Quebec politicians tell Manitoba to butt out of Quebec’s secularism policies

QUEBEC — Manitoba would be better off spending its money improving services for its francophone minority instead of buying ads in Quebec newspapers to try to woo away workers frustrated with Bill 21, Premier François Legault said Thursday.But the Parti Québécois has also plunged into the interprovincial squabbling, with interim party leader Pascal Bérubé sending a letter to the editor of...

Student ‘teachers of tomorrow’ denounce Quebec’s Bill 21

QUEBEC — On the same day a judge was hearing a legal challenge to Bill 21, a new coalition of students studying to become teachers has denounced Quebec’s secularism law as discriminatory.And they are calling on Education Minister Jean-François Roberge to remind school boards that the bill’s ban on religious symbols for persons in authority does not apply to teaching interns.The coalition,...

Union denounces Legault’s ‘shameless contempt’ for public sector workers

FTQ President Daniel Boyer speaks to the media in 2015. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette file photo Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec president Daniel Boyer on Monday denounced the “inflammatory language” and “shameless contempt” expressed for public sector workers by Quebec Premier François Legault even as contract negotiations are about to begin.In a speech...

Bill 21 would not be shielded by notwithstanding clause under Anglade’s watch

Liberal leadership candidate Dominique Anglade says if her party forms the next provincial government in 2022, she would not renew the use of the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to shield Quebec’s secularism law from the courts.Anglade made the comment at her campaign launch in Montreal Friday in response to a question from a reporter.In June the Coalition Avenir Québec government...