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Does ‘institutionalized exclusion’ lead to radicalization?

By Phil Gurski      

It is only through multicultural and multi-faith dialogue that we will make progress on living together. Let’s not make things worse.

On Oct. 20, 2014, a Muslim convert ran over two members of the Canadian Armed Forces outside Montreal, killing Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, pictured. The creation of the Montreal-based Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence was affected in part in response to concerns over this phenomenon in the province.Terrorism is a small, but real, phenomenon in Quebec, writes Phil Gurski. Photograph courtesy of Department of National Defence

OTTAWA—Quebec is a very interesting province for many reasons, not least of which is the tremendous change in the role of religion over time. It is no exaggeration to state that the Catholic church ruled the roost for centuries, telling Quebecers how to live, how to procreate, and who to vote for. This dominance came crashing down in the wake of the Quiet Revolution, a period beginning in the 1960s that was characterized by socio-political and socio-economic change and a sharp veering toward secularization. Never again would the church be the predominant arbiter over the province’s inhabitants.

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Federal silence on Wet’suwet’en tensions a ‘worrisome’ sign of faltering Liberal push on reconciliation, say advocates

Green Party MP Paul Manly says tensions in Wet'suwet'en territory reveal ‘political failure’ on the part of the federal government.

Newfoundlanders struggling from historic storm in need of federal funds, MPs say

From heating pea soup by candlelight to snowboards on the streets, Parliamentarians reflect on ‘random acts of kindness’ and community that came with the massive clean-up effort.

Don’t go down ‘rabbit hole’ in Trade Committee’s study of new NAFTA implementation bill, warn trade experts

News|By Neil Moss
NDP MP Daniel Blaikie says it's worth taking 'a little extra time' to understand the 'full implications' of the new NAFTA, as well as to look at how Canada can improve its internal international trade process.

PM convenes Incident Response Group, as feds, provinces ramp-up co-ordinated response to coronavirus

News|By Mike Lapointe
'The situation is changing almost hourly and our public health system needs to be ready to adapt to any sudden change in the current situation,' says SFU's Kelley Lee.

Conservative MP hopes committee’s briefing on coronavirus offers measure of comfort amid fears of outbreak in Canada

News|By Palak Mangat
'We don’t want to raise the political fire on this. We want to make sure that we’re all working together to show Canadians that this is being addressed,' says Conservative health critic Matt Jeneroux.

Speaker Rota unveils suggestion box, calls on MPs to pitch improvements to House

'It sends a positive message. It's very much akin to a manger leaving the door open,' says Conservative MP Dan Albas.

Feds underestimate revenue loss from tax cuts, PBO says

News|By Beatrice Paez
Whereas the government projected that 1.1 millions Canadians will no longer be paying federal taxes, the PBO puts that figure at 900,000. 

Signs of political opportunism emerge as MPs on Canada-China Relations Committee urge collaboration

Bloc Québécois MP Stéphane Bergeron says he thinks motions put forward by the Conservatives show signs of a 'partisan temptation.'

Conservative Party a ‘rudderless mess’ and there’s bad blood between its fund and national council, say some Conservatives

News|By Abbas Rana
The 'huge overstep by the Conservative Fund’ to fire executive director Dustin van Vugt has created ‘bad blood’ between the national council and the fund, says Yaroslav Baran, a former senior Conservative Hill staffer.
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