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Bonne Fête Nationale à tous les Québécois!

Happy holiday to all Quebecers!

Background explainer for readers outside the province: This is St-Jean Baptiste Day in Quebec, a national holiday only celebrated in this province — not in the rest of Canada. 461 more words

Parti Québécois

Bonne Fête! Party gets underway in Montreal

Thousands of people came together to express their love for Quebec at the Fête nationale celebrations in Montreal on Tuesday night.

The concert at Place des Festivals was packed. 376 more words

Local News

Editorial: A national holiday for all

On June 23, 1977, former Parti Québécois MNA Robert Burns stood in the National Assembly to wish all Quebecers a happy national holiday.

A few weeks earlier, the newly elected government of premier René Lévesque had issued an official decree stating that the annual celebration known as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day would henceforth also be known as the Fête nationale du Québec. 491 more words

Montreal

Quebec Liberals and Bill 101: "politesse" or politics?

Just when you thought successive Quebec governments had gone as far as they could with Bill 101, the charter of the French language, Liberal cabinet minister Helene David announced this week regulations would be added to the law forcing retailers to add a French descriptor to their trademarks when displayed on outdoor signs. 155 more words

Local News

Don Macpherson: A victory for Pierre Karl Péladeau — or a strategic retreat by Philippe Couillard

What Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard has been calling intolerable in a democracy has apparently turned out to be tolerable, after all.

And so on Sunday, Couillard signalled that his Liberal government is abandoning its attempt to force new Opposition Leader Pierre Karl Péladeau to resolve the conflict of interest between his political career and his extensive business interests. 608 more words

Quebec

Gazette Midday: Quebec motorists to get a break on licence costs in 2016

Hello and welcome to montrealgazette.com and welcome to Midday. Here’s the rundown on some of the stories we’re following for you today.

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Local News

Austerity: What It Is and Why You're Wrong

Austerity has quickly become a four-letter word. Where Quebec students think of the cuts that the Couillard government has imposed on society, economists think of Greece. 994 more words

Canadian Politics