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Canada Blanchet seeks to drive values wedge between Quebec and Trudeau government

00:40  03 november  2020
00:40  03 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA — Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is intensifying efforts to draw a line separating his party's values from those of the Trudeau Liberals, particularly on the fraught ground of free speech.

Yves-François Blanchet wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Canadian Press

Blanchet said Monday that Justin Trudeau's response to attacks in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists does not go far enough, and that the prime minister is "failing in his duty to denounce absolutely" the assault on secularism and freedom of expression.

Trudeau is harming Quebec's friendship with France, said Blanchet, who called for solidarity "without nuance." In a tweet posted Sunday, he sought to align his province with that country's cherished "republican and secular" principles in contrast to an "Anglo-Saxon multiculturalist doctrine."

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  Blanchet demands apology from Trudeau for War Measures Act, passed 50 years ago OTTAWA — Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is urging the federal government to apologize for legislation that remains controversial 50 years after its passage during the October Crisis in Quebec. In October 1970, the Liberal government under then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau decided to suspend civil liberties by invoking the War Measures Act in response to the kidnapping of a Quebec cabinet minister and a British diplomat by members of the militant FLQ separatist group.

Blanchet also quoted from past separatist leaders, like former premier René Lévesque, who extolled the virtues of an independent Quebec . Scheer started the campaign with a plan to pick up more seats in Quebec to help secure a majority Tory government and make Trudeau a one-term prime

Four federal leaders clashed on the environment, the economy and Quebec 's place in Canada as they sought to appeal to Quebec voters in the TVA French-language debate The debate started off with a fiery exchange between Blanchet and Scheer, who were asked to defend their positions on abortion.

"I’m ashamed that some French people could believe that what Mr. Trudeau has said is what Quebecers think," Blanchet said at a news conference Monday.

The stern words add to Blanchet's criticism of the prime minister's reaction to a University of Ottawa professor's use of a notoriously derogatory word for Black people in class.

They also preceded a House vote on another divisive issue: a Bloc motion demanding an apology from the government for having invoked controversial legislation during the October Crisis in Quebec 50 years ago.

The motion, tabled by Blanchet last week, was defeated Monday with the Liberals and Conservatives opposed and the Bloc, NDP and Greens in favour.

Last week, Trudeau condemned the attacks in France as "heinous" acts of terrorism that fly in the face of Canadian values and said Ottawa "would always defend freedom of expression, but freedom of expression is not without limits."

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Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologize on behalf of the federal government for the implementation of the War Measures Act and the arrest of hundreds of people in Quebec during the October Crisis in 1970.

"To Mr. Blanchet , to the (Bloc) Quebecois , if you are so opposed to the energy that we produce in Alberta, then why are you so keen on taking the money generated by the oilfield workers in this province and across Western Canada?" said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, referring to equalization.

"In a pluralistic, diverse and respectful society like ours, we must be aware of the impact of our words, of our actions on others, particularly these communities and populations who still experience enormous discrimination," Trudeau told reporters in French on Friday.

The debate continued in the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, with the Conservatives joining Bloc MPs in demanding harsher denunciations while Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne replied that Canada will continue "to be one of the great champions of freedom of expression."

Quebec Premier François Legault weighed in on Monday, saying he disagrees with the prime minister's stance on free speech — despite the Charter of Rights and Freedoms' assertion that all rights and freedoms are subject to "reasonable limits."

"I agree with (French President) Emmanuel Macron. Accusing people who draw cartoons cannot be used to justify violence," Legault said in French. "Freedom of expression must be protected."

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Trudeau's attempt to balance free speech and pluralism drew backlash from media in Quebec as well as France, where the daily Le Monde zeroed in on his "ambiguous support."

France has suffered multiple acts of violence amid a growing furor over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that were republished by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Extremists attacked the Charlie Hebdo newsroom in January 2015, after the caricatures were first published, and killed 12 people.

Since the cartoons' reprinting in September at the start of the ongoing Paris trial over the killings, the country has endured three attacks blamed on Muslim extremists.

One saw two people injured outside the newspaper's old headquarters, allegedly by a teenage refugee from Pakistan.

On Oct. 16, a teacher was beheaded outside his school in suburban Paris for opening a class debate on free speech by showing students the caricatures.

And on Thursday came a deadly knife attack in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice.

Blanchet noted that Trudeau did not acknowledge the gruesome killing of teacher Samuel Paty by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin until 11 days after the incident, when the Bloc Québécois brought forward a House of Commons motion condemning it.

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Former Parti Québécois cabinet minister Yves-François Blanchet announced Monday he will run for the vacant Bloc Québécois leadership. So far, at least five of the 10 Bloc caucus members have confirmed their support for Blanchet ’s leadership bid.

The politics of Quebec are centred on a provincial government resembling that of the other Canadian provinces, namely a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. The capital of Quebec is Quebec City, where the Lieutenant Governor, Premier, the legislature, and cabinet reside.

Freedom of expression and cultural sensitivity have stirred up heated debate in a Canadian context as well.

Last month, the Bloc pushed the government on a racial slur uttered in a university classroom, demanding the Liberals state unequivocally whether they supported the professor at the heart of the controversy.

Blanchet said those subjected to hateful words deserve compassion and support, but using the term in an educational context isn't bigoted.

Trudeau had told the House of Commons that "we all need to be conscious of the power of our words."

On Monday, the Bloc motion calling for an apology for the government's response to a crisis in Quebec five decades ago marked another point of division.

In October 1970, the Liberal government under then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau decided to suspend civil liberties by invoking the statute then known as the War Measures Act in response to the kidnapping of a Quebec cabinet minister and a British diplomat by members of the militant FLQ separatist group.

The move, which came at the request of the Quebec premier and Montreal's mayor, led to soldiers patrolling the streets as authorities rounded up hundreds of residents under suspicion of involvement in the abductions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 2, 2020.

—With files from The Associated Press

Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

Caricatures: Justin Trudeau spoke with Emmanuel Macron .
After statements the lively controversy around his statements on freedom of expression, Justin Trudeau defended the latter during a telephone interview Thursday with Emmanuel Macron. © Daniel Derajinski / ABACAPRESS.COM Justin Trudeau defended freedom of expression in a phone interview Thursday with Emmanuel Macron , his cabinet announced after statements by Canadian Prime Minister that sparked controversy.

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