Author: Barry Wilson

Quebec’s Obsession with Identity

The curse of the Canadian constitution is the notwithstanding clause.It allows provinces to override rights to further their own political agendas.As English-speaking Quebecers we have a painful history with the clause.Back in 1988, the Quebec government used it to override a Supreme Court decision on bilingual signs.

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Shop ‘Til You Drop: A Week of Budgets, An Icon Comes Down, Montreal Goes After Cars Again, and Would Someone Please Show Bernier the Door.

If you are a politician, it’s always good to spend someone else’s money and pretend it’s from you.The CAQ inherited a pretty impressive balance sheet from the provincial Liberals.And the Caquistes are on a spending spree.Yes there will be more money for health care and education.   But I am not sure I saw anything in the budget that will get ER wait times down to 90 minutes as promised by then candidate Francois Legault.

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The Fading Days of the PQ, Canada’s Late Call on the 737, SNC Takes its Toll, and Scrapping the Time Change

The PQ is on life support and I think I heard someone call for a priest.When the youngest member of your caucus throws in the towel and says the PQ is not worth saving, the end times are nigh.Desperate times call for desperate measures.  The party, which is now down to 4th place in the legislature ,is even thinking of a name change. 

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What a fine mess this has become.It wasn’t too long ago that it seemed not much could stand in the way between the Liberals and another majority come October.But things change and many Canadians now are having second thoughts about Justin Trudeau’s ability to lead.It seems the Liberals are fine with anyone’s independent decision as long as they agree with it.  This is what his former principal secretary had to say this week at a parliamentary committee hearing.

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Speaking the Truth, The Real CAQ, Montreal’s Winter Mess and Cohen Lays it All Out

I believe Jody Wilson-Raybould. Without a doubt. I believe she was forced out as Canada’s Attorney-General because she refused to bend the law to  give a break to a well- connected Quebec based company.  SNC-Lavalin has a checkered  past of corruption.   The latest to surface, La Presse reports this week that it paid for prostitutes for Moammar Gadhafi’s son on a visit to Canada in 2008.I believe Madame Wilson-Raybould when she said  the Prime Minister intervened directly with worries about jobs and votes.

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