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What Special Status Means to CRITIQ

Notre Montréal is a CRITIQ (Canadian Rights in Quebec) initiative encouraging Mayor Denis Coderre and Montreal residents to adopt special status for the city. CRITIQ’s efforts have been instrumental in the widespread acceptance and push for a ‘special status’ for the city of Montreal.

Click this link to read our newly published English-language document on exactly what special status means to us!

April 30th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|
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    Opinion: The idea of special status for Montreal is gaining ground

Opinion: The idea of special status for Montreal is gaining ground

Originally published in the Montreal Gazette on April 20, 2014.


What would it take to get back the Montreal of decades past?

The push for a meaningful special status for Montreal inside Quebec is a response to the never-ending threat of a referendum and the continual neglect of Montreal by provincial governments.

The notion of special status has shed its reactionary stigma in recent months, as more people embrace the potential benefits. Montreal represents a huge proportion of Quebec’s population, as well as its GDP, so it does not make sense for Quebec legislators to govern as if all regions were the same. Special status legally recognizes the uniqueness of Montreal; if implemented, it would provide a framework for customized legislation to meet the city’s special needs.

As stated in a recent study conducted by BMO in tandem with Boston Consulting Group, “Montreal doesn’t have the same instruments as other Canadian metropolises to exercise its authority. It has the powers of a rural municipality.” The same study recommends endowing Montreal with the rightful powers of a metropolis — including retaining and attracting talent from across the globe, fixing the city’s infrastructure, and promoting a unique Montreal.

Hong-Kong, Dubai, New York and Toronto are all cities that have achieved some form of special status, and are operating with increased autonomy vis-à-vis their regional governments. British Columbia has even passed province-wide legislation granting increased power to municipalities across the board.

Even Mayor Denis Coderre is on board — although he needs to support this concept more deeply and forcefully. He’s been quoted as saying that Montreal needs more powers to diversify its sources of revenue, so that it isn’t so heavily reliant on property tax. [...]

April 20th, 2014|Blog, Opinion|0 Comments|
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    Letter Re: Parents queuing for coveted French immersion spots

Letter Re: Parents queuing for coveted French immersion spots

Last Fall, I was visited here by my Vancouver niece with her husband and their two girls. I had not seen this family since Danica (who now is seven years old) was a crawling baby, and there was not yet a sister (who is now five). My whole family there has never lived or worked outside of Vancouver, and is cognizant of Quebec and language issues only through their own educational and professional, all English, experiences.

The highlight of the Montreal visit was a celebratory brunch for all of us: lovely downtown restaurant, three adults, and two beautiful, chattering little girls who were allowed to order their own grown-up menu lunch. A handsome grandfatherly waiter patiently attended this lot, and accorded the kids the deference that he gave to the adults. The parents and one little girl ordered in English, I ordered in half French and half English, and Danica ordered in French. I was astounded, the parents complimented her on this “immersion course” initiative. The waiter was totally seduced. I have never had better service in any Montreal restaurant.

Danica’s sister is on a waiting list for her immersion French course in Vancouver. She has been on that waiting list for four years. I am informed that the numbers quota for her entry time may be a problem. She may have to wait for a drop-out on the list.

Parents are taking the lead in telling us that Canada is not meeting its obligations of being a fully bilingual country. Here in Quebec, parents are making similar demands, or seeking private school placement for English education. It is time that we supported, and pushed, our politicians and educators for a truly bilingual education.

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April 11th, 2014|Blog, Opinion|0 Comments|

Press Release: This is only the beginning

Press Release
April 8, 2014: For immediate release

Montreal, Canada — CRITIQ is pleased by last night’s election results, but we see this as a beginning. A beginning to finally make Montreal an economic zone, free from the whims and changes of the provincial leadership.

We call upon Mayor Coderre to continue the push for Special Status for Montreal. We call upon Premier Couillard to recognize the importance that Montreal plays for the province and to help our Mayor enact policies that encourage the economic development of our city.

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

For more information or to arrange interviews contact:

Media Relations:

Tel: 514.360.3236
Twitter: @critiqcanquebec