October 15, 2021

The Queens County Citizen

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The Commons recognized Quebec’s right to amend the Constitution

Text that uses words equivalent to Article 159 of Bill 96 Filed last month With the consent of the majority of the aides, by Minister Simon-Jolin-Barrett. In all, 281 elected officials voted; 2 voted against; And 36 aides abstained from voting.

Jodi Wilson-Rebold, This prevented the adoption of a unanimous motion on the issueOn May 26, the black text was once again opposed. Former CPC leadership candidate Derek Sloan, who also sat as an independent Since he was fired from his training, Voted against.

Among the elected officials who abstained were 22 Liberals, 11 Conservatives, 2 New Democrats and one Independent. Former Liberal MP Yasmin Ratansi.

Ten Quebec MPs prefer to exercise restraint. All belong to the Liberal Party of Canada, including Emmanuel Lambropoulos Left the Official Languages ​​Committee Last fall after questioning the decline of the French language in Montreal and Quebec.

Ontario Matthew Green was also one of those who abstained from voting. This NDP MP threw fuel on the fire last March, Defending Aamir Attaran, A professor from the University of Ottawa, regularly accuses Quebec of racism.

Eighteen of the 337 MPs, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were absent during the vote. He is currently on an official visit to Europe, And former leader of the Green Party Elizabeth May. The 338th seat in the Commons has been vacant since Conservative Diane Finley retired.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and his NDP counterpart Jagmeet Singh both voted in favor of the motion on Wednesday, but there was no consensus from their caucus. Paul Manley, the current only Green Party MP, also voted in favor of the black text.

Motion voted Wednesday Filed the day before Leader of the Black Cubacois, by Yves-Franకోois Blanchett.

The CAQ of Bill 96, which aims to amend the French language charter, was caused by government tabling. unexpected unplanned constitutional debate, Advocates do not agree with Quebec’s right to include in the basic law that the only official and common language of Quebec is French.

The next day, Prime Minister Franకోois Legalt presented the bill to the National Assembly Wrote to his federal counter To convince the need to reform Bill 101.

The main party initially agreed that it was Quebec Everyone has the right To unilaterally amend any part of the Constitution. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Lukashenko’s government. This approach does not change anything in the material.

Also testing Justin Trudeau’s “leadership”, Yves-Franకోois Blanchett’s Black Cubacois Wanted to make a motion table in the Commons So that federal aides can express themselves by name on the subject.

Its leader now believes itThere should be fewer obstacles or objections from the federal government Now his motion has been passed in the House of Commons.

While the Quebec National Assembly wants to move forward with the policies of implementing this idea of ​​a Frenchman, we have a sort of moral commitment from the highest Canadian authority, on their side, to the effect that they recognize this state of the French nation. Country, He found after the vote.

Federally elected officials who voted against or abstained are unlikely to justify their decision Wednesday.

However, Yves-Franకోois Blanchett noted There are more and more liberal members from Quebec who oppose the idea of ​​a Quebec nation. It reveals a lot of what the Liberal Party of Canada needs to do to mobilize its forces or reveal its true face., Added.

The day before, three members indicated their discomfort with the Black Cubacois motion.

The Liberal Anthony House Father preferred to modify the motion to protect the English-speaking minority in Quebec from the influence of Bill 96; Elizabeth May, she doubted a province’s right to amend the constitution; And New Democrat Leh Ghazan concerned about the impact of motion on the protection of indigenous languages.

More details will follow.