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MTL Blog’s take on Special Status

Below is a link to the MTL Blog website article mentioning special status as the way to help make Montreal a better city. Give it a read, share the article, and comment your thoughts!

 

www.mtlblog.com/2015/10/the-one-thing-justin-trudeau-can-do-to-make-montreal-a-better-city/#

A must-read about Special Status!

Click the link if you would like to read the opinion on the Gazette website.

 

montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/opinion-montreal-needs-special-status-to-stop-the-airports-decline-and-the-citys

 

Marvin Rotrand is partially right (“City responsible for ‘declined airport’ “ Montreal Gazette, Sept. 19): Montreal’s airport is on the decline and serves mostly tourist destinations. What he is incorrect about is his thinking that Montreal’s elected officials can effect change. If there were business activity, the airlines would be capitalizing on the opportunity to service the demand and create non-stop routes.

Montreal is a city experiencing a steady decline in international business. Last year, Mayor Denis Coderre refreshed Montreal International and positioned Jacques Ménard at the helm. Their websiteis active with many stories, but the unemployment figures in Montreal portray a much more stagnant reality.

What Rotrand and all the city councillors should be doing is clamouring for special status for Montreal. It is the best and only solution for distancing Montreal from the ongoing separation and language debates.

Special status would enable Montreal to take charge of its economic destiny. The powers Montreal needs include the ability to reduce taxes in certain areas of the city to attract and retain businesses, in particular, the manufacturing sector; a say in the distribution of the tax dollars that are earned and collected in Montreal; and an ability to tweak the language laws to attract top talent to Montreal, without being obliged to send their children to a French-only school.

As well, decision-making for infrastructure and development should no longer go through Quebec but be given to Montreal. We cannot continue to be slowed down by bureaucrats who have little knowledge or interest in Montreal.

Input on immigration would enable Montreal to attract the professionals and the skill sets that Montreal needs, not what others want to allocate to us.

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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
E-mail: info@critiq.ca
Website: www.critiq.ca
Twitter: @critiqcanquebec
Facebook: Fb.com/critiqcanquebec

 

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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 [...]

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
fb.com/critiqcanquebec

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.

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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
fb.com/critiqcanquebec

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 [...]

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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
fb.com/critiqcanquebec

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.

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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
Fb.com/critiqcanquebec

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.

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Press Release: January 14, 2014

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Montreal, January 14, 2014: Canadian Rights in Quebec (“CRITIQ”) calls on the Quebec government to address reports that the provincial government is instructing its ministries and agencies not to communicate in English with businesses or organizations established in Quebec. It also encourages ministries to avoid translating the entirety of their websites into English.

Such polices are an overextension of Quebec language laws in a way that prevents a broad number of citizens from having access to vital information. This policy potentially compromises the viability of businesses as well as compliance with safety and other standards. This is yet another mechanism that serves to hinder business development in Quebec and a demonstration of the secrecy under which our government operates.

Such actions create second-class citizens and denies minorities in Quebec their guaranteed rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as Canada’s Official Languages Act. CRITIQ calls on the government to stop employing illegal and repressive tactics to supress minorities in the name of the majority, and at the expense of all.

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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Press Release: January 9, 2014

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Montreal, January 9, 2014: Canadian Rights in Quebec (“CRITIQ”) calls on the Quebec government to address reports by the Canadian Institute of for Identities and Migration that the number of Quebecers departing for other provinces has reached unprecedented levels for this century.

Between January and September of 2013 nearly 30,000 people left Quebec for other provinces, taking with them their money, skills and talents. It is evident that this exodus coincides with the election of the Parti-Quebecois and its continued emphasis on divisive policies rather than strengthening the economy.

In the past, the provincial government has tried to counter migration by encouraging more international immigration. However, with the proposal of Bill 60 and last year’s fervent efforts by the OQLF it is doubtful that new immigrants will chose Quebec over other more economically minded provinces.

According to Jack Jedwab, the situation is a result of the declining economy and levels of migration coincide with recession indicators. We ask that our elected officials abandon divisive politics and redirect the conversation to attract foreign economic investment, stop brain-drain, and encourage local entrepreneurs and businesses.

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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