Legault says he and Ford will tag-team Trudeau together

"The priority for Mr. Ford, and it is mine too, is the economy," says Premier François Legault. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette QUEBEC – Premier François Legault says he hopes to form a common front with Ontario to convince Ottawa to cut the red tape in the arduous process of getting the federal government to dole out funding for public transit projects.Legault said Prime Minister Justin...

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...

Town of Asbestos is planning to change its name to attract investors

The old Jeffrey Mine tower shaft in the town of Asbestos. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette After decades of debate on the issue, the town of Asbestos has announced it will change its name next year because the word “asbestos” scares away foreign investors and prevents new businesses from setting up shop.Asbestos Mayor Hugues Grimard said that when representatives of the town go abroad to...

Quebec names a civilian to be interim head of the Sûreté du Québec

QUEBEC — For the first time in Quebec’s history, a woman will lead the Sûreté du Québec, which is getting its third chief in less than a year.On Wednesday, the Quebec cabinet named a rare civilian, Johanne Beausoleil, to the post of associate director-general of the force, which will allow her to take on the job of director-general on an interim basis.The announcement was made by Public...

New $50M Lotto Max winner in Quebec and 5 winning tickets about to expire

Just before Lotto Max announced last night’s $50-million winning ticket was purchased in Quebec City, Loto-Québec renewed the call for the owners of five winning tickets to claim — or lose — prizes of more than $100,000, including a ticketholder who will forfeit up to $500,000 if they don’t come forward by the weekend.The provincial crown corporation says a $500,000 and a $250,000 prize...

WYWS: Habs hobbled, feces arrest in TO, Loto-Québec has unclaimed prizes

Toronto Police surveillance cam images of the faces attacker at York University's Scott library on Sunday around 5 p.m. on Tuesday November 26, 2019. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun Good morning and welcome to While You Were Sleeping, a morning roundup of headlines.‘We have to hit the reset button,’ Jeff Petry says: In the postgame In the Habs’ Room report, filed after last night’s dour 8-1...

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,...

Quebec unveils plan for Maison des aînés residences for seniors

Quebec seniors minister Marguerite Blais presented the plan for the Maison des aînés residences on Tuesday. Coalition Avenir Québec The Legault government has unveiled its blueprint for a network of seniors’ residences — Maison des aînés — a project that was a central plank of its platform during last year’s general election.While presenting the plan for the 12-unit residences on...

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...

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...