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Quebec

  • Québec solidaire defines its political priorities

    A major challenge for Québec solidaire is to refocus public attention on climate change and the environment as an essential part of the solution to the COVID-19 crisis and of any vision of genuine social transformation. This was the primary issue for QS during its last election campaign, but it is also a determining factor in how the party is positioning itself on Québec’s political stage at the current time.

  • Remembering Québec’s October Crisis

    50 years ago this month, the federal government, invoking the War Measures Act, occupied Québec with 12,000 troops, arrested almost 500 citizens without a warrant, and carried out 36,000 police searches of homes, organizations and publications. That year marked a turning point in the federalist response to Québec’s “Quiet Revolution” and the rapidly growing popular mobilization in favour of making Québec an independent state.

  • 50 years on, apologies due for imposition of War Measures Act

    Tommy Douglas was right to denounce the internment of Japanese Canadians under the War Measures Act in 1940. He was also dead right to denounce the act again in 1970, following two politically-motivated kidnappings by the Front de libération du Québec. 50 years on, the time has come for the Government of Canada to recognize this injustice and apologize.

  • The hidden cost of cuts to a French campus in Alberta

    What does a budget cut for the University of Alberta have to do with honouring the continuation of the linguistic and cultural communities that make up a multinational federation like Canada? It starts with the fact that this university is home to the only French speaking centre for higher education west of Manitoba—Faculté Saint-Jean.

  • Killing a neighbourhood

    The central culprit behind accelerated gentrification in one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods is the new University of Montreal science complex, established on a former railway yard between Outremont, an affluent francophone neighbourhood, and Parc-Extension, an immigrant and working-class district where 61 percent of residents were born outside Canada.

  • Canada’s post-pandemic response: Socialism for the rich, austerity for the poor and working class?

    The ideas raised at the recent Courage press conference urge government officials and journalists to consider the importance of essential workers and vulnerable communities, not only during the pandemic, but in Canada’s economic recovery. Only by taking stock of their concerns and demands will Canada be better prepared for future crises.

  • A frustrated cry for justice: Québec’s MeToo movement

    MeToo is attempting to redress a miscarriage of justice that stems from systemic inequity and a lack of recognition. Like any social movement, this mobilization should be viewed critically. However, it must also be viewed in the context of a failed justice system that is currently unable to restore justice and dignity to survivors of sexual violence.

  • Is now the time to celebrate unity in Québec?

    Much is at stake in Legault’s ongoing refusals and denials. In espousing Québec exceptionalism, the premier fuels a disregard for the lives of Black, Indigenous, and racialized peoples. What is at stake in naming and addressing systemic racism in Québec is nothing less than life and death.

  • Bill 61 is a troubling sign of rising authoritarianism in Québec

    As the COVID-19 crisis has amplified existing inequalities and accentuated the asymmetry of political and economic power in Québec and Canada, it is of vital importance to ensure that it is not exploited by the ruling and corporate classes to further disenfranchise those already with little power.

  • COVID-19 is exacerbating discrimination against asylum seekers in Québec

    As the coronavirus hit Québec in mid-March, detainees at Laval IHC held a hunger strike to appeal to the public and authorities to take action on their living conditions. The hunger strike ultimately brought attention not only to the conditions during the COVID-19 outbreak, but it has shown that the present crisis has exacerbated the unfair conditions that have long been the reality for many.

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