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.
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 — 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.
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.
MONTREAL — A two-page spread in Wednesday’s Journal de Montréal showed aerial views of Quebec’s 18 provincial prisons, with Xs marking where a helicopter could set down at all but two of the facilities. “Easy to land in prison yards,” the headline read.
The ease with which three men awaiting trial on murder and drug charges escaped by helicopter Saturday from a prison outside Quebec City has stunned Quebecers and become the first crisis to test Premier Philippe Couillard’s Liberal government.
MONTREAL — The federal government might be talking about consulting lawyers and threatening a lawsuit over the Parti Quebecois’ controversial charter of values.
But what about the senior cabinet minister from Quebec?
He says he’s not too bothered by it.
Denis Lebel, who is the Conservatives’ Quebec lieutenant, was asked in an interview Tuesday what it was that upset his government about the religion plan.
“There’s nothing that upsets me in there,” Lebel told The Canadian Press.
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.