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Legault says Quebec can unilaterally change constitution

On Facebook Saturday, Legault called himself the “prime minister of Quebec,” in telling readers about a letter he wrote to Trudeau.

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Premier François Legault has told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Quebec can change the Canadian constitution by itself.

On Facebook Saturday, Legault called himself the “prime minister of Quebec,” in telling readers about a letter he wrote to Trudeau.

The constitutional claim was made in the letter to Trudeau after the Legault government introduced massive changes to provincial language laws.

The letter said Quebec has the power to unilaterally change the constitution to affirm Quebec is a nation and that French is its official language.

The new law includes tougher sign laws and stronger language requirements for businesses governments and schools.

Legault said the use of French was declining in Quebec and tough laws were needs to protect the language.

“When I think of all the generations that have succeeded and managed to keep French alive, on a massively English-speaking continent, I realize the great responsibility I have,” he said in a Facebook post.

“French in Quebec will always be threatened. And every generation has a responsibility to ensure their survival. It’s our turn to carry the torch, our turn to protect our tongue with pride. As the prime minister of Quebec, my first duty, my first duty is to protect our language.

“This law will be the strongest action to protect our language, since the passage of Law 101 in 1977.

“Our language is at the heart of what we are as a nation. Let’s be proud of our history! Let’s be proud to live in Quebec in French!”

 The letter also notes former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government adopted a motion in 2006 recognizing Quebec as a nation.

Legault’s letter said Quebec will use all available means, including the notwithstanding clause, to support the bill. 

Legault signed the letter to Trudeau as being from “the prime minister of Quebec.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. David Cannon

    June 5, 2021 at 11:22 am

    You are being disingenuous. The distinction between “Prime Minister” and “Premier” does not exist in the French language, in which Legault wrote to Trudeau. “Premiere Ministre” is the word used for both offices.

  2. Robert Lee

    May 17, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I checked with a couple of Quebecois and they assured me that Legault was not referring to himself as the Prime Minister of Quebec rather that is how they refer to the Premier in Quebec.

  3. Dennis Richter

    May 17, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Remind me again why Alberta should remain part of a Dysfunctional Constitution where one province can call the shots. Time to buy your Wildrose membership, get involved with your local CA, form the provincial government in 2023 and rid ourselves of this madness. https://wildrose.party/

  4. Greg Strohschein

    May 17, 2021 at 8:34 am

    If the “Prime Minister” of Quebec believes they are a separate nation, then they should no longer be allowed to have a say in Canadian affairs, including elections.

  5. Steven Ruthven

    May 17, 2021 at 3:51 am

    17 May 2021
    After reading Danielle Smith’s e-mail to her subscribers this weekend. I am now of the opinion that the Premier of Quebec & Prime Minister Trudeau may have colluded together on the French language affair. Danielle paints a good picture of how Mr. O’Toole is now between a French Kiss & a cranky Western electorate.

  6. Left Coast

    May 16, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Legault . . . get control of your radical citizens . . .

    Fakeastinian sympathizers in Montreal . . . “We are Algerians, but we are here in support of our Palestinian brothers and sisters. We want the world to act. People are suffering there.”

    “There were few incidents, with the exception of one individual who smashed a plate glass window at the office tower, and was quickly berated by other protesters, and then arrested by police. Small groups of protesters threw projectiles at police, the Montreal police force reported, and four arrests were made — one for mischief for breaking the window, one for assaulting a police officer and two for armed assault of a police officer. Police pepper sprayed some protesters who refused to vacate the area at Westmount Square.”

    Way more problems in Montreal than the Constitution . . . Montreal starting to resemble France . . . where they say a Civil-war could break out soon!

  7. lajc63@gmail.com

    May 15, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Hey mr Legault…. Take Trudeau and his clan of buffoons and please separate your wealth sucking province away from Canada! Please do!

  8. Steven Ruthven

    May 15, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Premier? Only White Cranky French speakers & no religious symbols allowed ?

    How’s that for being racists against & forcing cultural French speaking people out the door 🚪.

    Is it the French language Premier or something more sinister?

  9. Steven Ruthven

    May 15, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Justin Trudeau thought his smug remarks in the House of Commons made him look 👀 intelligent 🤠.

    Then Quebec Premier (Backstab) nailed the chosen one with a knife 🔪 right between the shoulder blades.

    Didn’t see that coming 🤔

  10. James

    May 15, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    This is outrageous. A province can unilaterally change its own provincial constitution as it pleases. However a change to the CANADIAN constitution requires approval of at least some of the rest of the Federation and the House of Commons. The amending formulas in the Federal Constitution leave no doubt. Quebec can’t just add ‘notwithstanding’ to its law and cut the rest of the country out of amending its own constitution.

  11. Steven Ruthven

    May 15, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Holy Cow 😳

    Quebec NEVER signed the Constitution in 1982 !

    The Premier of Quebec has intact just separated from Canada 🇨🇦 & either needs to fully leave Confederation as its own country or be forced out of confederation.

    As a Westerner who has been forced to support legalized extortion of Alberta’s resource wealth. You can take your arrogance and Trudeau and 🤬 off ❗️

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Edmonton anchor fuming after pride flag ripped down

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

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An Edmonton news anchor is furious after a Pride flag was ripped down from its pole outside her home.

“I am LIVID right now,” tweeted Breanna Karstens-Smith, a Global anchor.

Karstens-Smith

“This just happened at my house. Someone came and tore down our Pride flag. No one touched it for a year when it was a Canada flag but now that it’s for pride this happens.

“THIS IS WHY WE NEED PRIDE MONTH.”

Karstens-Smith said she has called police and urged people to share her post so the culprit can be found.

Pride flag torn down

“And they are greatly mistaken if they think we’re not putting another one up. Ordering a new flag pole now. Flag is thankfully fine but we got it from @thequiltbagyeg and would love to see more in our city,” she tweeted.

“Our flag is back up and our house feels right again. Thank you for the kind messages of support. The best part is hearing from people now putting up their own flags. I’d love to see photos of them. Happy Pride.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Regina chamber CEO calls COVID-19 protesters ‘narrow, dimwitted, racist’

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy,” said John Hopkins.

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Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins denounced COVID-19 protesters and their message in an email sent to the organization’s members.

“The anti-mask group in Regina are a very small but loud group. They have been protesting for months. They believe that they have a right to not wear a mask,” Hopkins wrote.

“Some are of the view that there are tracking devices in the masks and still others believe that this is a global conspiracy.

“…the anti-maskers have crossed the line. They have been harassing business owners, people on the street and now their latest target, kids at schools. In my opinion targeting kids is too far, way too far.

“I personally do not support the anti-mask movement at all. I find their views narrow, dimwitted, racist and teetering on the edge of outright lunacy. They certainly have the right to say what they want but the same rights and privileges extend to the rest of us….

“Racism is a vicious challenge that we need to address as a country, province and community. The time has come to act and stand up.”

The Western Standard asked Hopkins what harassment had occurred in Regina.

“There’s a candy shop on 13th Avenue,” Hopkins said.

“The business owner asked them to put on a mask and they refused and business owner refused to serve them.”

The incident from May 26 was watched almost 30,000 times on a YouTube video. The would-be customers were standing outside on the deck of the business across from the serving window.

“There has been some altercations between anti maskers and other people, actually on the street, I believe on Albert Street,” Hopkins said.

“And throughout the course of the last 14 months on, generally speaking, it’s just been people on the side of the street.”

Hopkins’ accusation of racism concerned comments made about Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab.

“There were some very troubling remarks about Dr. Shahab that the premier addressed. We were quite concerned about that… as well as other sort of comments on telling people to go home and that type of thing on some of the signs.”

At a December 14 press conference, Premier Moe said the “end was in sight” for COVID-19 restrictions, but he was “embarassed” at “racist”,”foolish”, and “idiotic” comments made by a protester at the legislature. In a video posted days before, a man tried to say Shahab’s name a few times unsuccessfully before commenting, “can’t get these foreigners’ names right.”

Regarding students, Hopkins said, “I’ve heard that they were at a school and that they were talking to kids at a school this past week….and parking in the school parking lot….I just think going to the school is a bit much.”

Hopkins said masks help.

“It blows my mind that somehow when the Chief Medical Officer – not only one, but many across the country, and in fact, globally – are saying, wear a mask, I think it’s pretty straightforward wearing a mask is one of the things that can help people stay safe…Even though we’re making headway against the virus, it’s still out there that masks aren’t doing anything. And I find it just bizarre.”

The email was posted on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page by Kevin Volk.

“Check out this crap that was sent to me,” Volk wrote, urging people to phone the chamber to express their displeasure.

Volk told the Western Standard he had a cleaning business and had been a chamber member “for well over ten years.”

“This is just another slap in the face for business owners. The chamber has been pushing for businesses to remain closed even tho they are supposed to help businesses. They have done absolutely nothing for small businesses owners,” he said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Canadians hit with millions of dollars of COVID fines

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

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The feds have issued tickets for close to $3 million for COVID-19 scofflaws who have refused to quarantine at hotels after arriving back in the country, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Other tickets handed out include fines for fraudulent COVID-19 test results.

Cabinet tabled in the Commons detailed enforcement actions under the Quarantine Act.

“I think it is important that we adhere to the public health advice that we are all getting, that we do our part as Canadians to try and protect our health care system,” Health Minister Patricia Hajdu earlier told reporters.

Records show a total 988 air passengers were each ticketed $3,000 for “refusing to go to government-approved accommodation” on arrival in Canada. The majority of tickets, 621, were issued at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport followed by Vancouver (194 tickets) and Montréal (173).

Cabinet on January 7 passed an order requiring all air travelers to prove they were COVID-19-free with tests taken a maximum 72 hours prior to arrival. An identical order for cross-border drivers was invoked February 22.

The Canada Border Services Agency found 62 travelers with fake tests, said the report, and four were each ticketed $3,000.

Another 9,003 travelers were cited for not having proof of a valid test, including 4,583 drivers and 4,420 air passengers.

“This would include individuals who did not test at all, who were in possession of tests outside the required 72-hour time frame, tests that did not originate from the required country of origin, tests that are suspected fraudulent and other reasons,” wrote staff.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair defended the enforcement.

“Cancel your vacation plans,” Blair told reporters February 12.

“Stay home. Respect the rules. We believe that through these effective measures, appropriate screening and the testing measures in particular that we have put in place coupled with robust and enforced quarantine orders, it is the best way to prevent variants from spreading across our borders into Canada.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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