Quebec's provincial government passed an emergency law Friday that sets restrictions on demonstrations and shuts some universities as the government seeks to end three months of demonstrations against tuition hikes.
MONTREAL — People who thought they’d seen the last of the nighttime protests in Montreal streets against tuition fee increases heard the familiar drone of police helicopters over the city core Tuesday night as the noctural gnashing of teeth by students over the cost of their education was renewed, boiling over into a battle with police.
MONTREAL — Quebec Liberals are getting set to choose their new leader at a convention today in Montreal.
Former premier Jean Charest stepped down as Liberal leader last September after losing his seat when his government was toppled by the Parti Quebecois in the provincial election.
Three former cabinet ministers are vying to succeed him — Philippe Couillard, Raymond Bachand and Pierre Moreau.
Couillard, the presumed front-runner, was health minister between 2003 and 2008.
MONTREAL — Liberal leadership favourite Justin Trudeau waded into two areas of provincial policy today in Quebec.
Trudeau offered his opinions on Quebec language legislation and tuition fees, while also reiterating a promise to increase federal involvement in education.
Speaking at his alma mater, McGill University, he offered indications that a Trudeau prime ministership would be a marked departure from a Harper era defined by a hands-off approach to provincial issues.
Quebec’s eternal debate between sovereigntists and federalists is spilling into the classroom as the Parti Québécois government moves to reshape the provincial curriculum.
On Thursday, Education Minister Marie Malavoy announced she is putting the brakes on a program that would have provided intensive English instruction to francophone children in Grade 6, saying that the teaching of English is a “sensitive” subject in Quebec.
MONTREAL – The Quebec government said it won’t intervene in the labour conflict that has shut down construction sites across the province, setting the stage for a potentially damaging work stoppage that could slow Canada’s second largest provincial economy if it drags on.
MONTREAL — The Quebec government will propose small annual increases to university tuition during its ongoing education summit, an event called to help calm last year’s student crisis.
The governing Parti Quebecois is expected to make the announcement Monday at the two-day Montreal conference, a government source said.
Tuition increases were at the heart of the 2012 student unrest, which saw Montreal consumed by massive, nightly demonstrations. It was sparked by the former Liberal government’s plan to hike tuition fees by 77% over five years.
QUEBEC — The Quebec government has announced that it will contest the latest nomination to the Supreme Court of Canada, adding a new layer of controversy to the process.
The provincial government says it’s weighing different options to block the Harper government’s appointment of Marc Nadon, which is already under attack.
The dispute, which is unusual in the naming of a Canadian Supreme Court justice, has already sidelined Nadon from hearing cases and left the high court short one judge.
MONTREAL — A Quebec court has sided with the Harper government: It says the province has no right to the federal long-gun registry data.
Quebec’s highest court has ruled against the provincial government, which is trying to save data for that province from being destroyed.
In its verdict, the Quebec Court of Appeal also ruled that the provincial government should pay the court costs for the case.
“Quebec has no property right in the data,” said the 14-page verdict.
SAO PAULO, Brazil — A quarter-million Brazilians took to the streets in the latest a wave of sometimes-violent protests that are increasingly focusing on corruption and reforming a government system in which people have lost faith. A new poll shows that 75 per cent of citizens support the demonstrations.
QUEBEC — The Quebec government is aiming to hold public hearings in the fall on its controversial right-to-die legislation, which was tabled Wednesday in the national assembly.
Bill 52, which received first reading as members of the legislature prepared for their summer recess, essentially outlines the conditions necessary for someone to get medical assistance to die.
It also spells out the requirements necessary before a doctor can accept.