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Ontario, Quebec premiers critical of Senate plans floated by federal leaders

Sep 11 2015 — Alexandre Robillard — QUEBEC - The NDP and Conservative plans to deal with the Senate were met with criticism Friday by the premiers of Quebec and Ontario.Ontario's Kathleen Wynne said NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair's proposal to abolish the Senate is not realistic and can't be done without provincial support.Wynne, who is actively campaigning for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, […]

Quebec education minister Bolduc quits politics in wake of strip-search comments

Feb 26 2015 — Alexandre Robillard — QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Embattled Quebec Education Minister Yves Bolduc quit politics on Thursday and will return to practising medicine.Bolduc told reporters he has also resigned his Quebec City-area seat in the provincial legislature in addition to quitting cabinet.The abrupt departure comes following a number of controversies surrounding Bolduc, including a recent one over strip […]

Quebec referendum to be decided in 2018: PKP

Feb 8 2015 — Alexandre Robillard — LAVAL, Que. - Pierre Karl Peladeau has announced he will wait until the next Quebec provincial election in 2018 to decide whether a Parti Quebecois government will hold a referendum on sovereignty in its first term.The Quebec media mogul turned politician said Saturday his priority is to promote Quebec sovereignty between now and 2018 if […]

Harper calls for action to stop forced marriages

Nov 29 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — DAKAR, Senegal - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has urged countries in la Francophonie to do all they can to put an end to child marriages as well as forced unions.Harper told the opening ceremony of the summit of French-speaking nations in Senegal on Saturday that 100 million females were forced into marriage between 2004 and […]

Francophonie: Feds pushing Michaelle Jean’s bid

Nov 28 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — DAKAR, Senegal - The federal minister responsible for la Francophonie says Michaelle Jean would be an excellent choice as secretary-general of the organization that represents the French-speaking world."Madame Jean has led an optimal campaign, a careful one," Christian Paradis said of the former governor general."She has gone where she had to in terms of canvassing […]

No conflict in tax credit stance: Peladeau

Oct 29 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Pierre Karl Peladeau has dismissed as "ridiculous" fresh conflict-of-interest allegations levelled at him after it emerged he intervened in a matter related to his media company, Quebecor Inc.The potential Parti Quebecois leadership candidate insisted Wednesday there was no conflict of interest when he criticized a reduction to a Quebec government tax […]

Ethics commissioner investigates Pierre Karl Peladeau

Oct 10 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — QUEBEC - Quebec's ethics commissioner will hold an inquiry into allegations that potential Parti Quebecois leadership candidate Pierre Karl Peladeau intervened politically on the question of the future of a Montreal movie studio on which his Quebecor media company was bidding.Peladeau has insisted he was only trying to keep Mel's Cite du cinema in Quebec […]

Quebec minister mulls government role in NHL bid

Sep 25 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — QUEBEC - Quebec's premier is downplaying a suggestion from one of his cabinet ministers that the government could get involved financially in the project to get the NHL back in Quebec City.Sam Hamad, who is minister responsible for the Quebec City area, raised the possibility of the Liberal government becoming a financial partner of Quebecor […]

Quebec First Nation declares sovereignty

Sep 8 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — QUEBEC - The Atikamekw First Nation has declared its sovereignty over 80,000 square kilometres of territory and says any development in that area must get its approval.Armed with a Supreme Court of Canada judgment recognizing ancestral rights for First Nations in British Columbia, the Atikamekw want to have their say on projects located in the […]

Harper urges Quebec to avoid isolating itself

Jun 25 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — SAINT-LAZARE-DE-BELLECHASSE, Que. - Following the return of a federalist government in Quebec, Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged the province on Tuesday to resist isolating itself from the rest of the country.In a speech marking Quebec's annual holiday known as Fete nationale, Harper also asked Quebecers to consider voting for his party in Oct. 2015."Never let […]

Three Quebec helicopter escapees in court

Jun 23 2014 — Alexandre Robillard — QUEBEC CITY, Que. - The return to court Monday of three accused drug traffickers who broke out of jail two weeks ago in a helicopter was punctuated by the jingle of shackles around their ankles.Dressed in T-shirts and sporting beards, Yves Denis, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49, appeared weary as they stood […]