Monthly Archives: February 2014

Which Quebec Party Will Grant Montreal Special Status?

As many of you have all heard by now, the subject of more autonomy for Montreal has been endorsed by the Bank of Montreal Financial Group and the Boston Consulting Group thanks to their non-partisan study Créer un nouvel élan à Montréal (Creating A New Momentum In Montreal). As we have been saying since day one, Montreal needs more autonomy and this report supports our purpose.

Jacques Ménard and Eric Brat have been in the news all week due to their 10-step plan for reviving Montreal. But, if you’ve been on the island and keeping up with politics, social and business networks, you know that this is an idea that also has the support of politicians with Montreal’s interests in mind.

Mayor Coderre endorses special status for our city and verbally expressed this since his mayoral campaign. Even Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during his presentation at Concordia University on February 6 confirmed face-to-face with our Executive Director, Yaffa Tegegne, that he supports Montrealers’ desire to achieve special status.

CRITIQ’s question to Justin Trudeau:
You encourage youth to stand up against divisive politics. Here in Montreal we are at the crux of that issue and very frustrated. As a Montrealer and an MP representing Montreal how do you foresee Montreal will be able to prosper economically and compete with other Canadian cities in the future? Would you support special status for Montreal, exempting it from provincial legislation such as the proposed Charter which serves to divide people and hinder growth?
Justin Trudeau’s response:
Absolutely yes. I would support any exemptions for Montreal from the Charter of Values. Montreal is a wonderful city that deserves respect and deserves to grow and become a world city.
 

So, there you have [...]

February 28th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Press Release: February 26, 2014

Press Release
February 26, 2014: For immediate release

‘Special Status’ Front and Center in BMO/BCG Report

CRITIQ is encouraged by the momentum that is building for Special Status for Montreal.

From the Ipsos Reid survey on the uniqueness of Montreal and the concept of Montreal City State, to the BMO/BCG report released yesterday, more and more organizations and individuals and are speaking out about the necessity of treating and supporting Montreal as an economic hub.

Mayor Denis Coderre has been an advocate of Special Status for Montreal since the creation of Notre Montréal six month ago. CRITIQ is hopeful that this new wave of support will not be wasted dialogue and that the mayor will adopt Notre Montréal as a unifying symbol of our city.
All parties must realize that Montreal is at tipping point and that urgent action is needed before more talent, jobs and investment slip away.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact –
Media Relations: Tel: 514.360.3236
E-mail: info@critiq.ca
Website: www.critiq.ca
Twitter: @critiqcanquebec
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CRITIQ is a Quebec based organization dedicated to the protection of all fundamental civil rights and liberties available to Quebec residents by our nation’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by the United Nations’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CRITIQ is not a political party, nor does it aspire to be. Rather, it seeks to answer a recent call to leadership to put a stop to the economic demise of Montreal.

February 26th, 2014|Press Releases|0 Comments|

Press Release: February 11, 2014

Press Release
February 11, 2014: For immediate release

Between money and the ethnic vote, Parizeau chooses both!

CRITIQ applauds former Premier Jacques Parizeau for his outspoken concern with the Quebec economy, admitting that it’s the first time in 30 years that he appears concerned with Quebec’s economic future.
So what exactly was the former Premier concerned about while he was governing only 19 years ago? – Promoting a referendum and then blaming its loss on money and the ethnic vote?

Comments made in recent months show that Parizeau seems to have changed his tune in the past two decades. Perhaps old age and hindsight have taught him that attacking ethnics and money will kill an economy as quickly as it kills a political career. Perhaps his brother, recently appointed as President of the Board of the FTQ, gave him an inside tip on just how poorly we are doing in Quebec and how badly we need the money.

CRITIQ implores the Marois government to listen to its leading members, set aside wedge politics and make the economy its top priority before it is too late. CRITIQ encourages its members to speak up and request that the government address pressing economic issues immediately.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact –

Media Relations: Tel: 514.360.3236
E-mail: info@critiq.ca
Website: www.critiq.ca
Twitter: @critiqcanquebec
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CRITIQ is a Quebec based organization dedicated to the protection of all fundamental civil rights and liberties available to Quebec residents by our nation’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by the United Nations’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CRITIQ is not a political party, nor does it aspire to be. Rather, it seeks to answer a recent call to leadership [...]

February 11th, 2014|Press Releases|0 Comments|

Press Release: February 10, 2014

Press Release
February 10, 2014: For immediate release

Marois restricts access of off islanders to Montreal’s best health care!

Premier Marois is cutting back on off islanders attending the Jewish General Hospital is another example of the government’s unwillingness for Montreal institutions to thrive.
CRITIQ is calling upon the government to let Montreal thrive and give them special status!
Montreal should be granted greater powers over its health care decision making so that it can provide the best quality of care to anyone in need regardless of their address.
The Jewish General Hospital is a prime example of a victim of this restrictive policy of “repatriation”.

“Montreal requires special status because decision making in health care, as in other domains, is best made by the people providing that care, certainly not by bureaucrats in Québec City,” said Richard Yufe, a spokesman for CRITIQ.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact –

Media Relations: Tel: 514.360.3236
E-mail: info@critiq.ca
Website: www.critiq.ca
Twitter: @critiqcanquebec
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CRITIQ is a Quebec based organization dedicated to the protection of all fundamental civil rights and liberties available to Quebec residents by our nation’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by the United Nations’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CRITIQ is not a political party, nor does it aspire to be. Rather, it seeks to answer a recent call to leadership to put a stop to the economic demise of Montreal.

February 10th, 2014|Press Releases|0 Comments|
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    An Evening with Notre Montreal: Dan Delmar, Jessica Salomon, Anne-France Goldwater

An Evening with Notre Montreal: Dan Delmar, Jessica Salomon, Anne-France Goldwater

Meet up with Dan Delmar, Anne-France Goldwater, and Jess Salomon and Share Ideas on How to Make Montreal Better
We’ve got some fantastic news to warm up your February. Notre Montréal is hosting its very first pub night and is inviting Montrealers of all political persuasions to come out and join us.

The Notre Montréal pub night will be held on Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 PM at Ye Olde Orchard pub on 1189 De la Montagne. We will be having an informal discussion featuring broadcaster and political commentator Dan Delmar, attorney Anne-France Goldwater, and local comedian Jess Salomon for a brighter, lighter take on what ails Montreal. Moderating the discussion will be Yaffa Tegegne, Executive Director of Canadian Rights in Quebec (CRITIQ). Find out how the Notre Montreal initiative offers a positive solution.

We’ve all been witness to the demise of Montreal’s economy, infrastructure and cultural development over the past 50 years. Let’s change the conversation from conflicts over language and proposed legislation like the Charter of Values. With political pundits sensing a snap election in the weeks ahead, this is the perfect time to discuss what a special status could mean for our city, and we invite you to participate in this discussion.

The pub night will bring together members of the community to discuss the following themes:

Special status for the city of Montreal
How a special status could enhance Montreal and its lagging economy
How a special status for Montreal can help stem our brain drain problem

We encourage you to RSVP for this pub night event today! There are a couple of ways. Here’s how.

1. Go over to our Meetup page and become a member of the Notre Montréal Meetup group. There you can RSVP [...]

February 6th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Press Release: February 4, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
February 4, 2014: For immediate release

POLLS SHOW THAT 75% OF QUEBECERS FEEL THAT THE CHARTER DIVIDES!

A recent TVA online poll shows that 75% of Quebecers believe that the proposed Charter of Quebec Values ​​divides more than it unites Quebecers. tva.canoe.ca/emissions/salutbonjour/sondage-resultats

CRITIQ demands that the Provincial government address these numbers and explain why it chooses to pursue divisive politics rather than address governance issues such as rampant corruption and a declining economy.

The provincial government has an obligation to respond to the demands of its citizens rather than neglect opinion polls and major institutions.

The fact that the Provincial government chooses to pursue policies that destroy growth and social cohesion clearly demonstrates why Montreal deserves a Special Status within in order Quebec to protect the rights of citizens.

For more information or to arrange interviews contact Media Relations:

Tel: 514.360.3236
E -mail:  info@critiq.ca
Website: www.critiq.ca
Twitter:  @critiqcanquebec
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CRITIQ is a Quebec based organization dedicated to the protection of all fundamental civil rights and liberties available to Quebec residents by our nation’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  CRITIQ is not a political party, nor does it aspire to be. Rather, it seeks to answer a recent call to leadership to put a stop to the economic demise of Montreal.

February 4th, 2014|Press Releases|0 Comments|