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    Civil rights group CRITIQ sees membership surge after CAQ victory | Montreal Gazette

Civil rights group CRITIQ sees membership surge after CAQ victory | Montreal Gazette

A Quebec civil rights group that has lain dormant for years has suddenly started seeing an upsurge in membership since the election of the Coalition Avenir Québec government last fall, despite the fact it has not been recruiting.
Canadian Rights in Quebec (CRITIQ), formed in 2012 in response to proposed language legislation by the Parti Québécois that would have restricted access to English services, has increased by more than 400 members in the last months, organizers say. This despite the fact their website has been inactive for two years and the group has made no recent efforts to contact potential adherents.
“We know why: Bill 21 is really what’s initiating a lot of these people, who are reaching out and Googling ‘Canadian rights’ and ‘Quebec,’ ” said Gary Shapiro, founder and chairman of the organization. “That and the school board issues. Slowly and surely (the government) is making English disappear from the province.
“I was surprised but also saddened by the fact there are people clutching at anything to help them out. It’s a sad reality. It’s the slow downhill course.”
CRITIQ was created in response to Bill 14, legislation by the Parti Québécois to reform its Charter of the French Language. It describes itself as dedicated to protecting fundamental civil rights outlined under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, promoting the strength of the province’s English and French and multicultural heritage, and working to improve Montreal’s economic outlook. In 2013, it called on the Quebec government to amend Article 1 of the city charter to make Montreal a bilingual city.
Within a few months of its inception, the group said it had 10,000 members but then flatlined after the PQ fell to the [...]

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!

A must-read about Special Status!

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


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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