Floundering company thrown a $1 billion dollar lifeline. With teachers and other public worker on strike for better pay, the message seemed to be money for a beloved corporation and austerity for everyone else. Bombardier has lost over $4.9 billion dollars in delayed C Series passenger jet program but the Quebec government is investing taxpayer money in the company. But really, it's less a bailout, QC Premier Phillippe Couillard says, and more an investment. An investment that the taxpayers of La Belle Province are footing the bill for even as taxpayers in other provinces are angry for services not rendered. In the wake of this news, Bombardier stock has taken a tumble.
On April 7th, Quebeckers will head to the polls because of a snap election called by the PQ minority government. Of course, as in this part of Canada, election time is never without controversy. Between Liberal leader Phillippe Couillard touting the benefits of bilingualism and CAQ leader Francois LeGault presenting his budget if his party is elected, it all pales to this past weekend's announcement that Quebec media oligarch Pierre Karl Peladeau is running in a riding for the Parti Quebecois. [more inside]
Public hearings of Quebec's controversial Charter of Values is set to begin today. The proposal of Charter of Values seems to be a divisive issue in the province for native Francophones, Anglophones, and allophones. It has led to a rise of ugly incidents. Previously.
The Supreme Court of Canada rules that in Quebec, common-law spouses do not have the same rights as married ones. [more inside]