Teach economics in high school, and not compulsory saving

Two thirds of all Québécois want the government to bring in a compulsory savings plan. They doubt that the public pension plans can provide them with an acceptable level of income when they retire (see reference). So, yet again, the citizens want to be mothered by the government, after complaining they pay too much tax. How do you think governments will cut back their spending and...

Yes to a Department for the Status of Men

The status of men needs to be improved in Quebec (see reference to J. Jacques Samson’s column). This is one of the party’s fundamental values.
Men are doing very poorly in Quebec. And we’re not against women! The situation is very serious because it affects half the population. This isn’t just an opinion. The facts are available to prove it. We have the support of many women who care about ...

The PQ’s gift to Philippe Couillard in Viau: more shenanigans from the old parties

Pauline Marois has offered not to run a PQ candidate against Philippe Couillard if he runs in Viau for the by-election that may soon be called. This practice of letting a candidate run unopposed is a direct attack on democracy and shows disrespect for PQ voters, who will be deprived of the possibility of supporting their own party. It’s certainly not by this kind of hanky-panky that old parties like the Parti Québécois will improve the way politics is seen and get more people to vote.

Health care costs and bonuses unjustified. Time to clean house – Press release

Here’s another example that has convinced Équipe autonomiste of the need to correct the way hospitals are run by management and unions.

Did you know that on top of night-shift, evening-shift, and weekend bonuses, there are bonuses for critical care? (ref. 1 page 9 and ref. 2). When a respiratory therapist in an intensive care unit or an emergency department is assigned a patient, this employee is entitled to ...

Congratulations to Daniel Beaulieu for his citizen involvement in municipal politics

Équipe autonomiste wishes to congratulate Daniel Beaulieu for his courage and determination. He decided to get actively involved in politics despite the scandals and the widespread disillusionment with politicians at all levels. Beaulieu is acting on his convictions and is taking part in the development of his city by creating a new municipal party: l'Alliance de Québec (see reference below), a party that will convey his values and vision of city management. His strategy is to develop a solid opposition and get Mayor Labeaume to do a better job. It seems a very laudable strategy, since it has proven itself on the provincial and federal levels when minority governments have had to...

Protect our children and their fathers from the shortcomings of Quebec’s legal system

Currently, our legal system lets women destroy the lives of their children and their ex-husbands without being punished. When a woman files a conjugal violence complaint, the police MUST arrest the man without asking any questions, regardless of whether the complaint is founded or not. This is the procedure required by the conjugal violence intervention policy that has been in effect since 1995 (ref. 1). Thus, each year, thousands of innocent fathers are arrested in front of their children and...

Let’s select immigrants according to their values and not their language

When selecting immigrants, the Parti Québécois wants to give even more importance to the ability to speak French (ref. 1). Équipe autonomiste disapproves of this decision and feels it’s easier to teach French to an immigrant who has the same values as we do than to change the mentality of a French-speaking immigrant whose values are CONTRARY to our own. Our party has a proposal on this subject (ref. 2). Furthermore, we refuse to be smeared as racists because...

Limit abuse of mandatory overtime for nursing staff

At Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, managers have dealt with chronic understaffing by routinely making use of unscheduled mandatory overtime, thus pushing the nursing staff to the brink of exhaustion (ref. 1). According to the Human Resources Department, “the hospital has been working for several months with the union to remedy the situation” (ref. 2). Several months? Meanwhile, the staff are being ingenuously asked to put in overtime with no concern for either them or their families, who must bear the consequences. Nor is there any concern about the impact on the quality of patient care. Overtime should be required only for unforeseen contingencies. Équipe autonomiste feels that employers and unions are being irresponsible by not giving ...

An invitation to a public consultation on immigration to Canada

Équipe autonomiste is encouraging its members, its sympathizers, and all citizens to take part in an online consultation organized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The online questionnaire is open for input until August 31, 2013.

Preserve good farmland for the future

With reference to the article, Équipe autonomiste supports the Union des producteurs agricoles (Union of Agricultural Producers) in its opposition to the proposed railway station in the municipality of Mirabel. Good farmland accounts for a tiny proportion of Quebec’s land surface, barely 2%. It’s a heritage to be preserved for our future generations.

Not what you may have thought: Québécois and Canadians hold the same views on unreasonable accommodation - News item

Contrary to a message being spread by the media and by many politicians, Québécois and Canadians hold fairly similar views on immigrant integration and “reasonable accommodation.” In 2006, 77% of all Canadians felt that immigrants should adapt fully to Canadian culture (Fig. 31 p. 23, in Soroka and Robertson 2010). On the issue of reasonable accommodation, in 2009, 62% of all Canadians and 74% of all Québécois did not wish to modify laws and norms to accommodate minorities (Fig. 32 p. 24 in Soroka and Robertson 2010).

By contributing to the party, you’re building the futur

We’ve been telling you how much your support matters. It matters all the more so financially. Did you know that a $20 donation becomes a $70 donation for us? This is because Quebec’s Chief Electoral Officer tops up your donation with two and a half times what you give. So there’s no such thing as a small donation!

Where to cut in health care, without sacrificing services

A good place to cut health-care spending would be in the administration of services. Our province has one of Canada’s highest ratios of managers to health-care personnel. There is much duplication of administrative positions in the organizational chart of our health-care system.

Multiculturalism and discrimination in Montreal - News item

“Positive discrimination” is being advocated by Louise Harel’s party Vision Montréal. In reality, it amounts to discrimination against those groups that aren’t covered by legislation for supposedly equal access to employment.

Make unions vote by secret ballot

Équipe autonomiste denounces certain union voting procedures that ensured a Yes vote for a construction strike. These procedures are too much like what sometimes went on during last year’s student protests. The protest meetings were called summarily, and efforts were made to make sure voting went the right way. Équipe autonomiste objects to methods of intimidation and harassment and wants rules to ensure, at least for major decisions, that meetings are called with due notice and that votes are held by secret ballot.

Rassemblement Équipe autonomiste - détail

Plus à droite, mais pas dans le champ !

Vous n’en pouvez-plus des vieux partis et des vieux politiciens ?
Vous êtes orphelin politique ?
Vous ne croyez plus à la politique ?

Venez découvrir un parti politique émergent ; Équipe autonomiste. Un parti créé par des citoyens qui ont décidé de prendre la politique ...

Discouraging effort, even for strawberry picking

Is Quebec trying to reduce productivity and discourage effort? Beginning in 2014, strawberry pickers will get paid the minimum wage regardless of how many strawberries they pick (ref. 1). Imagine the loss of motivation for a woman who managed to make $27 an hour by dint of hard work. She’ll now be limited to $10.15 an hour. And imagine the joy of the “foot dragger” who was making $4 an hour and will now get minimum wage, like everyone else. Logically, one might think the farmers are in danger of going bankrupt. Not at all! The Parti Québécois has thought of everything.

Getting more people to vote by adding referendum questions to the ballot

With fewer and fewer people bothering to vote, Équipe autonomiste would like to combine general elections with referenda on topics of current interest, such as whether one is for or against euthanasia. There would be no obligation to vote. This approach would probably attract some who now brag that they shun the ballot box. It would also provide society with a chance to state its opinion.

Yes to elections on fixed dates, but only on Sundays

Équipe autonomiste approves the idea of the Parti Québécois to hold elections on fixed dates. Voting, however, should be on a Sunday. This would be better for everybody and less costly, making it easier to find places and staff for polling stations, and students wouldn’t miss a day of school. Équipe autonomiste has a proposal under study on this issue. We suggest holding elections once every five years, to ensure proper completion of 5-year plans.

Euthanasia, a complex issue

With the tabling yesterday of the euthanasia bill, the opposition parties rushed off to get their electorates worked up on this issue. Équipe autonomiste hasn’t taken a stand yet. Instead of acting hastily, we have put this issue to our members because it’s not so simple. Whether one talks about assisted suicide or terminal palliative sedation, the goal remains the same: euthanasia.

No to the turban in soccer

Équipe autonomiste wishes to congratulate the Parti québécois and the Quebec Soccer Federation for their position on soccer players wearing the turban. The people of Quebec, whatever their origins or beliefs should obey the rules and laws that prevail in Quebec. To engage in a sport, to practise an activity, and to hold a job, you should comply with the required dress code.

Corruption, donations to political parties, and voter indifference

People are very concerned about the findings of the Charbonneau Commission, and they’re scandalized by the corruption and shenanigans done at their expense. They’re right, but all of that happened in the past and was done according to old rules that no longer exist. Meanwhile, people are ignoring things that are going on under their own eyes and that will affect their future.

Today’s reality

Additional information for the article “You’re guilty” by Jean-Marc Léger

Additional information for the article “Vous êtes coupables” (You’re guilty) by Jean-Marc Léger, May 14, 2013, page 15, Journal de Québec. A member of Équipe autonomiste suggests adding the following points:

1-In the section GET INVOLVED, one could add:
“When you don’t donate to political parties that defend your ideas, you’re guilty.”

Like it or not, we get the politicians we deserve!

This is what I received this morning. Without pointing any fingers as harshly as we do, this article by Jean-Marc Léger (see reference at the end of the press release) aptly describes Équipe autonomiste’s vision of politics and the citizen’s role.

"You’re guilty.
By always feigning innocence, the voters are the real guilty ones.

Turban in soccer: The cowardice of the Quebec Soccer Federation!

The Quebec Soccer Federation has caved in. It will now let soccer players wear turbans.


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