The Parti Québécois, Jean-François Lisée and Montreal

Premier Pauline Marois has named her Parti Québécois cabinet. One of the main portfolios has been given to former PQ adviser Jean-François Lisée.  As Minister of International Affairs Lisée will  promote sovereignty abroad, and that may be the easy part, because he is also the minister responsible for Montreal including building bridges between the francophone andContinue reading “The Parti Québécois, Jean-François Lisée and Montreal”

Parti Québécois swearing-in, Canadian flag and equalization payments

Yesterday Pauline Marois and her 53 Parti Québécois colleagues were sworn in as members of the National Assembly (MNA). Marois will be sworn in as Premier on Thursday. In a now familiar display of pettiness the Canadian flag was removed from the swearing in – even though the MNAs swore an oath to the CanadianContinue reading “Parti Québécois swearing-in, Canadian flag and equalization payments”

UPDATED: Disturbing graffito in Montreal

The “Free Bain” graffito at Ste. Catherine and Chomedey Streets has been replaced with “Don’t compare share”. Written in the same hand at the same place. I dare say this is a bit more positive. Original post from September 11, 2012 Strolling along Ste. Catherine Street this morning I was struck by the graffito onContinue reading “UPDATED: Disturbing graffito in Montreal”

Quebec voters and parimutual bettors

Not so long ago Blue Bonnets was a horse racing venue in Montreal and not the current large concert setting and shopping mall. The system used to determine payouts was parimutual betting not fixed odds betting. In a nutshell, in parimutual betting  the final payout is not determined until the pool is closed – inContinue reading “Quebec voters and parimutual bettors”

Quebec election afterthoughts

Well, what do you know? The Quebec business community is wary of the new Parti Québécois government, and not merely due to language restrictions. In today’s The Gazette, Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal commented: Some elements of the Parti Québécois program worry the business community, notably certainContinue reading “Quebec election afterthoughts”

Quebec electors send messages

The voting is done and the counting is over and the thing that is most evident is that the Quebec electorate sent several messages yesterday. From the voters of Quebec to: The Parti Québécois– it is time for a change and, as you are the only viable option at this point in time (see messageContinue reading “Quebec electors send messages”

Quebec Election Day

Today’s the day, after a brief summer campaign, that the only real poll takes place – the actual voting. Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois go into todays vote with 33% support according to a Léger poll, with the Liberals and CAQ in a virtual tie with 27% and 28% respectively. Maybe the people whoContinue reading “Quebec Election Day”

Marois: splitting the sovereignist vote and flipping the bird

Watching the pro-sovereignist parties duke it out is like watching two scorpions in a bottle. The only good thing would be a split of the sovereignist vote that may allow a non-sovereignist party to slip in! But the real issue with this The Gazette story is the photograph. Several years ago Gilles Duceppe, then leaderContinue reading “Marois: splitting the sovereignist vote and flipping the bird”

Charest doesn’t take Anglos for granted. Gee, thanks!

In Philip Authier’s article in The Gazette Jean Charestsays he doesn’t take Anglos for granted. But somehow I’m not getting that warm fuzzy feeling. A good example is when l’Actualité magazine recently produced an article that said anglophones are not as well-integrated in Quebec society as some thought and in fact don’t believe protecting FrenchContinue reading “Charest doesn’t take Anglos for granted. Gee, thanks!”

Marois cranky that Toronto controls head offices

Isn’t that ironic? According to The Gazette, Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois is in a snit because BELL has moved most if its highest management positions to Toronto. I suspect she would have had a conniption during the late seventies when moving vans were hauling head offices out of Montreal for Toronto after the electionContinue reading “Marois cranky that Toronto controls head offices”