Jimmy Kay and others from the Unity Group have been doing their best to convince the PQ government that Bill 14 should not pass.
I agree, as do so many others. It is an awful piece of proposed legislation. And many have been wondering why the federal government has been so silent on this issue.
According to Kay, Ottawa can veto Bill 14. He says that under Section 90 of the constitution, the federal cabinet,
with the authority of the governor general, can disallow any provincial legislation it sees as unjust. No vote in parliament is required.
This veto power was referred to in the Confederation debates, and was a sacred promise made to all minorities of Canada that the federal government would always step in whenever a province violated the rights or privileges of its minority citizens.
The question remains; why has Ottawa been so silent on an issue ...
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Equality Party 2.0?
The new party is looking to add members to its ranks after forming within the past few months, following the election win last September of the PQ.
Party president Allan Finkelstein joined me tonight, announcing the party's general meeting for the recruitment of new members. It will be held Sunday May 26 from 2pm-4pm at the Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites located at 1900 Trans-Canada Highway.
The speakers include party leader Mark Bergeron, Howard Galganov, Hugo Shabbeare (spokesperson for the Quebec Office for the English language) and Debra Shapiro-Lambersky (President the Equality Party 2.0 Youth Wing).
The Equality Party 2.0 brands itself as the"only Quebec political party that 100% supports a return to sanity, equality of rights, and freedom of choice in all business linguistic matters, investment and tourist friendly policies, and the promotion of tolerance in everyday ...
As many as 25% of North American women are likely to be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Sarelle Sheldon was raped two years ago in Montreal and she is talking about it, writing about it, to let people know that she is a survivor.
And Sheldon hopes others will be able to speak out as well.
Sheldon was raped in Montreal in August 2011 when someone slipped the date-rape drug into her drink. She was left in an alley. The next morning, she awoke in a hospital bed.
Her attacker has never been arrested.
But Sheldon shows remarkable courage in speaking out. And in the video below, you can watch her talking publically for the first time about the attack.
Photo credit: huffingtonpost.ca
The Quebec Liberal Party is calling for the resignation of one of the language and immigration minister's political aides, because of outrageous comments he made about immigrants and Anglophones in Montreal's Metro newspaper.
Under the headline, "They're crazy, those Anglos", Akos Verboczy writes that "I have always found our anglophones a bit crazy." While, he writes, they are not as crazy as Richard Bain "they are only suffering from a sort of paranoid-obsessive mental instability, unleashed when Quebec is the topic."
The article also says Anglophones call Quebecers racists and xenophobes. And that while real racism also exists on the Francophone side "it is never with the same zeal, that obsession and quasi-unanimity that characterizes anglophone public opinion."
He also wrote that in the movie Mister Lahzar, he's the perfect immigrant. "Not the kind that calls for a place to pray at work, that finds Bill 101 inhumane or drowns ...
It's great that a news outlet such as the BBC is reporting to its audience about the fact language tensions have been on the rise since the PQ was elected last September.
I spoke with Marc Bergeron, whose story was featured in that report. Marc became involved in politics because he couldn't accept that a paramedic wouldn't speak to him in English despite the fact Marc's daughter last fall was suffering from a seizure.
That incident led Marc to become the leader of the Equality Party 2.0.
And he talked about the hope that stories such as the one on the BBC will convince the PQ to abondon legislation that stomps on individual human rights.