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  • Philippe Couillard reaches out to anglophones during Ontario Premier's visit

    September 21, 2017 Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Premier Philippe Couillard and the leaders of the opposition parties in Quebec City. While there, she gave a speech at the National Assembly, the first premier from outside Quebec to address MNAs there, calling it a symbolic moment. In her speech, Wynne highlighted the fact that the strong partnership between Ontario and Quebec has led to signing important agreements on trade, energy and climate change. Couillard also gave a speech at the National Assembly, taking the opportunity to reach out to anglophones who've left Quebec for Ontario. "Our government will be creating a secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers that will focus on strengthening the vitality of the community and a cabinet minister will also be appointed and given the responsibility of overseeing this secretariat. It is high time that English-speaking Quebecers feel truly at home," Couillard said.
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  • Poll shows PQ, CAQ tied for second place behind Liberals

    September 22, 2017 A poll shows the Parti Québécois has caught up to the Coalition Avenir Québec in voter opinion, and actually surpassed the CAQ in the critical francophone vote category. For the first time in six months, the PQ has tied the CAQ in overall voter intentions as opposed to trailing the party. That means the PQ and CAQ are sharing second place behind the Liberals. Among decided and leaning voters, the PQ and CAQ each have the support of 26% of voters, while the Liberals have 30%. Québec Solidaire has 18% support.

  • Liberals paid headhunters $77K to help with Madeleine Meilleur's botched appointment

    September 21, 2017 As part of the much-scrutinized process that led to Madeleine Meilleur being nominated as Canada's official languages commissioner, the federal government spent almost $77,000 on a headhunting firm, part of more than $2 million spent on "executive search" services this year alone. Much-delayed ethics, lobbying and information commissioner positions are also being supported by such services, the government confirmed.
  • Quebec's municipal election race officially underway

    September 22, 2017 Montreal's municipal election campaign officially kicked off, as do those in more than 1,100 other municipalities in the province. Though the official election period begins today, aspiring candidates have until Oct. 6 to register with Quebec's director general of elections. 
  • Luc Fortin says Quebec considering Netflix tax

    September 22, 2017 Luc Fortin, Quebec's Minister of Culture, says the province is ready to institute a tax on streaming video provider Netflix. Fortin reiterated that Ottawa should be collecting tax on such services, as is done in Europe, and reiterated the province would not be taxing Netflix over and above QST and GST. [Translated from French]
  • Montreal granted metropolis status by the province

    September 21, 2017 The city of Montreal has been granted special metropolis status, giving the city more autonomy in a number of areas. The law cuts down on a lot of red tape – it also comes with a significant amount of money. The province has set aside $50 million in an economic development fund for the metropolis. There’s also an additional $83 million annual grant for cultural projects.
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  • Quebec opposition parties call upon Liberals to denounce Spain's crackdown on Catalonia

    September 21, 2017 The Quebec government rejected calls from the opposition to publicly denounce the intensifying crackdown in Spain against the Catalan independence movement. Christine St-Pierre, Quebec's international relations minister, would say only that the actions of the Spanish government is "probably not the best thing to do." Parti Québécois Leader Jean-François Lisée said the provincial government must ask the Spanish people to respect democracy and allow the Catalan people to vote.
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  • Christina Gilpin elected first female chief of Wemindji

    September 21, 2017 The James Bay Cree community of Wemindji elected it first-ever female chief, Christina Gilpin. Her win means four of the 10 Quebec Cree communities now have women chiefs. And while she says she didn't think of the gender balance when deciding to run for chief, she does believe it will have a positive impact. "It's something that would inspire young women and girls. I think it's important they see women in positions that are very influential. It's positive for the community as a whole … it's achieving a balance."
  • Montreal-born unsung hero in WWII's Battle of Dunkirk honoured at Lachine Canal

    September 21, 2017 An unsung hero of the Battle of Dunkirk, a Montreal-born Canadian commander, was given his due with a commemoration in his native city for his contributions during the Second World War. A plaque, unveiled by Parks Canada on the Lachine Canal, pays tribute to the significant role Cmdr. James Campbell Clouston played in the "Miracle of Dunkirk" during the spring of 1940. The McGill University graduate has been hailed as being instrumental in helping save the lives of 338,000 troops trapped by the Germans.
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