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    Opinion: Special status for Montreal would benefit all of Quebec

Opinion: Special status for Montreal would benefit all of Quebec

MONTREAL – The IPSOS Marketing survey commissioned by our political lobby group, Canadian Rights in Quebec (CRITIQ), has finally given Montrealers an opportunity to focus on a positive, proactive solution to the ongoing political, economic and social deterioration that has affected our city for more than 35 years.

The poll confirms what we have already known, which is that Montreal is different and distinct from the rest of Quebec.

What is most compelling is that these views are shared by people in all regions of Quebec.

The IPSOS survey ( was conducted over a two-week period this summer. There were three groups of respondents for a total of 1,250, divided by region: 50 per cent on the island of Montreal, 25 per cent elsewhere in the Greater Montreal area and 25 per cent in the rest of Quebec.

The findings can be summarized as follows:

1. Montreal deserves a special status within Quebec because it is a world-class, cosmopolitan city (74 per cent agree).

2. Montreal is different from the rest of Quebec (90 per cent).

3. To stop its decline, Montreal needs to take drastic steps to improve the way it does things (91 per cent).

Also of note is that there is demonstrable support for official bilingual status for Montreal, as well as a favourable view of multiculturalism as it pertains to Montreal.

Rather than complain about our current state of complacent acquiescence, we now have a positive plan that can be a win-win one, if explained properly. Quite simply, Montreal is the engine that drives Quebec and it is imperative that we put a stop to the hoarding of fuel that feeds that engine, and get Montreal firing on all cylinders.

Montreal needs more power. More power to attract [...]

September 25th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments|

Montreal City-State Media Coverage

Montreal City-State

CBC: The Case for Montreal as a City State

National Post: The Case for the City State of Montreal

Journal de Montreal

Journal Metro

The Metropolitain


Quebec City wants to be a City-State from June 2011

Journal de Quebec

Le Devoir (Québec City loves Cité-Etat concept Sept13)

The Suburban

RadioX (Radio Interview Michel David)

CTV News

Global News

Park Avenue Gazette

CBC Radio (Radio Interview Michel David)
Montreal Gazette

CJAD 800

CJAD Barry Morgan Show

Montreal Gazette Opinion


September 24th, 2013|Media|0 Comments|

IPSOS Survey: Montreal Needs Special Status

Montreal is in decline. It is the poorest of North America’s large cities.

Clearly, the challenge is economic. Montreal does have a growth sector, that of intellectual property in the arts, culture, engineering, technology and life sciences. Still we must double current performance of all the rest to turn things around.

Entrepreneurship will be the driver of this turnaround.

We have to create the most attractive environment for Canadian and foreign entrepreneurs.

This calls for a reinvented governance.

As a major city in North America, Montreal must be able to compete on an equal footing with the others. Future development requires that our elected leaders be free of the parochial policy constraints of the Government of Quebec.

Read the IPSOS survey here.

September 17th, 2013|Initiatives|0 Comments|

Press Release: Ipsos Reid Poll


Montreal, September 17, 2013. : Canadian Rights in Quebec (“CRITIQ”) is pleased to announce the release of an Ipsos Reid poll on:

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Marriott Château Champlain
1 Place du Canada, Montreal, Quebec on the 36th floor
Room Maisonneuve F

“It is about time that Montreal was recognized with a special status. Montreal is the jewel of Quebec and should be treated as such”, stated Richard Yufe, spokesman for CRITIQ.

Canadian Rights in Québec (“CRITIQ”) is a Québec-based organization dedicated to the protection in Québec of those rights and freedoms vested in all Canadian citizens by our nation’s constitution, as well as by those international conventions by which Canada is bound.

For further information, contact Media Relations at:

(514) 360-3236

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September 17th, 2013|Press Releases|0 Comments|

Press Release: Labour Statistics


Montreal, September 9, 2013. : Canadian Rights in Quebec (“CRITIQ”) has calculated the recently released labour statistics. In the last eight (8) months since January 2013 Quebec has lost approximately 45,000 jobs while the rest of the Canadian provinces have gained approximately 145,000 jobs over the same period of time.

CRITIQ maintains that the Quebec political leadership has completely abandoned economic stewardship. Further CRITIQ believes that years of hostility from Quebec City directed at Montreal have placed the province’s metropolis in a funk. This year’s line of summer festivals may have fallen even lower than the dismal 2012 season that was under the constant threat of student protests and civil unrest.

By way of comparison, this past week the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) welcomed a roster of international stars that descended upon that city to showcase a combination of box office blockbusters and inspiring art house films worthy of their audiences’ attention. Meanwhile the Festival des films du monde held earlier this summer in Montreal was the host of propaganda critical of the Anglicization of Montreal. The Montreal Gazette refereed to the Festival des films du monde as “stuck in a bygone era” and “no longer world class” and needing a “re-think”. We believe that such strong language equally applies to the Province of Quebec as a whole.
CRITIQ believes that the best way to “re-think” the status quo and for Montreal to start rising and returning to once again be an international city, Montreal needs a special economic status allowing its residents to become responsible for its own destiny.
Canadian Rights in Québec (“CRITIQ”) is a Québec-based organization dedicated to the protection in Québec of those rights and freedoms vested [...]

September 9th, 2013|Press Releases|0 Comments|

Language Intolerance & The Economy

Call to Action
Language Intolerance & the Economy
Many of our political leaders do not believe that the economy of Montreal and Quebec in general is suffering because of the proposed extreme regulations of Bill 14, the current regulations of Bill 101, the language police and the lack of freedom of choice for the language of their childrens’ education. In order to get our leaders out of denial we need to present them with concrete evidence that the language laws and rhetoric are resulting in the:

closing down of businesses.
relocation of businesses to other provinces.
expansion plans of businesses in Quebec put on hold.
deterrence of businesses to locate to Quebec.

We are looking for factual information which can be easily verified, that will have an impact on our political leaders.

names of companies
# of employees affected
amount of potential business
any other relevant information

Please send us your information by email at
Thank you.

September 8th, 2013|Initiatives|0 Comments|