Canada Legault to Pallister: Focus on French services and keeping hockey players, not luring away Quebecers
Legault not ruling out a 'Quebec Amazon' to promote local retailers
QUEBEC — Premier Francois Legault is open to the creation of a Quebec version of Amazon, which his economy minister described Wednesday as a way to serve nationalist customers. Legault and Pierre Fitzgibbon spoke Wednesday about an "Amazon Quebec" ahead of a meeting with representatives of the online giant's Canadian division.Legault and Pierre Fitzgibbon spoke Wednesday about an "Amazon Quebec" ahead of a meeting with representatives of the online giant's Canadian division.
Quebec Premier François Legault is firing back at his counterpart in Manitoba over ads inviting public service workers to move west because of Bill 21, Quebec's secularism law.
The Manitoba government purchased the print and digital ads, targeting people affected by the legislation.
Legault said Thursday Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister should focus on his own affairs.
"I think this money would have been better spent for French services in Manitoba. And I think Mr. Pallister should work to keep his own people in Manitoba, like Dustin Byfuglien with the Jets," Legault said, making reference to the NHL defencemanafter not reporting to training camp.
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 the Calgary Herald responding to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s attacks on the equalization payment system.
The Manitoba government paid forin Quebec offering civil servants 21 reasons to move to Manitoba — including its NHL team, a bevy of affordable housing and a vibrant microbrewery scene.
The full page ad, which ran Thursday, promises that in Manitoba, "diversity is respected and valued." It also points out the French population is the "largest west of Ontario," with 32,500 francophones in Winnipeg alone.
The budget for an initial round of ads is about $20,000, Pallister told The Canadian Press.
The ads represent Pallister's latest attack at Quebec over Bill 21. He has repeatedly expressed concern over the law, including at meetings with his fellow premiers.
Amid political gamesmanship, some Quebec Muslim women enticed by offer to move to Manitoba
Amid political gamesmanship, some Quebec Muslim women enticed by offer to move to ManitobaSeeba Chaachouh, a third-year law student at Montreal's McGill University, says she felt her options shrink after the legislation was passed into law earlier this year. She said the Manitoba government's ad campaign attempting to lure Quebecers is more than gamesmanship.
Bill 21 bans some public-sector employees in positions of authority, including school teachers, from wearing religious symbols, such as hijabs for Muslim women.
Speaking to reporters in Quebec City, Legault said the province's secularism law is "a decision to be taken by Quebecers and Quebecers only."
He also questioned whether the Manitoba government would try to recruit people from other jurisdictions with legislation around religious clothing.
"Will he do the same thing in Germany, in France, in Switzerland, in Belgium, where they have the same kind of law? I have a tough time following Mr. Pallister."
Pallister's Progressive Conservative government also introduced a resolution in the Manitoba legislature Wednesday to condemn the Quebec law.
The resolution is a non-binding expression of the collective will of legislature members. The Ontario legislature passed a similar resolution earlier this month.
'Quebecers will pay more': Opposition parties blast CAQ's Hydro-Québec rate bill .
QUEBEC — The three opposition parties teamed up Saturday to denounce the Legault government’s hydro rate bill , describing it as a cash grab that plays into the hands of Hydro-Québec while gutting the powers of the independent energy board. But Premier François Legault insisted the legislation, Bill 34, is in the interests of Quebecers because it will mean stable powers rates that do not exceed the inflation rate for years to come. But Premier François Legault insisted the legislation, Bill 34, is in the interests of Quebecers because it will mean stable powers rates that do not exceed the inflation rate for years to come.