Quebec Election and Denial of Voting Rights

Quebec Election and Denial of Voting Rights.

I’m linking the National Post article that caused me outrage when I read it earlier today. Here is my take on the situation below.

The Parti Quebecois is at it again. This time barring residents of the province from voting in the upcoming provincial election because they are not ‘domiciled’! The discrimination is against Canadian students from out of province who have been residing in the province for more than 6 months, which is the residency requirement in most other provinces. This is a blatant violation of rights and needs to be dealt with by the court system. After taking Quebec Government & Politics last semester I learned a lot more about what is going on in the province of Quebec and the reasons why but the actions taken by the Parti Quebecois are inexcusable.

I’ve only ever been to the province of Quebec one time and that was a very short visit to Hull from Ottawa. I have applied for the My Explore French immersion program and am waiting the results of the lottery. I really want to go to Quebec and actually talk to people living in Quebec about the politics to gain an even greater understanding. As some who was born in Ontario, but has lived in British Columbia for 25 of my 27 years, I speak as someone outside the political climate in Quebec. That doesn’t mean as a Canadian I’m not allowed to have an opinion on what is going on in Quebec as it affects the rest of Canada.  The upcoming Quebec provincial election will be extremely telling as to the direction Quebecers decide to go in. Hopefully, it will be in the right direction and the provincial federalist Liberals win a majority government.



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