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Bärlüer
The Marois cabinet

Any thoughts on the newly announced Marois cabinet?

Positive aspects:

- The single best news, to me, was the decision to name two genuine, assertive ecologists in key positions (Martine Ouellet at Natural Resources and Daniel Breton at Environment)

- Pierre Duchesne at Higher Education seems like someone who is open to dialogue

- Generally speaking, a way lower proportion of assholes than in the previous liberal cabinet

Negative aspects:

- I don't know that much about Bertrant St-Arnaud, but I would have liked to see Véronique Hivon at Justice

- Lack of parity (women/men)

- While he can only be an improvement over Raymond Bachand, Nicolas Marceau seems both: a) a very wishy-washy type; b) just as obsessed with deficits as his predecessors

Some encouraging public statements (taken with the grain of salt that they are just that, statements):

- Ouellet being rather unequivocal about the utter lack of viability of shale gas

- Duchesne stressing that dialogue with all actors needs to be undertaken without prejudices ("préjugés") (in response to a question trying to goad him to set aside the CLASSE)

- Bergeron (Public Safety) possibly opening a door to an inquiry into police conduct during the student strike

Bärlüer

*Bertrand St-Arnaud

Ugh.

Bärlüer

Interesting tidbit about Duchesne from a piece in Le Devoir:

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Lorsque Québecor a mis Le Journal de Montréal en lockout, M. Duchesne était président de la Tribune de la presse. Il a alors convaincu ses collègues et le président de l’Assemblée nationale de refuser l’accréditation de journalistes de remplacement de Québecor tant que le lockout durait.

Bärlüer

As I've posted in another thread, the government has just abrogated Bill 78 and abolished the tuition fees' hike.

In other news, it has been confirmed that Gentilly 2 would be closed ("déclassé") and that the health tax would be abolished before the next income declaration (previously, there had been some confusion as to when exactly it would be abolished).

All in all, very good news.

Unionist

Wait, there's more good news:

[url=http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/359623/la-ministre-martine-ouel... of Natural Resources Martine Ouellet says a categorical "NO" to shale gas[/url]

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Nommée mercredi, Martine Ouellet n'a même pas attendu la première séance du conseil des ministres, jeudi matin, pour donner son opinion: l'exploitation des gaz de schiste ne sera jamais sécuritaire, selon elle. Elle a ainsi réservé un enterrement de première classe à la position du gouvernement libéral précédent.

Wow! Poor Lucien Bouchard, head of the oil and gas lobby in Québec! First he got called out publicly by Amir Khadir face to face in committee hearings, and now he has to report back "FAILED" to his bosses!

Pass the hat, anyone?

ETA re the OP:

Bärlüer wrote:
- The single best news, to me, was the decision to name two genuine, assertive ecologists in key positions (Martine Ouellet at Natural Resources and Daniel Breton at Environment)

Agreed!

bouchecl

So let's recap the last 24 hours. The "not-progressive" (as per the consensus among non-Quebec babblers) Parti Québécois government :

  • rescinded the tuition hike
  • abrogated the infamous Bill 78
  • closed the door to shale gas development
  • ordered Hydro-Québec to decommission Gentilly-2

Not so bad for a day of work. 

Unionist

bouchecl wrote:

So let's recap the last 24 hours. The "not-progressive" (as per the consensus among non-Quebec babblers) Parti Québécois government :

  • rescinded the tuition hike
  • abrogated the infamous Bill 78
  • closed the door to shale gas development
  • ordered Hydro-Québec to decommission Gentilly-2

Not so bad for a day of work. 

  • re-affirmed that it will abolish Charest's health care tax ($200 per individual, $400 per family)
  • will essentially put an end to the asbestos industry by cancelling the $58 million loan to the last existing mine (don't know if she mentioned this today, but she did within the last couple of days)

 

KenS

Howdy Babble. Long time, no talk.

But this is very close to home for me. Literally.

And I'd like to know more as people hear about it. So...

Unionist wrote:

Wait, there's more good news:

[url=http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/359623/la-ministre-martine-ouel... of Natural Resources Martine Ouellet says a categorical "NO" to shale gas[/url]

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Nommée mercredi, Martine Ouellet n'a même pas attendu la première séance du conseil des ministres, jeudi matin, pour donner son opinion: l'exploitation des gaz de schiste ne sera jamais sécuritaire, selon elle. Elle a ainsi réservé un enterrement de première classe à la position du gouvernement libéral précédent.

ETA re the OP:

Bärlüer wrote:
- The single best news, to me, was the decision to name two genuine, assertive ecologists in key positions (Martine Ouellet at Natural Resources and Daniel Breton at Environment)

Agreed!

 

And I will note also from the OP:

Bärlüer wrote:

public statements (taken with the grain of salt that they are just that, statements):

- Ouellet being rather unequivocal about the utter lack of viability of shale gas.

I'm very glad these people are in charge- and hope they really are.

But I think you should expect some backpedalling from Ouellet. And I've heard a few words from Marois, and maybe Ouellet, that sound that way.

She did say something about permanent moratorioum, but I dont think it is clear as the headlines would warrant. I dont think thats ust my French, but am open on that.

Whatever she did mean, it is in the final analysis a staement of her opinion. And while that matters greatly, she is also talking about a re-jigged process [more robust study]... and the decision cannot come down until after that.

toaster

May I ask what party is supporting Marios?  Or maybe it's individual MLAs?  54 votes isn't enough to pass anything.

KenS

Did Harper need a majority to govern as he had one?

Neither does Marois. Nor likely will they for at least the forseeable future.

Unionist

Both CAQ and QS can be expected to vote with her on most issues, and have said so - as long as she steers clear of certain hot button issues (like language, identity, referendum), in which caes CAQ might not be able to stay the course.

Oh, and welcome back, Ken! Any longer and we were sending a rescue team!

Bärlüer

KenS wrote:

She did say something about permanent moratorioum, but I dont think it is clear as the headlines would warrant. I dont think thats ust my French, but am open on that.

Whatever she did mean, it is in the final analysis a staement of her opinion. And while that matters greatly, she is also talking about a re-jigged process [more robust study]... and the decision cannot come down until after that.

What she said was "Je ne vois pas le jour où des technologies permettront une exploitation sécuritaire [du gaz de schiste]." (I don't see the day when technology would allow for the safe exploitation of shale gas.)

KenS

I read her the same way.

And  does that not sound like a personal opinion rather than the decision for permanent moratorium it has been reported and circulated as by observers?

[Without checking, I think she did also say something about making the moratorium longer or permenent. But again, that could have the expression of her preference. Even if it is expressed as her expectation, it is not an imminent permanent moratoriium. [In the same way that as soon as Marois and/or the Minister say that the tuition increases will becancelled, it is a fait accompli.]

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I wish we had left wing politicians in BC who understood the dangers of shale gas extraction.  The BC NDP are not opposing it.  That is partially because they laid the regulatory groundwork that has allowed the industry to grow in BC and they see it as an economic accomplishment of the Clark (him nor her) government.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

bouchecl wrote:

So let's recap the last 24 hours. The "not-progressive" (as per the consensus among non-Quebec babblers) Parti Québécois government :

Just another Quebecois telling me what my views are.  I'll tell you what, why not just stop with the fucking us against them bullshit.  I like many of my left wing friends have said for years that if I lived in Quebec I would vote PQ because they have had the most progressive governments in the country.  So stop trying to pretend you know the mind of the mythical ROC.  It does not exist except in the minds of prejudiced people who believe they have the right and ability to define others. 

Unionist

KenS wrote:

And  does that not sound like a personal opinion rather than the decision for permanent moratorium it has been reported and circulated as by observers?

Yeah, Marois started back-pedalling yesterday (my translation):

[url=http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/quebec/201209/21/01-4576158-gaz-de-... La Presse[/url]

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"She [Ouellet] fears there are risks which are hard to accept, but she of course affirmed, and I've read her statements, that there needed to be a study by the BAPE (Office of public hearings on the environment), which we will proceed with in order to evaluate all the impacts", said the Premier.

Ouellet also noted that there is already a moratorium in place, but that it would be extended, in the sense that the new government would not be content with the study ordered by the Charest government, but rather would mandate the BAPE to order independent studies.

In short, the doors are left somewhat open in the future - but the chief mouthpiece for the oil and gas industry in Québec, a certain Lucien Bouchard, is already [url=www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/359756/gaz-de-schiste-lucien-bouchard-... from the hip[/url].

autoworker autoworker's picture

Hopefully, the process of public hearings, and the results of independent studies will educate people about the hazards of fracking, and lead to a permanent ban.

love is free love is free's picture

anti-fracking activists are shocked and pleased at the rapidity and firmness with which the pq has shut down fracking: http://www.lapresse.ca/environnement/dossiers/gaz-de-schiste/201209/22/0...

marois is going to make up the $200 health fee revenue with a retroactive tax on wealthy individuals and companies, very likely to be voted down by the assembly, unless it's a very first vote and confidence motion, in which case, abstention will probably rule the day: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/politique/201209/21/01-45765...

as for the ministers themselves, intergovernmental affairs is being run by a pretty moderate sovereignist, which is a pretty interesting move, and a really bad cabinet deal for montreal, at least, at the outset here.  overall, i'm pleasantly surprised at how fast the pq is moving to correct some of charest's most egregious policies, and i'm definitely pleased at how unequivocably left this party now is.  in hindsight, the caucus split that led, in part, to the coalition's appearance was probably a good thing for quebec.  she's obviously thinking about the next election and a clear, popular program to take into it as she quests for a majority mandate.  longer term, she's clearly thinking about solidaire's movements in montreal and even a potential ndp entry, as well as creating a clear contrast with the plq and caq.

i just hope it keeps coming!  what we really need now is municipal reform, i'd love to see some of the insane suburbs defused from montreal, taxing powers granted to the metropolis, and new investment in proper infrastructure.  with how tight things are with provincial finances, i doubt we'll see much here, but it's still worth trying to get on the agenda.

oh, and an interesting bit of who's who: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/politique/201209/21/01-45763...

KenS

I dont see private messages or mailboxes or anything.

I'm not likely to read regularly here, let alone post.

I'm really keen to know what follow-up there is to Oulette's statements about fracking, and the inevitable [to my mind] backpedaaling on that.

I dont think its a huge deal, but outside of Quebec her shootng from the hip now is going to undermine the power of what Quebec decides in the end.

Our government in Nova Scotia hit the sleep button with a moratorium until after the election.

I'm sure that their plan is to wait until the final results are in from Quebec and New York [if it ever comes to a conclusion there], stick their fingers up in the air, and decide what they can get away with.

The industry saying that it was obviously a rigged process in Quebec probably wont do them any good there. But it will cut them some slack in Nova Scotia and BC. Not your problem. [Well it is. The whole planet gets the greenhouse gas effects.]

Anyway, I'd appreciate a heads up for any of the more obscure news on this front. Though, you have to think they'll try to put this in the background for a while. Just announce the expanded terms and particpants in the review [which I will hear about]. Etc.

kenpat@ns.sympatico.ca

love is free love is free's picture

even more good news, as the provincial government suspends work on the turcot interchange rebuild to re-design it so that it aligns more with montreal's interests (as stated by the city).  http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Montreal/2012/09/25/003-turcot-trembl...

this has been a big time problem for a while, and it's fantastic that the city seems finally to have a seat at the table on major infrastructure plans within city limits.

Unionist

Bärlüer wrote:

As I've posted in another thread, the government has just abrogated Bill 78 and abolished the tuition fees' hike.

In other news, it has been confirmed that Gentilly 2 would be closed ("déclassé") and that the health tax would be abolished before the next income declaration (previously, there had been some confusion as to when exactly it would be abolished).

All in all, very good news.

And, bye bye nuclear power:

[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/montreal/Hydro+Qu%C3%A9bec+shut+down...ébec to shut down Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor on Dec. 28[/url]

 

love is free love is free's picture

police misconduct allegations will no longer be investigated by other police, instead falling under the jurisdiction of an independent body.  http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/quebec-canada/politique-quebecoise/201...

about damned time.

Unionist

The cops are already screaming. I feel so sorry for them.

Bärlüer

Yep.

However, the devil is/will be in the details. The Charest government had a proposal wherein a civil surveillance bureau would have been set up. However, the investigations themselves would still have been conducted by the police. So the civil bureau would have been limited to review the results of the police investigation.

Hopefully, the new model will actually put forth independent investigations, as is the case in Ontario. That seems to be the suggestion in one quote in the La Presse article ("enquête indépendante").

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Amazing...Let's  hope they don't flip flop.

Unionist

First confidence vote in National Assembly: 47 in favour, 44 against, and the 2 QS members abstain. The PQ survives, as orchestrated.

love is free love is free's picture

minister of higher education comes out in favor of 'right to strike' legislation for students, but kicks the debate down the road a little, knowing both that it's great to have a student/youth cudgel over the opposition and that, anyway, the legislation would go nowhere with the current configuration of the assembly: http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/dossiers/conflit-etudiant/201211/14/01...

Bärlüer

The appointment of Pierre Baril and Louis-Gilles Francoeur as President and Vice-President of the BAPE (Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement) is very good news.

Louis-Gilles Francoeur, for those unfamiliar with the name, is Le Devoir's highly respected environmental journalist. He probably knows the BAPE like the back of his hand, having covered its hearings over and over.

ETA: to get a sense of how highly regarded he is, have a look at the comments on Le Devoir's story about the appointment.

Unionist

In other news, the PQ health minister described Québec solidaire's "Pharma Québec" proposal as "extremist". From his Facebook page:

Amir Khadir wrote:
Aujourd'hui, le ministre de la Santé a qualifié en chambre le projet de Pharma Québec proposé par Québec solidaire «d'extrémiste». La Nouvelle-Zélande a l'équivalent et paie beaucoup moins cher ses médicaments. Extrémiste, vraiment? Cette rhétorique est digne du précédent gouvernement libéral. Cette attitude méprisante est très décevante.

Too bad. Who needs three parties spouting neo-liberal rhetoric. Aren't the PLQ and CAQ enough?

We'll have to work for small gains, and we'll have to work to ensure they're not hijacked. The only real gains are made by the people, themselves, in struggle - witness the students.

 

Bärlüer

Damn – I was going to mention that very quote to "balance" my earlier post...

ETA: here's the press conference transcript.

Unionist

Could someone remind me of the exact reason why Aussant ("Option nationale") doesn't join forces with QS?

 

love is free love is free's picture

because aussant is already finished and back into his career in private equity.

Unionist

So sad, but not surprised, to see this today:

[url=http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/365157/daniel-breton-demissionn... Breton resigns as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development[/url]

On Wednesday, the media of the rich dug up past sins - speeding violations, fines for making false EI declarations, unpaid rent. The Liberals and CAQ were already out for blood after he visited the BAPE (the environmental assessment agency) and laid down the law as to his expectations.

It's obvious Marois had no taste for defending him, so after fighting back somewhat yesterday, he quit this morning. He will remain as MNA for Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques - which he described this morning as the poorest riding in Québec - and will continue to represent his constituents with "solidarity and compassion".

From his very brief statement this morning (my translation):

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I have lived and known insecurity. I know what it is to lose your job, lose your apartment, and to live wondering whether there will be a meal on the table that evening.

 

He has been an environmental, social, and peace activist for many years. There isn't much room for people of this calibre in the parties of the comfortable and well-off. I can't do better than quote this résumé from Wikipedia:

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Breton was born in Montreal and studied political science at the University of Montreal and the University of Quebec at Montreal. He was a principal organizer of a November 2001 march in Montreal against Canada's military intervention in Afghanistan. During the march, he was quoted as saying, "We held this demonstration because we are against a military solution to settle the conflict and the fight against terrorism. We are against terrorism, but war is not the solution."

Breton subsequently founded Québec-Vert-Kyoto (later known as QuébecKyoto), which advocated in favour of the Kyoto Accord on climate change. In 2004, he led an ultimately successful protest against Hydro-Quebec's plans to launch the Suroit natural gas power project near Beauharnois. The following year, he called for the Montreal Transit Corporation to invest in suburban commuter trains rather than building a new bridge between Laval and Montreal.

In June 2007, Breton called on Canadian environment minister John Baird to resign over the Stephen Harper government's handling of the Kyoto Accord. Breton described Baird as "neither competent nor willing to carry in a serious, non-partisan manner, the heavy burden of the environment portfolio."

Breton spoke against Quebec's plans for shale gas exploration in 2010.

Breton helped re-launch the dormant Green Party of Quebec for the 2003 Quebec general election and was the party's candidate in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. He finished sixth against Parti Québécois incumbent Louise Harel. Breton also worked for the Green Party of Canada. He supported the sovereigntist option in the 1995 Quebec referendum on sovereignty and signed a joint statement in favour of Quebec independence in 2007.

In 2008, Breton left the Green Party to join the Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP). In joining the NDP, he was quoted as saying, "what is at stake in 2008 is not the sovereignty of Quebec but the sovereignty of Canada. We are in the process of losing control over our natural resources, over our economy, of our big businesses and our political sovereignty." He ran as a star candidate for the party in the 2008 federal election and finished third in Jeanne-Le Ber. He was not a candidate in the 2011 federal election, in which the NDP made a historic breakthrough to become the dominant federal party in Quebec.

In 2012, Breton joined the Parti Québécois and ran successfully for the party in the 2012 election, retaining the riding of Sainte-Marie—Saint-Jacques for the PQ.

lagatta

I suppose he was technically at fault for not owning up to the tiny "crimes" of poverty. I've been there (though fortunately no judgement about rent or minor fraud); I've had my electricity cut off and often not enough to eat, and other harassement and annoyances, as a lifelong activist. 

I'm sure now he will repay any outstanding debts. 

It was a shame to have Breton standing against Manon Massé; both were lifelong activists who could understand the problems of people in Sainte-Marie - Saint-Jacques (le Centre-Sud, including the Village and other neighbourhoods that remain extremely poor). 

Unionist

lagatta wrote:

It was a shame to have Breton standing against Manon Massé; both were lifelong activists who could understand the problems of people in Sainte-Marie - Saint-Jacques (le Centre-Sud, including the Village and other neighbourhoods that remain extremely poor). 

Agreed - but I can imagine her suffering a similar barrage if elected.

Like many Québec activists, he made the rounds of various parties. I was surprised when he ran for the federal NDP, and equally surprised when he left to run for the PQ. But I rather enjoy the anti-partisan traditions that have emerged here since the Quiet Revolution. Activists often tend to be more loyal to their principals and their principles than to particular party banners - which come and go.

 

lagatta

Alas, they'd be calling her a "maudite folle" as well. 

Unionist

Meanwhile - Véronique Hivon, who quit as Minister of Public Health and Youth Protection on Oct. 18 on doctor's orders because of risks associated with her pregnancy, is rumoured to be coming back. Radio-Canada reporters were reluctant to say more because of the delicate and private nature of the situation. She had maintained her duties as MNA for Joliette.

 

Bärlüer

Interesting (and good) news, I'd say. I have a lot of respect for Véronique Hivon.

Unionist

I wish I could translate this whole story:

[url=http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/karel-mayrand/daniel-breton-demission_b_... Breton at Club 357C[/url]

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Thousands of Quebecers are just like Breton: they are active in their community, for the environment, for the rights of womans, of gays and lesbians. For the homeless and the poor. They do without the basics of life to pay the rent, to make ends meet. Their social engagement will never bring them profit. They don't do it for their own self-interest, but out of conviction.

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PQ survive budget vote: CBC

lagatta

Unionist, Ethan Cox wrote a piece in English that is rather similar to the one you have posted: 

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/ethan-cox/2012/11/political-assasination...

I have already refused to be a candidate for similar (but even more minor) "misdeeds" borne of poverty. I think I got the fine for late income tax declaration once (I owed nothing, on the contrary). Never left anywhere with unpaid rent, but late rents, yeah. I'm sure Quebecor types could dig up lots of trifles I've utterly forgotten. Remember that these go back many years. 

Unionist

Thanks for the link, lagatta - I hadn't read the story yet. Ethan was so angry, he didn't edit the flow of words. I'm glad he didn't. He captured my thoughts and feelings. There's only one small point where I differ with him:

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Pauline Marois’ gutless failure to defend him should surprise no one. He was appointed as a token gesture to the political left which still, sadly, comprises much of the PQ’s base. She knew he would be a thorn in her side, and his resignation no doubt sent a sly smile across her face.

Daniel was ready to do battle the day before his curt resignation. Marois obviously told him to quit or be fired. There's no other explanation that makes any sense.

Daniel said he knew what it was like to lose a job, lose his apartment... I wonder if Marois could say the same. Last year, her palace on Île-Bizard was listing for $6.98 million.

lagatta

Cabinet ministers, senior civil servants etc have to sign a "resignation" letter when they are appointed. He was certainly "resigned" by Marois and the rest of the inner circle. 

Pauline hasn't unloaded "Moulinsart" yet?

 

Unionist

Yeah, she was asking $8 million, but let it go last January for a song ($6.98 million).

[url=http://sothebysrealty.ca/en/property/quebec/region/lile-bizardsainte-gen... is the Sotheby's January listing[/url] that shows it as "recently purchased". I know it was still for sale last December, so I figure someone bought it as a New Year's gift or something.

Personally, I prefer something a little more spacious...

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

You could house a lot of homeless people in that big estate. hint, hint

 

ETA: does Marois have any kind of a socially progressive conscience at all?

Unionist

Boom Boom wrote:

ETA: does Marois have any kind of a socially progressive conscience at all?

I don't believe there's a direct correlation between an individual's living standards and their social conscience. Otherwise, folks of modest means wouldn't vote for Harper and Bush and Hitler. Which they did. On a larger scale and timeline, yeah, I think we can generalize a bit.

As for Marois, it's hard to know what goes on in a person's head and heart. She did some crappy neo-liberal stuff as a minister last time round, but she was part of a crappy neo-liberal government led by Lucien Bouchard. I think she's well ahead of Bouchard and her predecessor Boisclair when it comes to "social conscience". But I wouldn't bet on seeing too much of that reflected in her governing style. Her first budget is a good example of that.

Speaking of which:

[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Qu%C3%A9bec+Solidaire+Amir+Khadir+de... denounces Parti Québécois budget[/url]

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Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir denounced the Parti Québécois’s budget on Saturday for keeping the health tax and failing to immediately raise mining royalties, even as delegates from the left-leaning party debated whether to broaden tactical alliances between Quebec’s sovereignist parties.

“The PQ is a power party, an establishment party,” said Khadir, a former co-spokesperson for the party.

“We cannot by any means be on the same line. But it might be possible to make certain tactical agreements in some ridings.”

lagatta

Boom Boom, that place would be useless for most homeless people (described in French as "itinerants" or "SDF" (Sans domicile fixe, or "no stable abode"). It is on an island hard-to-get-to from Montreal and impossible for street people to use either to beg, access social and health services or to seek out the kind of paid work they do (passing flyers and such, collecting deposit containers). 

It would be a good place for a lot of people who need many kinds of recovery (I don't just mean addiction recovery). I'm certain one could devise many socially-useful missions for a place like that, with a bit of thought. 

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Living in a place like that, I'd think her attitude to the rabble would be "let them eat cake".

alan smithee alan smithee's picture

After the budget and Marois handing André Boisclair not 1 but 2 high profile jobs,my support for the PQ is rapidly disappearing.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture
lagatta

There are also several demonstrations ongoing today and petitions against the cuts to welfare for: people from 55 to 58 (who got a small supplement because it is very hard for older workers to find a job), parents of a child under 5 (Agnès Maltais says kid can go into public daycare, but everyone here knows there is a long waiting list) and... addicts in drug andor alcohol rehab. There would be a 3-month limit on rehab stays.

NOBODY is against helping people find work or even giving them (non-punishing) encouragement in that direction, but cutting already inadequate welfare payment is not going to help anyone find a job, if they can't afford bus tickets, haircuts and sometimes a bit of new clothing...

The PQ, despite its social-democratic discourse, is doing the same dirty deeds as the Feds with their cuts on EI for seasonal workers...

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