Group launches brochure to inform Muslim women of their rights in post-Bill 21 Quebec

Bronwen Agnew holds up a sign at a rally that teachers organized against Bill 21 in Montreal Saturday, September 28, 2019 outside the Parc metro station. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette Saying it has recorded an “alarming rise in Islamophobia and racism” since the adoption of Bill 21, the Legault government’s ban on religious symbols in certain sectors of the public service, a...

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...

Denis Coderre emerges as a clear favourite to lead Quebec Liberals: poll

A little over two years after being voted out of office as mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre is perceived by Quebec Liberal Party supporters as the runaway favourite to lead the party, a new poll suggests.The Léger Marketing survey conducted for the Journal de Montréal suggests that Coderre, who lost the mayoralty to Valérie Plante in 2017, enjoys 19 per cent support among Liberal supporters...

Quebec byelection draws 12.3% turnout on first day of advance voting

Liberal candidate Gertrude Bourdon, left, and CAQ candidate Joëlle Boutin, right, are vying for a seat in the National Assembly in a byelection in Jean-Talon riding. Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press More than 12 per cent of electors in Quebec City’s Jean-Talon riding voted on Sunday in advance polls, according to Quebec’s chief electoral officer.Voting day is Dec. 2, but Sunday and...

PQ MNA Sylvain Gaudreault officially launches party leadership bid

Sylvain Gaudreault, right, with Jean-François Lisée in 2016. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette file photo Jonquière MNA Sylvain Gaudreault announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Parti Québécois on Monday, becoming the first person to officially seek the job.The role of party leader has been vacant since the resignation of Jean-François Lisée in the wake of the PQ’s disastrous...

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...

Long-time MNA François Gendron calls for more respect of National Assembly speaker’s office

Parti Québécois MNA François Gendron, walks back to his seat as members of the National Assembly applaud for being an elected member for the last 40 years in Quebec City on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Jacques Boissinot / THE CANADIAN PRESS files QUEBEC — There’s still time for Quebec’s parliamentarians to avoid a crisis of confidence, former speaker François Gendron says.The former MNA...

Sylvain Gaudreault gives PQ leadership race its first candidate

Sylvain Gaudreault, right, with Jean-François Lisée in 2016. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette Sylvain Gaudreault will be the first candidate to throw his hat into the ring for the Parti Québécois leadership.The Jonquière MNA and PQ environment and health critic is expected to announce his candidacy in Saguenay on Monday.Gaudreault had already said he was interested, and gauged his support at...

Alexandre Cusson is joining the Liberal leadership race; will face Anglade

Alexandre Cusson Drummondville.ca SHERBROOKE — Quebec’s Liberals will be getting the leadership race so many said was necessary to reboot the party.Confirming weeks of rumours, Drummondville Mayor Alexandre Cusson Saturday announced he will be in the campaign and is ready to do battle with the lone other candidate, former cabinet minister Dominique Anglade.“I think I have a surprise for...

Macpherson: Québec solidaire on the trail of the caribou

Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau Dubois speaks during question period, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City. Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse, left, looks on. "Instead of trying to sustain its growth by moving toward the political centre, where the votes are, the Solidaires have chosen to compete with the PQ on the separatist fringe," Don...