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Catherine Dorion, MNA, wants to stay herself

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Photo: Peter Black

"Welcome chez vous.”

Rain or shine, hundreds walk for health with Pierre Lavoie

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On Oct. 20, Quebecers woke up to a rainy, windy morning, not ideal weather for a walk. That didn’t stop over 150,000 people of all ages and abilities from taking to the streets of 75 cities and towns across the province for the 10th annual Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie.

Three local ministers in CAQ government

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Photo: via National Assembly

The Quebec City region will have three ministers in the new 26-member, gender-balanced Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) cabinet sworn in on Oct. 18. One of them, Louis-Hébert MNA Geneviève Guilbault, will be vice-premier, minister for public security and minister responsible for the Quebec City region.

Putting Canadian citizenship values to the test

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Oct. 8 to 14 is Canadian Citizenship Week. A recent communiqué from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) declared that citizenship ceremonies during the week were being brought to “new heights.” The lofty venues include the CN Tower in Toronto, the Vancouver Lookout and the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

CAQ wins big in Quebec City, Solidaires take two seats

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Photo: Catherine Dorion QS Taschereau Facebook
The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) swept all but three of the 14 seats in the Quebec City region as François Legault’s fledgling party steamrolled to a majority government in the Oct. 1 election. The election also produced a two-seat breakthrough for the left-wing sovereigntist party Québec Solidaire (QS), a first in the capital city.  

Anglo community hopeful, but “has concerns” about new CAQ government

The election of a Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) majority government has thrust the English-speaking community in the Quebec City region into uncertainty.

Maison Pollack rots while city tests powers

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Photo: Peter Black
Winter is coming and Maison Pollack, one of the city’s distinctive architectural landmarks on Grande Allée, with its six towering white columns, remains abandoned, exposed and crumbling.  

Vacant lot behind Maison Péan will get its park

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Behind the large stone building known as the Maison Péan, located at 59 Rue Saint-Louis, a field has lain abandoned for nearly 25 years. Its overgrown grass and bushes are an incomprehensible eyesore in the middle of Old Quebec.

Under the Rainbow: Quebec City Pride Festival a big success

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Quebec City Pride Festival, also known as the Fête Arc-en-Ciel, was held this weekend, with activities taking place across the city day and night.

The subpoena road to impeachment

Problems at the White House are rapidly mounting. The president of the United States is going through a critical period of his presidency.

Quebec government unveils options for third bridge

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Photo: QCT archives

With an election call looming, the Quebec government hastened last week to announce plans for a third link across the St. Lawrence River between Quebec City and Lévis. The plans unveiled, however, lack a sense of urgency; no construction is expected for at least eight years.

Lost in translation in Helsinki

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Photo: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

The summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 generated a tremendous amount of turmoil and anger towards the president of the United States.

A New NATO 2.0 is needed to face hybrid warfare

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Photo: courtesy of NATO
Last week’s NATO meeting in Brussels gave U.S. President Donald Trump yet another chance to upend the natural order of things and reaffirm his position that the United States of America will no longer tolerate “unfair deals.” 

Trudeau’s lesson: The land may be strong, but voters are stronger

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As far as anniversaries of paradigm-shifting events go, the 50 candles for the first election victory of Pierre Elliott Trudeau seem to have been lit and snuffed with scarcely a flicker in the media.

Trump’s new justice to rule them all

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is giving President Donald Trump the rare opportunity to replace the only swing vote on the bench with a conservative one. Until now, the Supreme Court was composed of an equal number of liberal and conservative justices, four of each, and one swing justice, whose vote was pivotal.

Quebec unveils cultural policy

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Premier Philippe Couillard and MNA Marie Montpetit, the minister of culture, communications and the protection and promotion of the French Language, unveiled Quebec’s second cultural policy June 12 at a press conference at Edifice Wilder: Espace Danse in Montreal.

It’s about change, stupid! Pondering Liberal poll slide

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It’s been 26 years since Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist, James Carville, coined what’s become a multi-purpose political credo: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Clinton went on to upset incumbent George H.W. Bush in the 1992 U.S. presidential election, turning around a commanding lead in the polls the commander-in-chief was riding in the wake of the 1991 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

PM Trudeau hosts town hall at Sainte-Foy high school

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Photo: Peter Black

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosted a round of 20 questions at a public meeting at École secondaire de Rochebelle in Sainte-Foy Thursday, and, except for a sole protester who was quickly hustled out, he had probably the easiest ride so far on his town hall tour. The event was the fourth stop in the prime minister’s cross-country string of open question-and-answer sessions.

Labeaume returns to city hall with fewer votes, new Opposition

Régis Labeaume won his fourth straight election as mayor of Quebec City on November 5, although with a much-reduced popular vote compared to the previous two elections.

Kathleen Weil appointed minister for relations with anglophones

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Photo: from the National Assembly website

When Premier Philippe Couillard shuffled his Cabinet on October 11, he also announced the creation of a new Cabinet-level position. Former immigration minister Kathleen Weil, an anglophone MNA who represents the Montreal riding of Nôtre-Dame-de-Grâce, was appointed minister responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

Minister for anglo affairs and Lincoln’s legacy

Last week’s appointment of Kathleen Weil as the first ever Quebec minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers has sparked predictable reaction. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the presumptive voice of anglos in the province, says it is “very pleased” with the move.

Margaret Delisle and Allison Areias-Vogel discuss bilingualism and diplomacy

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 18, the Morrin Centre invited former Quebec politician Margaret Delisle and the U.S. Consul General in Quebec City Allison Areias-Vogel to discuss bilingualism and diplomacy, moderated by Rachelle Solomon. This was the second of two events on Quebec’s Bilingual Women held at the Centre.

Judicial appointments in the province of Quebec

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Photo: used with permission of Karen M. Rogers

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, recently announced the appointment of four judges to the Superior Court of Quebec.

Madame Justice Karen M. Rogers, a partner with the firm Langlois Avocats, fills a new judicial position created by Bill C-31 and brings over 28 years of litigation experience to her new role.

MNAs talk to Young Liberals about diversity and integration

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Quebec City has a long history of welcoming newcomers from diverse cultures and nations. Many of these immigrants and indigenous people have faced the challenge of integration.

How far will Quebec go with assisted death?

 
We’re hearing a lot about “sudden death” these days with so many overtime games in the first round of the Stanley Cup play-offs.
 
Sudden death means the abrupt, often cruel and unfair end to a tightly fought battle between superbly conditioned human specimens at the peak of their physical powers. 

Legal pot? Are we tripping, or what?

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"Far out, man!” 

Prime Minister Trudeau meets with Premier Couillard

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Liberal candidate works hard in Louis-Saint-Laurent

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Photo: Sarah Barclay

Youri Rousseau greets visitors at his campaign headquarters with a genuine smile full of quiet enthusiasm. The same smile beams confidently from the election posters in the windows behind him, proudly proclaiming that Rousseau is Team Trudeau’s man in Louis-Saint-Laurent.

Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In anticipation of the federal election scheduled for October 15, political party leaders and candidates are campaigning across the country. On April 9, Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau stopped in Quebec City. As he entered the meeting hall, candidates, supporters and well-wishers filled the room with cheers and applause. 

Quebec, September 18th, 2024

Using MS word to re-engineer a Scottish cousin's pro-independence op-ed piece; A whimsical look at Quebec politics, ten years hence

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