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I want to compliment Anthony Bonaparte on the April 28 cartoon in The Suburban (Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms). Very much to the point when discussing the present government's mentality.

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Pierre Trudeau assailed the logic of Distinct Society status for Quebec, saying that if you’re distinct from me, then I’m distinct from you. Essentially, bully for you.

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Contrary to English Montreal School Board chair Joe Ortona's "lauding" the recent court decision finding fault with a limited number of articles in Bill 21 (EMSB lauds Bill 21 ruling, The Suburban, April 27) or even letter writer Marcus Tabachnick (Government must respect operations of Engli…

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When the first PQ government was elected, they made a decision to promote the French language. How to do it was left to a PQ minister who was rabidly Anglophobic. They could have made a law for the Protestant school boards, for children in their first years of school, up to the age of  10, w…

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It's back. Like the seasonal flu, Quebec's nationalist politicians are talking about using the Notwithstanding Clause to suspend minority rights in the province. Over thirty years ago, that’s exactly what Liberal Robert Bourassa did to protect the commercial signage provisions of Bill 101 ba…

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What is wrong with Francois Legault and the CAQ?  The Canadian nation has been suffering with Covid-19 for over a year.  Our health care professionals, the auxiliary staff in hospitals, CLSCs, and nursing homes are exhausted.  The teachers and many other front line workers are ignored, under…

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How is forcing an Anglo to take a few of their classes in French "protecting" the French language? It isn't as if the Anglo was ever "French," so he or she isn't attacking, demeaning or in any way reducing the use of French in the province.

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The Superior Court of Quebec in its ruling on the "secularism" law has reiterated the right of English schools boards to manage and control their institutions. It is time for the Legault government to recognize and accept the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the minority language commun…

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In almost every province over the last two decades, the school board has been a vilified institution. Suffice it to say school boards have known their share of scandal and are perceived by many to be outdated, inefficient, and having lost their powers of taxation, largely ineffective. But, i…

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I’m sick and tired of Justin Trudeau being seen as a leader on climate and social justice when the facts just don’t back that up. Despite having six years in power, emissions have risen, we have no Just Transition Act, boil water advisories persist and Canada has fallen to last among the G-7…

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From the first time I saw that ludicrous idea of a kilometer tax, I've been wondering how they would make this work since it is, for now, only limited to the city of Montreal. More and more, it seems, like they say, that the fools are running the asylum. The boat is sinking but we are still …

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I really do not understand why we continue having a curfew. A curfew has been in place since January 8th and I do not think it is serving the greater good. It seems from the many articles I read it is a very extreme measure and should be used in short bursts in order to maximize its effectiv…

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The federalist petitioners challenging Bill 99 over the last 20 years, that law declaring the so-called rights and prerogatives of the “Quebec people”, and their nationalist adversaries were actually on the same side of the question: Does Bill 99 authorize unilateral secession? Keith Henders…

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At its recent congress the Projet Montréal party proposed a tax on driving. This would entail installing a meter in every car so the city administration would know where, when and how far everyone drives and bill them by kilometre.

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There is a call by community groups for Premier Legault to denounce the recent attack on a mosque. It makes yet another incident that badly reflects on this province. Legault has to accept and denounce Islamophobia as well as all other forms of racism. It’s time Anglophobia is declared as ra…

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Regarding your editorial “Dumb and Dumber,” it is so unfortunate that this city has become the punching bag for all the silly politicians that have struck it and jabbed it to the dilapidated state it is in today!! Let’s see,where does one begin? Bike lanes? Closures of main arteries like the…

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Mayor Plante’s refusal to accept the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism clearly demonstrates the old definition of anti-Semitism - hating Jews more than is absolutely necessary - is still alive.  I'm tempted to say, in the immortal words of Bob Dylan, "Goin' back to New York City--I do believe…

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Denis Coderre has announced he would run for Mayor again. Four years of Plante can be characterized as a collective nightmare. But Coderre seems to think that new packaging, and a few fresh buzz-words will get Montrealers into electing him again. He realized campaigning on his record of gran…

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The recent brouhaha centered around Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) president Marlene Jennings is symptomatic of a much larger issue. Founded some 25-years ago in a different political era devoid of the Internet and less provincial centralization, the QCGN attempts to bring widely sca…

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It is early days, but new president Marlene Jennings of the Quebec Community Group Network [QCGN] has already failed her first test. It is very doubtful that was representing her group with her exuberant and inappropriate comments of ‘I am with Premier Legault’ and ‘I love it ‘when he decide…

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What is “Mayor Plante’s problem with condemning anti-Semitism” your excellent editorial asks.

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Jeff Itcush is quite correct to note (The state of Quebec education, March 31) that Quebec compares favourably to many educational benchmarks as highlighted in the international PISA surveys. However, for all of its so-called strengths, the Quebec education system systematically fails many o…

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I recently had a haircut at the same basic NDG barbershop I have been using for at least 25 years. Now allowed to reopen and being very careful with sanitation and distancing, and even keeping a log of customers in case contacts need to be retraced (there have been no instances), she told me…

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Montreal is neither the largest nor the wealthiest city in Canada. It is not the capital of the province or of the country. But it is the city that is emblematic of what Canada aspires to be as a nation: bilingual, multicultural, and influential beyond its borders.

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Your editorial “What is Mayor Plante’s problem with condemning anti-Semitism” is something which puzzles everyone who has written to her asking that she adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance IHRA definition, and has not heard from her as to why she refuses to do so. It is no…

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I couldn't help but be completely shocked by the juxtaposition of two articles in a local newspaper. The first article was about Mayor Plante making sure that people only say Bonjour, as adding the word Hi is extremely dangerous to the survival of the French language. The very next article s…

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I saw this manhandling by police raised in your editorial of March 17th happen three times. At first I thought the person they were stopping was involved in something I hadn't seen , but then I saw it happen right in front of me. I can confirm that this was a police tactic used during the Ma…

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According to science and Pfizer, the optimal immunity occurs if the second shot occurs about 20 days after the first shot. The efficacy of the serum decreases significantly as time goes by. Waiting 120 days after the first dose makes the first dose inefficient.

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I was there at the March on the 13th with my husband, a friend and our two daughters. We thankfully didn’t have any issues, but I have heard stories similar to that of your editor Beryl Wajsman. The police who abuse their power are why people are losing their trust in the people who are supp…

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God may move in mysterious ways, but the government and the courts are no slouches either. Hasidic Jews had to go to court twice in a little over a month to enforce their constitutional right to pray. The first time, they won because the court found the government misinterpreted its own dire…

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As always, I appreciate The Suburban leading the effort of bringing a balanced and multi-faceted perspective to the COVID conversation. I just thought I’d follow up with some more information.

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While many are debating the ethics of jumping the line when it comes to the recent announcement of a “pilot project” to vaccinate the parent population of schools in COVID variant hot zones, a major issue has been with the inconsistent messaging and informal delivery of this news. On the eve…

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Crazy stuff at the March. Do we now live in a police state? The general media coverage except The Suburban’s over this demonstration to date has been terrible. Thank you for your story and editorial. I was there, and the population was there in great numbers — many, many thousands of people.…

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Demographics clearly demonstrate that the French language will always be a minority in Canada/North America and no amount of "protection" will change this reality. Without bogging down in the weeds of statistics, general trends show that Canada's current population stands at approximately 38…

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I have been a good citizen for the last year accepting Premier Legault’s decisions and mandates and following the advice of the government and health authorities.But now I feel I have to offer some advice as an unvaccinated 62 year old.

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Awesome editorial on out of control cops. It is very concerning that police can hide behind access to information laws in order to hide information. No one at City Hall seems to be in control. Everything the SPVM wants or does not want, their wish is granted. No one seems to care at City Hall.

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Surveys, statistics, numbers, percentages, focus groups, and facts. These are all good and necessary things, but they are not the way to fight a language war.

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As the proud owner of 12 signed and personalized editorial page cartoons by Napolean, I was blown away by last week's. So clever and to the point. I am still chuckling every time I look at it.

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Here we go again! Another personality that wants to enter politics (this one let go by CBC Montreal radio). Imagine, absolutely no experience whatsoever in politics, and now wants to be the saviour for the Mount Royal riding as a Conservative. What a farce.

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I read your editorial about the curfew and I agree 110%. It needs to end. There is no science nor data thus far that shows or showed it worked here or anywhere in the world. Your editorial should be pushed into all media and into the political world and debated and the curfew removed once an…

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Time for the Conservatives to replace Trudeau and his MPs who have let him ruin our party! Congratulations Frank Cavallaro! Good luck!

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The article written by Jeff Itcush is an important one. Housing affordability in Montreal is a creeping iceberg every resident is watching get closer. Unfortunately, Jeff Itcush’s oped is very underreported.

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Oprah’s interview with the Sussexes has anti-imperialists and anti-colonialists duking it out again with monarchists and royalists. Some countries of the Commonwealth, prompted by republican elements, are considering a review of their constitutional status. In Canada’s case, Julie Payette’s …

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I am writing to you on behalf of my family to express our protest concerning the latest measure: mandating face masks for children in elementary school.