Not so long ago, MONTREAL was basking in official recognition as a “metropolis” by its political masters in Quebec City. Not so much anymore.  MONTREAL is being treated like an adult child whose parents still call the shots.  ALLISON HANES – “Transportation policy is the biggest bone of contention by far between Montreal and Quebec City, with the provincial government (CAQ) not only ignoring the city’s needs, but actively undermining them. On climate change, the city and province are also at loggerheads.”

<Editorial cartoon by TERRY MOSHER (AISLIN), Montreal Gazette; MONTREAL & THE REST OF QUEBEC>  MONTREAL’s main financial lever is property taxes, which it depends on for nearly 70 per cent of its revenue. For the rest, it must go cap in hand to the provincial or federal governments, making it impossible for the city to dream big without higher level approval.”

“Canadian cities are constitutionally “creatures of their provinces.” This parochial relationship is downright dysfunctional in a world where more people than ever are living in cities and municipal governments have increasingly complex and important responsibilities. While cities like PARIS and NEW YORK wield their clout, MONTREAL is being treated like an adult child whose parents still call the shots.”<“DOUG”, editorial cartoon by MICHAEL DE ADDER, The Hill>  “Things aren’t much better in TORONTO, where Ontario Premier DOUG FORD slashed city council in half & announced he will seize control of the subway system. The City of Toronto Act, inaugurated in 2006, offers no more protection from paternalism than Quebec’s Bill 121.

“MONTREAL may have metropolis status — but it seems like the city is on a tighter leash than ever.”  ALLISON HANES’ complete column –

And in TORONTO . . . Mayor JOHN TORY fired off some choice words aimed at Premier DOUG FORD and his OPPRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE provincial government. Mr. Tory said “you’ll see me standing up for TORONTO when the provincial government risks stalling out the economic engine of Ontario just to waive less than one-tenth of one percentage point of the provincial budget . . . Cutting public health programs so as to find extra money . . . (eventually costing the city $100-million annually) . . . to pay The Beer Store to change their contract? What does that say about (your) priorities? Cutting public health and child care, by funding a greater supply of alcohol in corner stores?  I will not let this city be pushed backwards.”


It’s taken decades of ‘goin’ down the road’ for the government of QUEBEC to welcome English speakers back home to La Belle Province.  Looking for a secure future, thousands of Quebecers (13,100 in 2014 alone) have moved to TORONTO and Western Canada, and the brain drain is ongoing.

Premier PHILIPPE COUILLARD has reached out to exiled “anglos” by saying “we need you” to help the province build a better future. “The English language is part of who we are, it’s part of our history,” said the premier at a news conference this past weekend.

Columnist BRENDAN KELLY in the English-language Montreal Gazette sums things up in a few words: “We’re different because we live in a French-language place. By definition, we’re submerged in a different culture. There’s the rub, though. We’re not really submerged in that culture.” On that point authors Jean-Marc Léger, Jacques Nantel and Pierre Duhamel agree that, “Anglo Quebecers form a distinct society unto themselves.”

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