Quebec will impose “value test” on new immigrants
Quebec Premier Francois Legault gave the green light for the introduction of a new “values test” for new immigrants to the province.
“I think it’s important when you settle in a new society to understand its values,” said Quebec Premier Legault.
Quebec’s Liberal Party has suffered another loss in a byelection in the riding of Jean-Talon, just outside of Quebec City. As a result of this, the Liberals now represent only two ridings outside of Montreal.
The Liberals were dealt this staggering blow by the surging CAQ, suffering a negative swing of 7.6 percent. The CAQ, on the other hand, was rewarded with a positive swing of 14.8 percent—a testament to the continued popularity of the CAQ’s policies in La Belle Province.
The two separatist parties, the radical Quebec Solidare, and the Parti Quebecois also lost votes, coming as a relief to Quebec’s federalists who have watched the rise of separatism in the province with growing concern.
The incoming MNA for the riding is the CAQ’s Joëlle Boutin, replacing the Liberal Sébastien Proulx. The riding of Jean-Talon has been represented by the Liberals since 1952, making the CAQ’s victory significant.
Quebec’s Liberal party is now down to 28 seats, a significant decrease in their margins since 2014 when they won 70 seats. The other two Liberal seats are located in Outaouais, a traditional Liberal stronghold.
The CAQ stormed to office in 2018, focusing on fiscal responsibility, Quebec nationalism, and the contentious secularism bill. Despite the tut-tutting from English Canada, the CAQ continues to enjoy vast popularity in New France.
The Quebec government has passed a new law that will force drivers who have two DUIs to have a breathalyzer in their car for life, according to the CBC.
The new law will come into effect on Monday. The new legislation requires a driver to blow into a device to prove that they have no alcohol in the system before the car can start. This only applies if the driver has been convicted twice for driving under the influence in under a decade.
As well as this, the person’s driving licence will be branded with a black mark that allows police to check and see if the driver is under the influence. Mother’s Against Drink Driving commended the Quebec government for this piece of legislation.
If a driver is caught without the device, despite matching the necessary criteria, they will receive a fine of $1,500.
This legislation arrives after a spree of drunk-driving related deaths in Quebec occurred over the past decade. Quebec’s Ministry of Transportation has revealed statistics from 2013-17 that show almost 100 deaths a year, 220 serious injuries, 1,800 minor injuries—all relating to driving under the influence.
Quebec Premier Francois Legault says the CN Railway strikes have left la Belle Province in dire straights, as the province is left with less than five days worth of propane—a shortage which would cause mayhem in hospitals, nursing homes, farms, and barbeques everywhere.
The province, which is left with about 12 million litres of propane, uses roughly six million litres per day and has since rationed the daily usage down to three million litres.
Premier Legault says hospitals, retirement homes, and health centres have been given top priority to the precious resource, with farms being second priority.
Legault says he’s optimistic that a settlement between CN Rail and its employees will be met, but called upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to pass urgent emergency back-to-work legislation.
Canadian Propane Association CEO Nathalie St-Pierre told The Canadian Press six-hour truck lines for propane have already been formed in Sarnia, Ontario.
Roughly 85 percent of Quebec’s propane comes by via rail, with most of it coming from Sarnia and Edmonton, both known for their propane.
Quebec Premier François Legault has called Don Cherry “a clown” after he was fired for his poppy comments. Speaking to a Quebec City radio station, Legault told listeners that he was “very happy” that Cherry had been booted.
The premier went on to say that “He’s a bit of a clown … I’ve often seen him whining against francophones. Now he’s doing it against immigrants.”
It is unsurprising that Legault is celebrating Cherry’s ousting. The Hockey icon often takes every opportunity to insult the Quebecois. In the past, Cherry has made televised comments about the Quebecois, accusing them of being effeminate for wearing visors, and ruining the Canadian game.
On Twitter, French Canadians also expressed their support of Sportsnet’s decision to fire Cherry. The general sentiment was that this decision was a long time coming. Some users expressed irritation that Cherry was fired for an alleged derogatory comment about immigrants, and not the comments he made about Quebecois for years.