Articles Quebec

  • Quebec election: a seismic shift within the independence movement?

    Canadian Politics

    The election of a Liberal majority government has been widely interpreted as a major victory for the federal regime and quite possibly the death knell of the fifty-year-old mass movement for Quebec independence, but what do things actually look like for the socialist Left in Québec?

  • A grassroots perspective on the Québec elections

    Quebec

    In many respects, nothing has changed following the April 7 Québec elections. Big business remains in power, only its colour has altered from light blue to a Liberal shade of red.

  • The 2014 Peoples’ Social Forum: Organizing the fight against the Right

    Canadian Politics

    The first ever pan-Canadian social forum will be held this year in Ottawa from August 21 to 24. More than 10,000 participants from all over Canada are expected to come to the University of Ottawa to discuss ways and means of combating the austerity policies of the Harper regime and the provincial governments. Read activist and organiser Roger Rashi detail the scale of the forum.

  • Crimea’s legal right to a referendum

    Québec has exercised its right to self-determination, and there should be no reason why Crimea could not do the same.

  • Listen to Chomsky’s Montréal discussion period

    Listen to the discussion period from Noam Chomsky’s Montréal lecture in Oct. 2013, a discussion that touches upon the reality of growing police repression in Montréal under the municipal law P-6 that bans free protest, to a clear denunciation of the pending Quebec secularist charter.

  • Debating Values in Québec

    Quebec

    The proposed Charter of Québec Values is the response of the Parti Québécois to the decline of the party’s popularity to its lowest level since the minority government was elected one year ago.

  • Canada’s Glass House and Quebec’s Charter Debate

    The worst aspect of the Quebec’s Charter debate is the smug, self-righteous, paternalist, finger wagging of English Canada and the English media in Quebec. Canadians don’t realize that they live in a glass house and throwing stones can be dangerous. Self-examination and self-criticism might show that English Canada is a major part of the problem.

  • Québec Solidaire congress reaffirms the party’s independence from the neoliberal parties

    Some important decisions were made by more than 600 delegates at the Ninth Congress of Québec Solidaire. This was the largest congress to date for this party, founded in 2006, which doubled its membership to 14,000 during the past year in the wake of the student upsurge.

  • Paul Rose’s tortuous path in search of Quebec liberation

    Paul Rose, Quebec sovereigntist and socialist, died March 14 in Montréal, following a stroke. He was 69. Notorious for his participation in the 1970 kidnapping and death of a Quebec cabinet minister, for which he spent 13 years in prison, Rose went on to become a trade union activist, the leader of the Parti pour la démocratie socialiste (PDS) — formerly the Quebec wing of the New Democratic Party — and most recently a founder of the Union des forces progressistes (UFP), which became today’s Québec solidaire.

  • ‘Quebec education summit – a public relations operation’

    Following a meeting with Quebec premier Pauline Marois, the ASSÉ, the militant wing of the Quebec student movement, announced February 13 that it will boycott the Summit on post-secondary education that the Parti québécois government is holding later this month.

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