Re: “Quebec’s Bill 96 an act of separation, kidnapping of our Constitution,” Column, The Gazette, July 7.
Before writing his column, Alan Murdock should have done some fact-checking on his claims about Quebec history.
The Coalition Avenir Quebec and the Bloc Quebecois are not children of the FLQ. The FLQ was a radical Marxist movement that had a small following. Other separatists such as René Lévesque harshly condemned the FLQ’s actions, and Pierre Trudeau’s lieutenant Jean Marchand later admitted that the federal government “used a cannon to kill a fly” when it invoked the War Measures Act.
Murdock apparently confused…
I’m writing this on the morning of Canada Day 2021, thinking about all the fascinating things I’ve read and the people I’ve met.
The discovery of the unmarked graves of hundreds of Indigenous children forced into residential schools sent shockwaves through non-Native Canadians. Many people wonder how our governments and churches could have done this, what reason they could have had for it.
The unmarked graves aren’t the only issue Indigenous people deal with, of course. Non-Native people often say Indigenous people should come to Canadian cities to find jobs and better lives, but we often don’t talk about what…
The horrific discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves at a former residential school in Kamloops shocked many Canadians and forced them to take a long, hard look at our country’s history.
In St. Albert, there’s a push to rename schools originally named for the Oblate priest Vital Grandin, who was heavily involved in the residential school system and talked about making Indigenous children ‘ashamed’ of their identities so they would want to assimilate into non-Indigenous society. …
Is this the same issue as when actual Indigenous, black, or people of colour don't agree with far-left social justice positions get shouted down by the very white people who claim to be fighting for them? The BIPOC end up getting accused of suffering from internalized racism or colonialism, or saying they're not 'Hindu/Indian' enough to truly understand. The thread below touches on this.
I'm not sure whether to be bemused or appalled when white activists start defining what minorities ought to be thinking and then imply that they're not truly members of their community or accused of being sellouts.
Thank you for this. You've touched on a few things I've been thinking about for a long time (will I be cancelled if I disagree with certain 'woke' commenters, even if I agree with other things they say? Is it really any better when a person of colour says they hate me for my race, or that I'm somehow crueler and more savage because of my European ancestry?) but wonder if I'll be condemned on social media if I ask them too loudly.
I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of white people are uncertain about what exactly they're supposed…
Wouldn't a simpler method for interprovincial trade be for the federal government to invoke Section 94 of the 1867 Constitution Act, which authorizes the federal government to transfer responsibility for property rights and trade to itself with the consent of the provinces, with only Quebec being exempt from Section 94? As more and more provinces joined, businesses and other third parties could put more and more pressure on the holdouts to join.
Concerns from regions like Alberta about it not taking into account their particular circumstances could be alleviated by placing its national headquarters in some place like Calgary, which would also make sense as being one of the country's leading business hubs?
A year ago, before Canada was turned upside down by the coronavirus, many Canadians’ attention was held by the angry blockades and protests Indigenous people across the country held against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline on the traditional territories of the Wetsu’wet’en Nation in B.C. A common theme in those protests was that pipelines shouldn’t be built on ‘stolen land’.
I’ve heard the notion that Canada ‘s stolen land’ more and more these days. So what are the notion’s bigger implications? …
In his latest column, Brian McLeod claimed free enterprise is better at solving problems than governments (“Free enterprise can do what governments can’t,” Jan. 27 Gazette). But free enterprise has its problems too, and sometimes governments are actually better at solving problems.
Just look at the privatized American health care system. Despite being run by free enterprise, it’s so bloated and inefficient that it’s a far bigger drain on both Americans’ public and private dollars than our government-run system. There are plenty of horror stories about people being financially ruined by hospital bills, often for things that aren’t their fault…
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