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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 [...]

Press Release: Hearings in Bill 99 Case to Begin March 20, 2017

Who:

Keith Henderson, Chairman of the Special Committee for Canadian Unity, Stephen Scott, Professor emeritus of Constitutional Law, McGill (retired)

When:

Monday, March 20th at 9:30 a.m.

Where:

Quebec Superior Court, Montreal, 10 St. Antoine St. E., Montreal, QC

Special Committee Chairman Keith Henderson’s case against Bill 99, which in effect pits the federal government’s Clarity Act against the separatist inspired Act respecting the exercise of the fundamental rights and prerogatives of the Québec people and the Québec State, will be heard in Quebec Superior Court (Montreal) starting March 20th. Hearings are scheduled for seven days. Mr. Henderson’s case will be argued by Stephen Scott, Professor emeritus of constitutional law at McGill (retired), with the aid of lawyer Charles O’Brien.
The government of Canada has chosen to intervene in the case on the side of Mr. Henderson. The lawyer of record is Mtr. Claude Joyal. The government of Canada’s intervention, the Factum of Special Committee Chairman Keith Henderson, and the arguments of the Quebec government are all available on the Special Committee web site at http://www.thespecialcommittee.com/casesSCCU.html
Observers will recall that when the Federal government announced its intervention, the ruling Parti Québécois government of the day reconvened the National Assembly for an extraordinary Sunday session where all parties combined in unanimous condemnation of the Government of Canada.
“Despite Supreme Court of Canada decisions to the contrary, various nationalist governments of Quebec, including the Liberals, have for years accepted the notion that Quebec alone could decide its legal and political status in the country, without reference to other Canadians or to the provisions of Canada’s constitution. We believe that notion is false and when cast into law, illegal,” Mr. Henderson stated. “When Bill 99 was first adopted Liberals warned the PQ government that [...]

March 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

An Opinion from The Gazette: Let’s get beyond potholes, pot smokers and pot banging

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Opinion: Let's get beyond potholes, pot smokers and pot banging

Interesting read from The Gazette!

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Celine Cooper: Living in Montreal takes passion and patience

March 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Immigrants should be selected based on labour market needs: board of trade

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Immigrants should be selected based on labour market needs: board of trade

February 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

A must-read from the Montreal Gazette!

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January 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Montreal’s battle to acquire more power ramps up

An article written in the Montreal Gazette, here is the link if you’d like to read it off the Gazette’s website. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreals-battle-to-acquire-more-power-ramps-up

 

Montreal wants to be able to reduce speed limits on its streets without having to ask Quebec.

It wants the power to set store hours without waiting months for a decision from the province.

Since 85 per cent of the 50,000 immigrants that come to Quebec each year end up in Montreal, the city wants more control over how they will be cared for, since Montreal does most of the caring, and control over the funding budget required to do so.

It wants more say over economic development. And social housing and homelessness and new ways of generating revenue.

It wants special “metropolitan” or city-state status, granting it extra powers in comparison to its smaller provincial confreres, in order to compete in an era of growing influence of cities in the global marketplace.

With the official signing of a fiscal pact between Quebec and its municipalities Tuesday that included a reduction in the amount of money transferred from the province to cities each year, it is assumed Montreal, and Quebec City, which is seeking special “capital city” status, have made headway on agreements in principle for the greater powers they covet. The fiscal pact also provides municipalities the promise of greater power in contract talks with their municipal unions if negotiations and arbitration fail to bring a solution.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said over the weekend that now that the fiscal pact has been ironed out, with 80 per cent of the members of the Union of Quebec Municipalities and 75 per cent of the Fédération québécoise des municipalités voting in favour, his next priority is to hammer out the deals [...]

September 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|