Tracey Lindeman, Associated Press Updated 9:37 am CDT, Saturday, April 13, 2019 In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, photo, kindergarten teacher Haniyfa Scott gives a lesson during class in Montreal. The Quebec government's recently tabled Bill 21 bans the wearing of religious symbols for new government placed employees within schools, the courts and law enforcement. Bill 21 is Quebec’s fourth legislative attempt since 2011 to regulate the wearing of religious symbols for people working in the public sphere, and for the first time it invokes a constitutional clause allowing local governments to override some constitutional rights. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) less In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, photo, kindergarten teacher Haniyfa Scott gives a lesson during class in Montreal. The Quebec government's recently tabled Bill 21 bans the wearing of religious symbols for new ... more Photo: Graham … [Read more...] about Religious symbols proposal ignites fiery debate in Quebec
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By Nia Williams CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Talk of Alberta separating from the rest of Canada is gaining ground ahead of April 16 elections, as a number of political parties in the country's energy heartland seek to capitalise on voter anger with federal policies. The idea that Alberta could separate has been a fringe idea in the province for years but last month the Alberta Independence Party, which was revived in 2018 after a 17-year hiatus, was awarded official status after registering 63 candidates to fight in the election. Adding fuel to the separatist fire, is a promise by the United Conservative Party, which is leading in polls, to hold a referendum on equalization payments - a federal payout system to smooth out disparities among provinces - unless new oil export pipelines are built. "(The UCP) is suggesting if we don't get what we want, there are plenty of people here that view separatism seriously," said Jared Wesley, political science professor at the University of … [Read more...] about Political parties stoke separatist sentiment ahead of Alberta vote
0 Have your say The Scottish Conservatives should be inspired by examples of “nationalist unionism” around the world and split from the UK party, given the divide between them and right-wingers like Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson, writes Kenny MacAskill. Every political party’s going to pay a heavy price for the Brexit debacle. The electorate’s contempt will be taken out on all come the next election. For some, that’ll be unfair as they’ve been marginal figures but for many it will be justified, as the leadership has been deplorable. A recent poll carried out by Lord Ashcroft confirmed why, as it’s clear that old political loyalties are breaking down and not just on the centre ground. On left and right, patience is wearing thin and new allegiances are being considered. Labour have already seen some fracturing and it’ll get worse, but it’s the Tories who have the furthest to fall and from a position where … [Read more...] about Scottish Tories should split from party of Rees-Mogg and Boris – Kenny MacAskill
By Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday moved to end the worst crisis of his tenure, expelling two former cabinet members whom he said had undermined the ruling Liberal Party. Trudeau announced that former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and former treasury board minister Jane Philpott would no longer be allowed to sit as Liberal legislators. The Liberals have been in turmoil since Wilson-Raybould said in February that officials had inappropriately pressured her to ensure construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc escaped a corruption trial when she was justice minister last year. "The trust that previously existed between these two individuals and our team has been broken," Trudeau told an emergency meeting of caucus. "Our political opponents win when Liberals are divided. We can't afford to make that mistake – Canadians are counting on us," said Trudeau, who came into office in November 2015 and faces a … [Read more...] about Canada’s Trudeau expels two ex-ministers from ruling party in bid to end scandal
When Justin Trudeau was elected Canadian prime minister four years ago, he became an instant international celebrity and media darling.The charismatic and photogenic politician made headlines for everything fromhis feminist views to his tattoos and past jobs — which include being a bungee-jumping coach.While his late father Pierre Trudeau governed the country for most of 1968 until 1984, the chances of Justin Trudeau winning a second term later this year appear to be dimming amid the biggest crisis of his political career. The scandal has already cost the 47-year-old his top aide and best friend, as well two of his most high-profile female Cabinet ministers.Here is a look at what happened — and what might happen next.What is at the heart of the scandal?In a serious blow to Trudeau, a second member of his Cabinet resigned on Monday, saying she had lost confidence in how his Liberal government had dealt with a scandal that has dominated the news agenda for nearly a … [Read more...] about Justin Trudeau vowed to change politics. Now a scandal may doom him.