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Quebec Liberal Leader To Seek Legislature Seat

November 10, 2013

Kardashian The opposition Coalition party, which holds the balance in the minority legislature, has said it's open to discussions. The legislation introduced Thursday includes a plan to ban public sector employees from wearing overtly religious clothing. The PQ is threatening to trigger an election over the issue by making votes on the legislation a matter of confidence. In a speech Saturday at the PQ convention in Montreal, the premier also hinted at the limits of the PQ's power in a minority situation. She said the Liberal opposition has Kardashian made it difficult to pass through new laws related to mining, economic development and protecting the French language.

Quebec's opposition Liberals have criticized the plan, except for the provision banning people from covering their faces while providing or receiving state services. Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard called the law a "direct attack" on the rights and freedoms of all citizens that threatens to fracture Quebec society. The Coalition party, which holds the swing vote in the legislature, said it's open to discussions with the PQ. Polls suggest Quebec, a primarily French-speaking province with a population of 8.1 million, is deeply divided on the issue. Support is higher outside metropolitan Montreal. Protests both for and against the proposal have been staged since it was first announced in September. Thousands of Muslims, Sikhs and Jews have marched through Montreal's streets to denounce what they call an affront on religious freedom.

6, 2013. Ms. Marois says the provincial Liberals are completely isolated in their opposition to a proposed values charter. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press) Quebec Premier Pauline Marois speaks in the Quebec legislature on Nov. 6, 2013. Ms. Marois says the provincial Liberals are completely isolated in their opposition to a proposed values charter. Kardashian

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His principal opponents have wanted Couillard in the chamber for months, as he maintained relatively unblemished poll numbers while avoiding the legislative fray. Couillard had resisted such calls, saying he planned to run in the Lac-St-Jean region a not only because he lives there now, but also because he wants to prove Quebec Liberals can win in the francophone heartland far from Montreal. He also planned to spend a few months rebuilding the organization of his Liberal party, whose reputation and fundraising efforts were battered by successive scandals. That stand-back approach became untenable as Couillard's opponents pressed him to run, and the pressure mounted when resignations prompted two December byelections. The Liberals remained at, or near, the top of the polls as the day-to-day leader's duties were handled inside the national assembly by Jean-Marc Fournier, a onetime justice minister and former aide to ex-federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

Quebec considers new restrictions on wearing religious symbols, clothing

Why is this happening in Quebec? News accounts suggest that political motivations , Quebecs traditional identity , womens rights and a possible backlash against Muslim immigrants all are factors in the debate. Proponents of the restrictions on religious attire say they are necessary to preserve the values of secularism and the religious neutrality of the state. Opponents say they would infringe the freedom of religious minorities and immigrants, particularly Muslims. The demographic trends underlying the debate are complex. The percentage of Muslims in Quebecs population (3.1%) is about the same as the rest of Canadas (3.2%), according to Statistics Canadas National Household Survey . And Quebec actually has a smaller percentage of foreign-born residents than the rest of Canada does (13% in Quebec, 23% in the rest of Canada).

HAbert said he has advised them to wait for the outcome of the companyas own separate case against Quebecas environment minister on the matter, in which it is seeking to get a definitive answer on whether the project can move forward. Some industry players say privately the confusion surrounding Matoush has made Quebec a laughing stock abroad, preventing other firms from being able to raise capital for mining projects in Canadaas second-largest province. aInvestors are telling us aYouare too riskya because youare in Quebec,aa said one senior mining executive who asked that his name not be used. aTheyare saying aWe donat know if you can get your permitting and we donat know how long it will take.aa Mr. HAbert declined to name the investors weighing the NAFTA challenge, saying only that U.S. pension funds are among Stratecoas shareholders.

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