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    Joanne Marcotte Reminds Us That Nationalists Do Want Francophones To Learn English

Joanne Marcotte Reminds Us That Nationalists Do Want Francophones To Learn English

A week from today, Quebecers will decide who will form the next provincial government. That has obviously put pressure on all the political parties to pull out every weapon imaginable to gain as much support during the home stretch of their campaigns. Critics all have different opinions on the parties and how they’ve performed in the past month. One of those critics is journalist and filmmaker Joanne Marcotte.

Marcotte is known for lifting the veil off of Quebec politics and showing the public just how complex, confusing and hypocritical it can be. She was a former Journal de Montréal/Québec journalist until she was fired just before it was announced that former Québecor Media CEO, Pierre Karl Péladeau, would be running as a candidate for the Parti Québecois. Québecor is the parent company of Journal.

This past week, after Québec Liberal leader, Philippe Couillard, took what is seen as an unpopular public stance in support of bilingualism during the last television debates via TVA, Marcotte published some interesting information on her blog. She referenced a 1992 interview between Time magazine and Jacques Parizeau. That article includes a quote from the former Parti Québecois leader and Québec premier on the subject of bilingualism.
Q. How would a free Quebec deal with English and French languages?
A. Well, we have been committed since the notorious–some would say–bill of 1977 [declaring French to be Quebec’s official language] to set up a society that functions in French. Does that mean that Quebecois should not learn English? By God, I’ll boot the rear end of anyone who can’t speak English. In our day and times, a small people like us must speak English.
Somehow the world didn’t implode after Parizeau made the [...]

March 31st, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|
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    Audio Interview: Tommy Schnurmacher X Richard Yufe on Special Status for Montreal

Audio Interview: Tommy Schnurmacher X Richard Yufe on Special Status for Montreal

Richard Yufe, spokesperson for CRITIQ, discusses the campaign to get Montrealers to sign the online petition for special status, on CJAD 800’s Tommy Schnurmacher radio show.

March 5th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|
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    Grant Montreal Special Status: Parti Quebecois Urged To Take Immediate Action

Grant Montreal Special Status: Parti Quebecois Urged To Take Immediate Action

Press Release / Communiqué
Monday, March 3, 2014: For immediate release / lundi le 3 mars 2014 : Pour diffusion immédiate

Montreal, Quebec – Canadian Rights In Quebec (CRITIQ) is calling upon Montrealers of all linguistic, ethnic and social status levels who support special status for Montreal to sign a petition. The petition urges Pauline Marois, Premier of Quebec, to issue self-governance to the City of Montreal over its economic, linguistic and cultural policies, in order to establish attractive conditions for growth and prosperity. 

One of CRITIQ’s founding principles is the creation of special status, and believes Montreal must capitalize on its strengths, such as entrepreneurial culture, innovation, multilingualism, and world-renowned academic institutions. This petition comes on the heels of a recently published 162-page non-partisan study by Bank of Montreal Financial Group and Boston Consulting Group endorsing special status. Both Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have also publicly endorsed this idea.

Montreal has been in an economic decline since the 1970s. Quebec referendums, restrictive language laws, divisive attitudes, and the government’s denial of Montreal’s bilingualism have all contributed to the city’s decline, instability, and discouragement of foreign investment. This is detrimental to the Quebec economy, as Montreal contributes about 65% of provincial tax revenues. CRITIQ aims to change these conditions with the new petition.

Supporters of special status for Montreal can sign the petition online, and are encouraged to share it across social media using the hashtag #empowerMTL to gain more signatures.

About CRITIQ:

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 [...]

Grant a special status for the city of Montreal.

Montreal has been in an economic decline since the 1970s. Quebec referendums, restrictive language laws, divisive attitudes, and the government’s denial of Montreal’s bilingualism have all contributed to the city’s decline, instability, and discouragement of foreign investment. This is detrimental to the Quebec economy, as Montreal contributes about 65% of provincial tax revenues. We aim to change these conditions with our petition.

We are calling upon Montrealers of all linguistic, ethnic and social backgrounds who support a special status for their city. The petition urges the Premier of Quebec, to issue self-governance to the City of Montreal over its economic, linguistic and cultural policies, in order to establish attractive conditions for growth and prosperity. #empowerMTL
Sign the petition online!