National Newswatch

The NDP fight for survival in Quebec at the Louiseville fair

Oct 12 2019 — Les Perreaux — Ruth Ellen Brosseau is chatting with her people at the Festival de la galette de sarrasin on a pleasant fall afternoon when a middle-aged man with a broad smile bounds down a front stoop to shake her hand and pose for a picture. This is no ordinary front stoop along Louiseville’s buckwheat festival strip, and […]

Trudeau toughens stance against Trump’s ‘unacceptable’ comments on U.S. congresswoman

Jul 18 2019 — Les Perreaux — Justin Trudeau has toughened his stance against the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump after the Prime Minister was criticized for his conciliatory tone confronting racist comments. “I think the comments made were hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable,” Mr. Trudeau said Thursday, following a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk. “I want everyone in Canada […]

CAQ seeks to expel immigrants who fail ‘Quebec values’ test

May 16 2018 — Les Perreaux — The party leading the race to form Quebec’s next government is doubling down on a controversial policy that would test immigrants for Quebec values before allowing them to stay in the province permanently. The Coalition Avenir Québec also now says it would rely on Ottawa’s co-operation to expel or relocate undesirable immigrants to ensure compliance […]

Quebec judge under fire for his comments during sex-assault case

Oct 25 2017 — Les Perreaux — Quebec’s Justice Minister has asked the province’s judicial council to investigate a judge who commented on the physical appearance of a teenage sexual-assault victim and suggested she was flattered by the attention. Justice Jean-Paul Braun of the Quebec Court was presiding over the trial of a taxi driver last May when he made the comments. […]

Car belonging to Quebec City mosque president found torched

Aug 30 2017 — Les Perreaux — The head of the Quebec City mosque that was the scene of a mass murder last winter had his car torched in his driveway earlier this month. Mohamed Labidi, president of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, says his wife was roused around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 when she heard small explosions outside. She […]

Philippe Couillard’s tone shift on Islam stuns Quebec Muslims

Jun 26 2017 — Les Perreaux — The Quebec Premier’s sudden shift linking “Islam in general” to terror and urging Quebec Muslims to do more to combat violent extremism has baffled security and political experts alike. After years of warning Quebeckers against “creating an amalgam” between acts of Islamist terror and the wider Muslim community – and for a long time even […]

Quebec Liberal caucus faces corruption crisis after political interference allegations

Apr 28 2017 — Les Perreaux — The head of Montreal’s police union has thrown Philippe Couillard’s government into another Quebec corruption crisis after he alleged political interference blocked criminal charges against a current Liberal caucus member. Yves Francoeur, president of the Montreal police union, alleged law-enforcement officials asked him “to do something” after a person he did not identify blocked some […]

Rejection rate on the rise for Canadians at U.S. border

Mar 10 2017 — Les Perreaux — The growing number of stories about Canadians turned away at the American border is more than just an anecdotal trend: Statistics show the United States is turning away visitors from Canada at an increasing rate. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is scheduled to meet with members of the Trudeau government in Ottawa on Friday […]