- May 24, 2017
A government-subsidized program that aims to help 75 young adults enter the job market through paid internships is being launched by Youth Employment Services (YES), a not-for-profit organization that provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. The project, which received $837,000 in funding from the federal government, targets "at risk" youth who are struggling to land a job in today's demanding job market, said Iris Unger, executive director of YES in Montreal. Unger defined 'at risk' youth "as people who may be unilingual and don't have French-language skills. It may be people from visible and cultural minorities who don't have experience. No French, no education and no experience are difficult obstacles to overcome," said Unger.
*A previous version of this news item incorrectly stated the funding amount, and from whom the funds were coming. Our apologies for the error.*
- May 24, 2017
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he is ruling out a snap provincial election, noting he does not want to take advantage of his opponents' perceived weaknesses. Although Quebec has fixed election dates, the premier has the right to call a vote earlier than expected, as Pauline Marois did in 2014. Quebec's next election is set for October 2018 but there have been recent rumours at the National Assembly Couillard might be tempted to call an early vote.
Couillard exclut l’idée de déclencher des élections générales anticipées - Le Devoir (sub. req.)
- May 25, 2017 Chantal Hébert believes Madeleine Meilleur's appointment as Commissioner of Official Languages does not pass muster, given her close ties to the Liberal party. She says that if and when Meilleur's name is put to a vote in the Commons, her appointment might carry only because the Liberals hold a majority. Under that scenario, she believes things could get difficult in the Senate as some independent senators may balk at vetting an appointment that is devoid of consensual support in the other house. Hébert suggests it does not help that some of the associations that toil on the front of French-language rights have expressed concerns over the integrity of the process.
Devoir à refaire - Le Devoir (sub. req.)
- May 25, 2017 Former Conservative cabinet ministers Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay are urging the party's new leader to strike an optimistic, inclusive tone and to continue campaigning across the country as soon as he or she is named. The two were once considered natural successors to former prime minister Stephen Harper, but chose not to run in the race to lead the Conservatives into the 2019 election. Whoever wins, MacKay said, needs to be both approachable and visible as soon as the race is over. He said the new leader should follow the example set by interim Leader Rona Ambrose, who was praised for softening the tone of the party under her 18-month watch.
Opinion: To burst Trudeau's bubble, Conservatives need a sharper edge - The Globe & Mail (sub. req.)
Are the Conservatives about to elect their own Stéphane Dion? - Maclean's
- May 25, 2017 This Gazette opinion piece suggests that Bill 101 has worked out as well as it could have over the last 40 years, noting the tensions of the 1970s have largely disappeared and there is far more social integration, mixed marriage and economic equality between the two language groups. It also declares that on the English side, dubious assertions of discrimination abound, but that it's important for all citizens to be treated equally, but often the problem lies in the mastering of French. The English minority has become far more bilingual than before, but many overestimate their proficiency in French, and particularly when it comes to grammar and written French. By contrast, it says, Francophones tend to underestimate their English. These difficulties could be eased by the creation of a new school system, accessible to all Quebecers, functioning two-thirds in French and one-third in English.
Les droits linguistiques des minorités sont interreliés - L'Express
Former Québec Solidaire spokesperson outlines reasons why party rejected alliance with Parti QuébécoisMay 25, 2017 In this column, Josiane Lavallée, a former spokesperson with the Québec Solidaire, shares the reasons why her party rejected the idea of merging with the Parti Québécois in advance of provincial elections in 2018. [Translated from French]
Politique québécoise: faire fausse route - La Presse
Un acte de sabotage - Le Devoir (sub. req.)
- May 24, 2017 NDP MP Nathan Cullen is part-way through a tour of Liberal ridings across Canada to drum up support for his upcoming motion on federal electoral reform. He is visiting 20 Liberal-held ridings where he's hoping to pressure MPs to vote for his motion. Cullen is optimistic his Liberal colleagues can be persuaded to vote with him, but noted time is quickly running out if reform is to be implemented by the 2019 federal election.
- May 24, 2017 The borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro is organizing a big clean-up operation to help those who have been affected by flooding. To carry out the clean-up, the borough is looking for volunteers who are 16 years and older and physically fit. Those who are willing to help will gather at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School on May 27.
- May 25, 2017 With a decision on the future of Canada Post promised for sometime this spring, a public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds Canadians still largely opposed to eliminating door-to-door mail delivery in urban areas, but open to a reduction in the number of days per week mail is delivered. Initiated by the previous government of Stephen Harper and put on hold at the beginning of Justin Trudeau's mandate, the switch from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes has the support of fewer than two-in-five Canadians (37%). More than half (54%) oppose the change.Even though more than three quarters of Canadians (77%) say, "Canada Post is an essential service and should maintain its current service levels," three-in-five (61%) like the idea of changing mail delivery from five days a week to three.
- May 25, 2017 Mayor Denis Coderre promised to work out a compromise with Hydro-Québec on a proposed memorial for 6,000 Irish immigrants who died in Montreal after fleeing the Great Famine of 1847. While vague on specifics, Coderre said the city is looking at "a series of options" to solve the impasse over a proposed memorial park near the Victoria Bridge. He added that he has asked Russell Copeman, the executive committee member for housing and development, to "look into how we can properly pay homage to the Irish community," but said a solution is not obvious, either.