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JakeHolman, October 1, 2015 in Off Topic Chit-Chat
Quebec has no shortage of urgent issues: housing, deep cuts to public services, crumbling schools, inequality. But in the province's forthcoming elections, parties are taking up xenophobia and Islamophobia instead.
In 2012, Quebec saw the largest and longest student strike in North American history. The strike, which counted hundreds of thousands of participants at its height, helped bring down a Liberal government and reversed a planned tuition fee hike of over 80 percent. When the dust settled, the tuition hike was cancelled, and the government that had imposed it was defeated. Leftists across North Americalooked to the students, and the large swathes of society that had backed them, for inspiration in their struggles.
Six years later, Quebec is entering its second election campaign since that strike, and one might expect that the coalition of over 40 percent of the population that backed the students has brought a leftist political option to the threshold of government, right? Not quite.
Like many other places, major issues face us as the October 1 election approaches. Climate, housing, inequality, and two decades of austerity cuts to the public services we hold dear.
Seniors in care are limited to one bath a week and fed powdered food, our hospitals are bursting at the seams, and our schools are falling down. After a punishing term in power from the center-right Liberals, who cut over $2 billion from health care, $1 billion from education, and billions combined from other essential services, many Quebecers are ready to turn the page and reject the politics of austerity.
We should be exuberant about voting the bums out. But the dominant attitude to the approaching election for large swathes of the electorate is despair. That’s because our options suck.
We’re almost certainly going to end up with the Liberals again, or worse, the CAQ. And the top issues of the campaign aren’t issues like climate change or austerity — they’re immigration restrictions and Islamophobia. All four major parties support some degree of legal restriction on the wearing of visible religious symbols, targeting Muslim face-coverings like the hijab, niqab, and burka.
17 minutes ago, JakeHolman said:
The White House is the one feeling the pressure to come up with a deal with the midterms around the corner. Canada's negotiators aren't bending over the way Trump thought they would.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In spite of the acute attention paid to the ongoing negotiations week after week, the NAFTA narrative remains fundamentally the same: meetings take place, another “all-nighter” makes headlines, and so-called deadlines evaporate into thin air.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s talking points haven’t changed much either. We possibly will make the end of week deadline. We are in intensive negotiations. We are not negotiating in public. No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal.
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There's a reason John Tory won't debate Faith Goldy. She says that the white race is a superior race that has to be protected.
Sorry if Tory's refusal to debate a white supremacist offends your own social conscience, Jake.
By the way, I'm happy to report that Faith Goldy is going no where in the polls.
Hopefully this kind of political poison will remain south of the 49th parallel.
Canada will take in 40,000 more immigrants in 2021 than it plans to accept this year, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Wednesday.
The target for new arrivals in Canada will rise to 350,000, which is nearly one per cent of the country's population.
The figures were announced Wednesday as part of government's updated multi-year immigration levels plan, which covers the next three years. The target rises annually from 310,000 this year, counting all classes of new arrivals.
Jake, must you post the quotes of a white supremacist (who just had her butt kicked in the race for Toronto mayor)?
What makes the comment of a white supremacist worthy of a posting?
The better that Maxime Bernier does will help to split the Conservative vote in next year's election.
Bernier is a blessing to Justin Trudeau's Liberals.
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