't heard anything about PR recently. Does it look like Legault might follow through? Do we know if anyone is working up a specific path forward? Are the other parties involved?

cco

He said he intended to follow through when asked after the election, but I haven't heard of any committee studying it or bill being introduced.

Unionist

Pondering wrote:

I haven't heard anything about PR recently. Does it look like Legault might follow through? Do we know if anyone is working up a specific path forward? Are the other parties involved?

Legault promised to table a bill by next autumn to change the electoral system for the 2022 election to some kind of MMP. Both the PQ and QS have expressed their support. Whether he'll do it or not is not a matter on which I'll be betting cash any time soon.

This is the latest media article I recall seeing about the matter. It analyses what the results might be - among other things, it would mean the CAQ shooting itself in the foot. So that's why I'm hanging on to my cash for now.

If anyone really insists on a translation, I'll get to it when I have a moment. Meanwhile, try Google Translate.

Unionist

cco wrote:
He said he intended to follow through when asked after the election, but I haven't heard of any committee studying it or bill being introduced.

They've given themselves until Oct. 1 to table a bill - and no, I haven't heard of consultation. Committee usually comes after first reading.

So to make life a wee bit simpler, here's a copy and paste (unverified by me) of the Google Translate version of the article I linked to above, dated April 9, from French CBC:

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If we switch to a proportional mixed electoral system in 2022 in Quebec, about one-third of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) members will have to give up their seats. The government of François Legault has committed to tabling a bill by next fall to reform the electoral system, with the support of the Parti Quebecois and Québec solidaire. A noble project, in theory, but one that will have important consequences for many elected officials, in practice.

In the Laurentides region, where the CAQ holds the ten electoral districts, a mixed proportional vote would result in the release of four electoral divisions, which would be left to selected candidates on lists.

Who would leave? The hon. Member for Groulx and Minister of Finance Eric Girard, the Member of Parliament for Prévost and the Minister responsible for seniors, Marguerite Blais, and the member for Deux-Montagnes and Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charrette? Should Prime Minister François Legault choose instead and ask backbenchers to step down?

This is a question that arises because the scenarios already contemplated show that compensatory mixed proportional voting operates region by region. And the CAQ holds all the ridings in several regions of Quebec, such as Mauricie-Bois-Francs or Chaudière-Appalaches.

The choices ahead will be heartbreaking, and this is the kind of process that will undeniably sow discord in the caucus of the CAQ.

Justice Minister Sonia LeBel, who has the mandate to table a bill by October 1, will not only have the difficult task of convincing her colleagues, but also of facing their anxieties.

Talk to former Premier Jean Charest who had to bury a similar project in 2006, when the growl won his caucus. By the admission of Papineau's former Liberal MP Norman MacMillan, big words, and even very big words, came out of his mouth when he learned that in the five ridings of the Outaouais region , two, including his own, would be subject to list candidates.

MPs who are dedicated to the election of their party are waiting to keep their jobs and their salaries. Jean Charest understood that, to find peace inside his caucus, it was better to kill the project.

The same thing happened in 1978 under René Lévesque. Minister Robert Burns, who presented a green paper on a reform of the voting system, did not make any friends in caucus. His project died when he left politics the following year.

The Parti Quebecois would also have difficult decisions to make. Although it supports the reform of the voting system, the PQ should also sacrifice a few ridings in its only stronghold in Bas-Saint-Laurent-Gaspésie. It is half of his caucus that is at stake.

Of course, with a compensatory mixed-member proportional vote, the PQ could probably elect list members elsewhere in Quebec, but it would probably lose two out of five in Gaspésie.

Once again, who would accept to sacrifice? As one of the experts in the voting system, Professor Emeritus Louis Massicotte, has often explained, those who make the decisions are the current elected representatives, that is, those who have the most to lose.

François Legault plays big if he seriously intends to follow up on this project. Not only is he putting his majority at risk, because a compensatory mixed-member system may elicit repeated minority governments, but he will ask his deputation for a strong sense of self-denial.

Pondering

Thank you Unionist. The article was illuminating. I don't want to be pessimistic but it doesn't look good. 

Unionist

I do dearly hope this gentleman is found innocent of any attempt to use his office to reward his buddies and line his pockets.

Quebec's economy minister denies any wrongdoing as ethics probe launched

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Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon says he has broken no rules and has no intention of resigning in light of the ethic commissioner's probe into the nomination of a friend to the top job at a government agency and the sale of assets in a company he has a stake in.

"I will not resign unless I feel that I'm not helping the government," Fitzgibbon told reporters Wednesday.

If he ever feels that his presence in the cabinet is detrimental to what Premier François Legault "has in mind to accomplish, I am going to leave in in 30 seconds," he said. "Failing that, I'm going to continue."

It's possible he's missing the point, but time will tell.

PS: This is not the Beaverton.

pietro_bcc

https://www.democratienouvelle.ca/en/non-classe-en/unanimity-in-the-nati...

Also something that was missed by the media, the Liberals voted in favor of a motion that signals support from the cross party agreement signed by the CAQ, PQ, QS and Greens before the last election that calls for MMP.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10cilqxcZB3xfa0NyMMbo73Yteq8xhRWUnf9D...

So support for MMP is now truly unanimous in Quebec.

Unionist

That's great, pietro_bcc, thanks for those important reference materials. Someone should ask the Liberals where they stand today. And the CAQ where they will stand tomorrow. But we need to keep pushing.

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From afar it appears to me that the people in CAQ are awake to the reality that Quebec politics is very volatile with parties coming and going. Looking to the future they could well be thinking that even if they win government a second time under FPTP once they lose government it could literally end the party like it did with the SoCreds in BC and almost did with the NDP when it was reduced from government to 2 seats. MMP is a good long term strategy for them to maintain political influence for the long haul and one that I wish the various provincial NDP governments had understood.

Pondering

I was afraid Legault would backtrack assuming he could trade power back and forth with the Liberals indefinitely. 

I think you are right in that all the parties recognize the volitility of Quebec politics. In Quebec MMP would likely lead to greater stability for the parties and their representatives. 

This is huge for QS. If the last election were under MMP their seat count would have doubled to 20. 

I followed this link and look at the dates!

https://www.democratienouvelle.ca/en/non-classe-en/unanimity-in-the-national-assembly/

MONTREAL, April 4, 2019 – Unofficial translation – A major step was taken yesterday in the National Assembly with the unanimous adoption of a motion introduced by MP Sol Zanetti, jointly with Minister Sonia Lebel and MPs Harold Lebel and Catherine Fournier. All elected officials, including the Liberals present, voted in favour of the motion reaffirming the principles of the cross-party agreement signed in May 2018 with the support of the Mouvement Démocratie Nouvelle, principles that must prevail for any reform of the voting system in Quebec.

At the bottom of the page they are supposed to agree on the details by October 1st!

Unionist

Pondering wrote:

At the bottom of the page they are supposed to agree on the details by October 1st!

I did mention that yesterday - in an article that you found "illuminating" - but that's cool, because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And important news bears repeating.

Pondering

Unionist wrote:

Pondering wrote:

At the bottom of the page they are supposed to agree on the details by October 1st!

I did mention that yesterday - in an article that you found "illuminating" - but that's cool, because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And important news bears repeating.

Yeah but it was buried in post #78 without an exclamation point! Then you followed up with a really long pessimistic quote explaining how CAQ would lose seats so it will be a hard sell to his own MPs. I missed the good part and got all pessimistic because the quote made sense. 

In future please use exclamation points for clarity when imparting important news. Otherwise, good job! 

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There should totally be a thread on punctuation.

There should totally be a thread on punctuation! 

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 Should there be a thread, totally on punctuation?

Sean in Ottawa

Yes to all this.

kropotkin1951 wrote:

From afar it appears to me that the people in CAQ are awake to the reality that Quebec politics is very volatile with parties coming and going. Looking to the future they could well be thinking that even if they win government a second time under FPTP once they lose government it could literally end the party like it did with the SoCreds in BC and almost did with the NDP when it was reduced from government to 2 seats. MMP is a good long term strategy for them to maintain political influence for the long haul and one that I wish the various provincial NDP governments had understood.

Sean in Ottawa

kropotkin1951 wrote:

 Should there be a thread, totally on punctuation?

Sure but drifts can also be good.

BTW -- I really like the Spanish way of announcing -- question coming -- and then after writing it. that was the question. Or, Important statement coming and that was it.

Isn't it a clean way of isolating with the start and end to questions / exclamations etc?

pietro_bcc

The leaders of the NDPQ, Conservatives and Greens met with MPs from the PQ, QS and Liberals today to discuss the specifics of what electoral reform system should be and the small parties are arguing for a threshold of 2% to receive seats. Which I personally believe is too low, 5% is more reasonable but I understand that suggesting a lower number is self serving for the smaller parties.

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If "everyone's vote deserves to count" then the cutoff should be the reciprocal of the number of seats.  Win 1/125th of the vote and you've won a seat.

An arbitrary "cut off" value, solely to "tweak" the results is the exact opposite of making every vote count.  It's literally taking some votes that would and should count and saying "not you, weirdo".

JKR

With a 2% or 5% cutoff the slogan could be changed to “make many more votes count” or “make many more votes matter.”

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Or "make more of the right votes count".  Too dog-whistley?

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voice of the damned

Mr. Magoo wrote:
"not you, weirdo".

AKA "Do you think that Kellie Leitch should have her own party?"

https://tinyurl.com/y4dlxx65

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If the province is split into regions, the threshold will be higher than that. Eastern Townships, 5 ridings, a party would need 20% to elect a deputy. But I’m not sure that the slogan make every vote count is used much in Quebec. 

Pondering

Make every vote count is a slogan therefore a simplification. 

JKR

Pondering wrote:

Make every vote count is a slogan therefore a simplification. 

”Make Every Slogan Simple” would be a good slogan.

NDPP

Engler: Nationalism Blinds Quebecers to Oppression At Home and Abroad

https://yvesengler.com/2019/05/05/nationalism-blinds-quebecers-to-oppres...

"Like Canadian cultural chauvinists who never let the truth stop them from claiming their country is a benevolent international force, nationalism has blinded many Quebecers to their oppression abroad and at home. Protecting Quebec culture by targeting the most marginalized immigrants is a similar type of cultural chauvinism." 

voice of the damned

As usual, Engler has some interesting history, but goes over-the-top with his analysis.

At the same time newly independent African countries attempted to promote indigenous languages, Ottawa channeled hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to link Québec with “French” countries. Efforts to strengthen the ‘common’ linguistic heritage between Québec and Algeria stunted its post-independence moves towards strengthening Arabic.

I'm no expert on Quebec-Algeria relations, but I'm pretty sure no one in Quebec was putting a gun up to Algeria's head and saying "Don't teach Arabic!" Yes, French is still widely taught and spoken, but that's not an endorsement of French imperialism, any more than the teaching of Spanish in American schools is an endorsement of Spanish colonialism, the Mexican-American War, or current Latin American immigration.

The fact is, certain historical factors, be they colonization, immigration, a combination of both etc make it logical for certain languages to be the prefered second-language in a given jurisdiction, and those jurisdictions will more often than not play the hand they were dealt.

 (In terms of Haitians adopting a more useful common second-language, Spanish would facilitate ties with the eastern half of the island while English would enable greater relations with other parts of the Caribbean.)

Ah, but Spanish and English are only important in the western hemisphere because of(here it comes) colonialism! So if Haitians start paying more attention to those languages, all they're doing is switching allegiance to a new gang of imperialists. (Is where Engler's logic ends you up.)

And I wonder how closely Engler is actually following events in Quebec...

To protect its culture Québec has decided veiled women shouldn’t be allowed to teach. But the crucifix adorning the National Assembly can stay, as well as a large cross atop the highest point in Montréal, not to mention the streets named after Catholic saints.

Didn't Legault announce that, if the laicite bill passes, the crucifix will come down as well?

 

 

 

 

 

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