National Newswatch

Ottawa, Quebec announce $500 million reconstruction of La Fontaine Tunnel

Jun 3 2019 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The federal and Quebec governments have announced a $500-million reconstruction project for Canada's longest highway tunnel — the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel linking Montreal to its southern suburbs. "We're bringing Montreal infrastructure into the 21st century," said federal Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, referring also to the new Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge expected to open at the end […]

NDP welcomes new candidate in Quebec who is ‘not that much’ of a sovereigntist

Mar 13 2019 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The NDP welcomed a candidate Wednesday who says she is "not that much" of a sovereigntist as it continued a push launched this week to rebuild in Quebec ahead of the federal election. Nima Machouf, a member of the sovereigntist Quebec solidaire provincial party, acknowledged that the NDP has a steep climb ahead of it to recapture the success […]

Sovereignty think-tank to appeal CRA ruling denying it charitable status

Jun 28 2018 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Former Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau said Thursday he'll appeal a decision by the Canada Revenue Agency to deny charitable status to the sovereigntist think-tank he founded. Peladeau and the organization's president, Daniel Turp, accused the federal agency of discriminating against the institute based on politics. In a news conference, Peladeau noted that the Federal Idea, a Quebec-based think-tank […]

Crane operators off the job in Quebec, protesting new training rules

Jun 18 2018 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Crane operators disrupted work sites across Quebec on Monday with an illegal strike, according to the provincial agency that enforces construction labour rules. A spokeswoman for Quebec's Construction Commission said the agency was calling on crane operators who've been "strongly encouraged" to stay home as well as construction entrepreneurs to file a complaint. Unions representing Quebec's crane operators aren't pleased that […]

Dominique Anglade denies rumours she’s mobilizing to lead Quebec Liberals

May 25 2018 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — A senior member of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard's cabinet flatly denied Friday she has begun mobilizing a bid to succeed him as Liberal leader. Dominique Anglade, who is deputy premier as well as economy minister, was quick to quash a report by Bernard Drainville, a former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister who is now a political pundit. Drainville said on Montreal radio station 98.5 FM that several […]

Quebec portion of the Canadian Agriculture Partnership launched in Montreal

Mar 16 2018 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — The Quebec and federal governments announced Friday the implementation of a new partnership to provide funding for the agriculture and agri-food sector. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his provincial counterpart, Laurent Lessard, launched the Quebec arm of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Montreal. Ottawa will contribute 60 per cent of the $293 million over the next five years, while […]

Phoenix pay woes: union of federal employees mobilizing ahead of 2019 election

Jan 24 2018 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Frustrated by the Liberal government's inability to fix the Phoenix pay system, federal civil servants are mobilizing ahead of the 2019 election. "In Quebec, the mobilization is starting," Magali Picard of the Public Service Alliance of Canada said Wednesday. "If the government wants to maintain 40 seats in Quebec, they better fix Phoenix because our people are going to be serious in […]

Quebec raising minimum wage to $12 as of May 1

Jan 17 2018 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Quebec will raise the province's minimum wage to $12 an hour as of May 1, Labour Minister Dominique Vien announced Wednesday. More than 352,000 workers stand to benefit from the 75-cent increase, the largest hike in Quebec history. Vien said in a statement the rise is in line with a four-year plan to have the minimum wage equivalent […]

Mistrial at fraud and corruption trial of Quebec construction mogul Tony Accurso

Nov 17 2017 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — LAVAL, Que. — The fraud and corruption trial of well-known Quebec construction boss Tony Accurso ended abruptly Friday when a judge declared a mistrial because of a stunning revelation by a juror. Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton said it was the first time in his 15 years on the bench he'd gone that route, but he told the […]

Parents threaten injunction against Montreal safe injection site near school

Oct 10 2017 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Parents opposed to a supervised safe injection site near a Montreal elementary school are ready to go to court in a last-minute effort to stop it from opening. They have hired well-known civil liberties lawyer Julius Grey who said Tuesday he's ready to seek an injunction or another court ruling against the centre if need be. But he is hopeful an agreement can still be worked out before Sunday when the […]

Almost 40 per cent of Canadians eat lunch at their desks, new research shows

May 18 2017 — Lia Levesque, The Canadian Press — MONTREAL — Almost 40 per cent of Canadians are eating lunch at their desks — a number that reflects increasing workplace pressures as well as shifting attitudes toward meals, says the lead author of a new study gauging the country's eating habits. The survey, which was conducted by Nova Scotia's Dalhousie University, found that 39 per cent of respondents ate at their […]