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La Presse Canadienne August 13, 2012
As classes resume this week in some colleges and votes to resume classes continue to take place, Quebec Solidaire (QS) calls for free education from kindergarten to university.
In Gatineau, the co-spokesperson Françoise David also confirmed on Monday that his government would repeal Law 12, born out of bill 78, starting September 5. QS would also give amnesty to all persons charged in connection with this law.
According to Ms. David, there is no alternative to revolve the student conflict but to introduce free education.
Lisa Payette August 3, 2012
Jean Charest beamed before the Quebec international airport Wednesday afternoon, sweating in his navy blue suit under the heavy sun. He was surrounded by his ministers, come to support him to the very end, nodding at his every word and showing the same self-satisfied smiles they’ve had for the last nine years. One might have thought it was a wedding photo in front of a church. The women were well dressed and the men were red like tomatoes, or Liberals.
Again and again Charest said that this election he wants to give “the silent majority” a chance to make their voices heard regarding the choice he is giving them: either the economy and jobs, or the street and its henchmen. It looks so much like a referendum that you could mistake it for one.
Sometimes it was like he was delivering a sermon from the altar like the priests made us listen to year after year. Other times you could recognize the good old Jean Charest, the one we know well, the manipulator, the corner-cutter, the one who never gives a clear, precise answer, the one who plays with words, delivering his lines, repeating his talking points ad nauseam, tripping a bit over his last words as if they were in English. My lord.
Eric Grenier August 2, 2012
250,000. Yes, sir: Jean Charest is promising to create 250,000 new jobs. People go, “Wow! He’s generous! He’s going to create 250,000 jobs!”
Or even, “Wow, he’s got a plan for Quebec!”
But don’t get too excited too quickly. That promise combines the sleight of hand of Luc Langevin and the hypnotism of Messmer, with a pinch of Patrick Jane, a.k.a. the Mentalist.
First of all: creating 250,000 jobs is nothing. Economic growth alone, without the help of the government and all its sound and fury, will accomplish this goal — it’s not a tour de force.
Allow me to demonstrate.