Tag: Quebec

  • Defiant Quebec Students Reject Shabby Government Offer

    Quebec college and university students are now in the 13th week of their militant province-wide strike while voting by overwhelming majorities to reject a government offer that met none of their key demands. Keep reading »

  • Toward a Social Strike

    The student revolt that has been shaking the Quebec state, has been captivating activists across Canada and the world. Coalition large de l’association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) is the major component of the coalition of student unions leading the strike of some 180,000 students out on strike. It is said to represent about … Keep reading »

  • Massive Student Upsurge Fuels Major Debates in Quebec Society

    A crowd estimated at 250,000 people or more wound its way through Montréal April 22 in Quebec’s largest ever Earth Day march. They raised many demands: an end to tar sands and shale gas development, opposition to the Quebec government’s Plan Nord mining expansion, support for radical measures to protect ecosystems, and other causes. And … Keep reading »

  • Massive Demonstrations Support Quebec Students Striking Against Fee Hikes

    Tens of thousands of students and their supporters marched in major Quebec cities yesterday, March 18, in opposition to the Jean Charest government’s promise to impose a 75 per cent increase in post-secondary education fees over the next five years. In Montréal some 30,000 “former, present and future university students” responded to the call of … Keep reading »

  • The Federal NDP’s Electoral Breakthrough in Quebec: A Challenge to Progressives in Canada

    If Jack Layton’s election-night speech to his Toronto supporters is an indication of what lies ahead, the New Democratic Party (NDP) is going to have a hard time coming to terms with a parliamentary caucus now composed of a majority of MPs from Quebec. To a crowded room in which nearly everyone was waving Canadian … Keep reading »

  • Memories of Michel

    Michel Chartrand, an outstanding leader of the Quebec labour, nationalist, socialist and social justice movements, died on April 12 at the age of 93. A multitude of Québécois worked with Michel in the causes that marked his long life, and the Quebec media this week are full of tributes to his contributions. Translated below is … Keep reading »

  • The 2008 Canadian Federal Election: A Quebec Perspective

    Traditionally, federal elections in Quebec have always been a privileged time to reflect and debate on Quebec’s constitutional status within Canada. Is Quebec getting more autonomous? Is Canadian federalism becoming more flexible? Are we heading towards decentralisation or centralisation? What about the sovereignty project? Are we getting closer or further away from the ‘winning conditions,’ … Keep reading »

  • Crumbling Bloc?

    Watching the Bloc Québécois over the past decade is a little like watching a bullfight. You know that the bull is going to die, but not on what particular charge. And, as with a bullfight, I do not relish applauding the result. A rapid overview of the Bloc’s formation and achievements provides some context for … Keep reading »

  • Canada, Quebec and the Left: Outflanked Again?

    The surprise Conservative motion recognizing that the “Québécois form a nation within a united Canada” and the unexpected selection of Chrétien protégé, technocrat and Clarity Act point man Stéphane Dion as Liberal leader have shown (yet again) just how important Quebec is to Canadian political life. And for at least the fifth time in the … Keep reading »

  • A “Québécois Nation”? Harper Fuels an Important Debate

    The House of Commons voted on November 27 to support a Tory government motion that “the Québécois form a nation within a united Canada.” What does it mean? And why now? The second question is easier to answer. The motion was triggered by an unexpected turn of events. Michael Ignatieff, in his quest for the … Keep reading »

  • PQ’s rightward shift opens space for new left party in Quebec

    Ten years after the 1995 Quebec referendum on sovereignty, with its razor-thin victory for the No side, and 25 years since the first referendum, mass media and academics alike have been immersed lately in speculation on the likely result of a third such vote, which could occur as early as 2007. This is not an … Keep reading »