On the eve of the Quebec election, rabble.ca is proud to showcase profiles of nine individuals amongst the hundreds of thousands who have proudly worn the red square of solidarity with the historic Quebec student strike.
Contrary to the wishes of Quebec's establishment, tomorrow's vote, regardless of the result, will not mark the end of what has come to be known as the Maple Spring. The impact and the inspiration provided by Quebec's carrés rouges, which has spread all across Canada and even around the world, will long outlast Jean Charest.
For the second time in sixteen months, Quebecers will head to the polls and cast their ballots. Once again the Quebec voter, like all those who have voted before her/him, is faced with a daunting choice: do I vote for the change I wish to see, or do I vote to keep those who represent the policies I vehemently oppose out of office?
Granted, a voter scarcely finds a party that stands for all she believes in, hence the differing positions within a political party during a leadership race. Yet, there will almost always be a party that best represents a voter's aspirations, with the voter having to compromise on other, less significant, positions.
When a spade is truly a spade: The PQ's xenophobia in a throwaway election for progressive federalists
Trevor Hanna's article 'Secularism, Xenophobia, and Quebec Politics' challenges the tendency of Québec's Anglophone and other minority linguistic communities to throw ad hominem attacks at the Parti Québécois (PQ) every time that it legislates in favor of Francophone interests on the issues of language and culture.
In a sense, part of this critique is warranted. I cannot count the number of times that, Godwin's Law aside, I've heard fellow Anglophones compare the PQ to the Nazis, argue that Bill 101 is analogous to the Holocaust or to Apartheid, or make other insensible and insensitive comparisons and analogies.
As the Quebec election approaches I find myself, unfortunately, pressured to vote for a candidate and party based on my religious sentiments and my feelings of discrimination against my community, rather than formulating my opinion based on the multitude of challenges -- economic, educational, health-related, corruption-related, and justice issues --that face Quebec society as a whole.
Can you blame me? Maybe you can, but before you issue your verdict, please hear me till the end.
The recommendations of the Bouchard-Taylor commission were supposed to relax tensions between the majority in Quebec and different minorities, and address, once and for all, the question of "accommodation."
I have always lived in electorally safe Liberal ridings.
In 2011, when the Orange Wave was sweeping Toronto, my MP's seat was safe enough that she campaigned in British Columbia ("we have to stop Harper," was her justification for spending time away from the riding during an election.)
The last Ontario election was the same: another painfully safe Liberal candidate winning his painfully safe Liberal riding.
I moved to Québec permanently in June. Within a month of my move, the date was set for a fall provincial election.
I'd soon discover what it's like to live in the midst of a real electoral fight.