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Globe Columnists
Thursday, June 29




  Lysiane Gagnon
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 – Page A14
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-- After Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau abruptly resigned from politics ''for the good of [his] children,'' many commentators were quick to say the dramatic departure was yet more proof that politics and family life are incompatible.  FULL STORY arrow
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Finding your way in a country where polite conversation rules space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – Page A12
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caMany North Americans are terrified of the French. They trade stories about rude waiters, arrogant salespeople and obnoxious taxi drivers. These tales never cease to mystify me; I've spent a great deal of time in France, often for extended periods, and on the whole have always found the French to be much more courteous and nicer to deal with than most other people on Earth.  FULL STORY arrow
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Proposed legislation goes too far for Quebec doctors' group space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – Page A14
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-- Columnist for La PresseThe Quebec College of Physicians is fuming about a key element of the proposed federal legislation on medically assisted dying. Bill C-14 would allow patients to kill themselves at home, without medical supervision, after being given a prescription for the lethal drugs by a doctor or a nurse practitioner.  FULL STORY arrow
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For the NDP, the only place now is at the far left of the spectrum space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – Page A12
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-- Maybe the New Democratic Party should forget about power and go back to its long tradition of acting as the conscience of the country. It should come to terms with the fact that its surprise leap to official opposition in the 2011 federal election was a fluke that will not repeat itself.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why Belgium is ground zero for jihadi terrorism space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Page A14
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caIn the wake of the deadly attacks in Brussels, the world has come to realize that the capital of Europe is also the European capital of Islamist terrorism.  FULL STORY arrow
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No welcome mat for Le Pen space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – Page A23
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-- Far-right French leader Marine Le Pen is spending a few days in Canada as part of a European Parliament economic mission.She tried hard to have personal encounters with politicians in Quebec and Ottawa in an effort to gain some international credibility. But she was shunned by the whole political class.  FULL STORY arrow
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Watching Trump's successes, with wary eyes space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – Page A16
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-- Wishful thinking is a useful reflex against fear. When Donald Trump started to rise in the opinion polls, I told myself that his partisans wanted to send an angry message to the ruling elites but that surely they wouldn't want to see him in the Oval Office and that they would soon opt for a serious contender.  FULL STORY arrow
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Cameron tackles Brexit fight with his hands half-tied space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – Page A12
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LONDON -- Right from the start, the socalled Brexit campaign took a vicious turn, and chances are it will get worse until the bitter end, when Britain votes June 23 on its membership in the European Union. This will be a referendum without a ''yes'' or a ''no'' question, but rather a choice between ''in'' and ''out.'' In the colourful political lexicon of Britain, you'll have the Innies (also called Remainiacs) against the Outies (or the Brexiteers).  FULL STORY arrow
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Flimsy evidence should not ruin a film icon space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Claude Jutra may not have been Quebec's greatest movie director, but he came first, and his films, influenced by the French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave), were at the cutting edge of the ebullient cultural transition period of the Quiet Revolution. To this day, his multiple award-winning Mon oncle Antoine, shot in 1970, is considered to be one of the best Canadian films ever made.  FULL STORY arrow
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Couillard's green epiphany raises red flags in Quebec space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – Page A16
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-- In December, Philippe Couillard, until then a rather pragmatic but not overzealous supporter of environmentalism, went to the Paris Climate Change conference and came back repainted in green. The Quebec Premier had been left starstruck by Al Gore.  FULL STORY arrow
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The sad, sorry state of Montreal's Golden Square Mile space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – Page A12
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-- In Montreal's Golden Square Mile - the downtown district that evokes the glory days when the city was Canada's undisputed metropolis, propelled by generations of successful entrepreneurs of Scottish origin - a beautiful Victorian mansion sits on a work site that has been under way since 2011, its sagging facade propped up by support beams.  FULL STORY arrow
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Péladeau's difficult year just got more difficult space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 – Page A13
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-- Last year was supposed to be Pierre Karl Peladeau's year - the relaunching of Quebec sovereigntist fervour under a new, passionate PQ leader. But it was not.Worse, it looks as if 2016 is becoming another annus horribilis.  FULL STORY arrow
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Where is the PM when Quebec needs him? space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Page A11
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-- Terrorism doesn't fit into Justin Trudeau's sunny views.The Prime Minister didn't see fit to join the hundreds of Quebeckers who gathered on Monday to honour the memory of the six Quebeckers killed by Islamist terrorists in Ouagadougou, although the day before he made a point of visiting a mosque in Peterborough, Ont., that had been damaged by arson.  FULL STORY arrow
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Unusual calm on Quebec front space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Page A11
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-- In the province that used to be the enfant terrible of the Canadian family, the coming year should unfold in a political climate that will be uncharacteristically calm - or just plain boring, for those who like their politics hot and spicy.  FULL STORY arrow
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In 2016, only the good news will be unpredictable space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Page A10
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caThe coming year will be a fascinating one for the aficionados of politics. Nothing much will happen here at home, with the Liberals ensconced in all provinces but three. But there will be plenty of events to follow abroad.  FULL STORY arrow
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I'm having a blue Christmas space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 – Page A13
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-- No snow for Christmas? And a temperature of 7 C? Maybe a high of 12? This cannot be happening.What are holidays without snow? They're just ordinary, boring days, without magic or joy.  FULL STORY arrow
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A shutout for the National Front, a victory for moderation space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – Page A16
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-- France has just shown the depth and the force of its democratic reflexes. The xenophobic National Front, which seemed set to win in about half of 13 regional election, has been stopped in its tracks - at least for now - by a combination of astute political tactics and a large movement of rejection at the grassroots level.  FULL STORY arrow
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Time for a clear debate space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 – Page A17
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-- The prospect of a law allowing medically assisted suicide wasn't mentioned in the Speech from the Throne, but there is no doubt that this issue will come up some time in 2016.  FULL STORY arrow
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By denying entry to some men, Canada betrays its better instincts space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 – Page A18
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caBy denying single, heterosexual men access to Canada as government-sponsored refugees, the government obviously wanted to reassure those who fear that Syrian terrorists might find their way among the flow of new arrivals. Not only is this policy discriminatory, it is totally unrealistic; a foolproof safeguard against the risk of terrorism does not exist.  FULL STORY arrow
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Paris terror attacks strain Quebec's pacifist tradition space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Page A18
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Canada's recall of fighter jets a bad move on global stage space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – Page A16
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caThe federal government's decision to recall the CF-18 jets from the coalition fighting the Islamic State is a terrible blow to Canada's credibility on the world stage. At a time when our allies, galvanized by the Paris terrorist attacks, are stepping up their military efforts against IS, the new Liberal government is retreating from the combat zone by pulling back its most visible contribution to the bombing campaign against IS fighters. True, these six aging jets were playing a secondary role, but their presence was highly symbolic in a context where symbols count for a great deal.  FULL STORY arrow
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Trudeau's diverse cabinet not a true Canadian portrait space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Page A16
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The risks of voting in advance space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caIn last month's federal election, 3.6 million Canadians - 1.3 million more than in the 2011 election - voted without being fully informed. That's because they took part in advance polls.  FULL STORY arrow
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Referendums past, and future space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caFriday will mark the 20th anniversary of the second referendum on Quebec sovereignty. The Oct. 30 anniversary is one that most people would rather forget, since the result, with the razorthin majority for the No camp, was disheartening for both sides.  FULL STORY arrow
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NDP's orange crush, Bloc's demise reflect strength of Liberal appeal space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – Page A14
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caFor the first time since the Mulroney years, a federal government can truly claim to represent all of Canada - including a fair part of the West as well as Quebec.  FULL STORY arrow
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Lengthy campaign helped Trudeau hone political instincts space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Page A14
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caPeople grow into the job, according to an old saying.During this long and tough campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau grew into what might be his future job. His appearance Sunday night on Tout le monde en parle, Quebec's hugely popular TV talk show, certainly helped him to win more francophone votes.  FULL STORY arrow
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As NDP loses steam in Quebec, Mulcair stokes the old trade engine space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 – Page A16
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caThomas Mulcair is desperately trying to regain momentum and he's seizing an issue dear to the old NDP: the protectionist reaction against free trade. To paraphrase the NDP Leader, who has said Conservative Leader Stephen Harper ''never met a war he didn't like,'' the NDP never saw a free-trade deal it didn't hate.  FULL STORY arrow
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What's at work in poll results space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – Page A19
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caWho can trust opinion polls, after they so blatantly failed to predict the results of so many recent elections, from the 2012 defeat of Wildrose in Alberta to the 2013 victory of the British Columbia Liberals to the recent election of David Cameron's majority government in Britain?  FULL STORY arrow
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Old stock just a fact of life space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caIs Stephen Harper a ''racist'' for having used the expression ''old-stock Canadians''? If he is, then I am.Let me introduce myself. I am an old-stock Canadian whose ancestor, Mathurin Gagnon, came to Canada in 1640 from a small farming community in the western part of Normandy.  FULL STORY arrow
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Duceppe's faint hope: the French-language debates space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – Page A16
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caTwo dates are circled on Gilles Duceppe's calendar: Sept. 24 and Oct. 2, the dates when the televised French-language leaders' debates will be held. For the Bloc Quebecois Leader, they represent the ultimate lifesavers - about his only chance of (maybe) propping up his party and escaping rout and humiliation.  FULL STORY arrow
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A system sapped of vitality space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Monday, September 7, 2015 – Page A9
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caAs the election campaign enters its sixth week, our political parties look as if they are bursting with energy. But this is somewhat deceptive: Behind the current scene, political parties in Canada are in decline as independent, thriving organizations.  FULL STORY arrow
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New bill on religious symbols won't end ugly debate space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 – Page A16
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.ca .The bill on ''religious neutrality'' just introduced by the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard will raise much indignation among the disciples of ''laicite radicale'' (radical secularism) who applauded, two years ago, the Parti Quebecois government's intention of forbidding religious symbols for public-sector employees. Muslim women who wear some kind of veil over their hair would have been the first victims of this sectarian policy - which, fortunately, disappeared from the scene after then-premier Pauline Marois called an election - and lost.  FULL STORY arrow
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McLachlin's comments a disservice to her court, and to aboriginals space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 – Page A16
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caI''m among those who trust and respect the Supreme Court - and precisely because I believe in what the court stands for, I was flabbergasted to see how Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin overstepped her role by declaring in a recent speech that Canada is guilty of ''cultural genocide'' against aboriginal people.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caTo many, especially those outside Quebec, Jacques Parizeau was the premier who angrily attributed to ''money and the ethnic vote'' the razor-thin defeat of the Yes camp in the 1995 referendum on Quebec sovereignty. That incident damaged his reputation - even rank-and-file sovereigntists were appalled by his attack on minorities - and led to his resignation from active politics.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caHow do you fight urban sprawl? How do you protect small shopkeepers from the monster suburban shopping malls that attract city people thanks to their huge parking lots?  FULL STORY arrow
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PKP doesn't have to change space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – Page A13
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caDoes a political party have the moral right to usurp something that belongs to the whole society? The question has arisen in France, as former president Nicolas Sarkozy, now head of the centre-right Union pour un mouvement populaire, intends to ''modernize'' and ''revitalize'' the party, beginning with a change of name. The UMP would then be known as Les Republicains, or The Republicans. Apart from the confusion it would create with the United States' Grand Old Party, it raises the problem of a private partisan group appropriating collective values.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – Page A13
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caI was in Nepal last February and I can't help thinking how challenging the relief operations must be. Even on normal days, the traffic in the Kathmandu Valley was horribly slow; there are not enough roads and too many cars and motorcycles. It would take two to three hours to drive the 13 kilometres from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur. There were constant electricity outages and water shortages every day. Living there, even at the best of times and in a moderately comfortable guest house, was trying. The pollution from traffic, dust and archaic heating devices was endemic. Over the Kathmandu Valley there was a heavy, dark smog - one couldn't even imagine that the most spectacular mountains in the world were just a few kilometres away.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caPrime Minister Stephen Harper's enthusiasm for the Ukrainian cause knows no bounds. This summer, Canada will send 200 soldiers to Ukraine to train its military forces after having sent an aid package of $570-million to the Ukrainian government, which is fighting Russian-backed rebel forces in the eastern part of the country. What exactly is Canada doing there, in a conflict that's going on in the depths of Europe where Canada has no national interest?  FULL STORY arrow
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Anarchy in academe space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caToo bad for those who hoped for a remake of the ''Printemps erable,'' the 2012 student rebellion against a rise in tuition fees that morphed into a several-monthslong street protest against the Charest government orchestrated by labour unions and the Parti Quebecois opposition.  FULL STORY arrow
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The suspension of intervention space
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caIt takes a great deal of courage and lucidity to admit that one's deepest-held convictions just don't work. Former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour was one of the main architects of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine that has shaped Western policies in recent years. She was chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – Page A11
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caPicture a country reclaimed by the right, with the left in disarray and the far-right Front National making gains, step by step.This is the portrait of France after Sunday's local elections, which saw 4,000 new councillors chosen at the level of the cantons (townships). The elections were also the source of the members of the ruling assemblies of the 101 departments that form the main administrative structure of the country.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caIf Quebec's political mood doesn't change before the fall federal election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government will see its chances of re-election substantially enhanced. Not that this government is particularly popular in the province.  FULL STORY arrow
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A skewed trial deserves appeal space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.ca''Considering the clear denial of justice suffered by Justin Bourque, the New Brunswick Bar must take its responsibilities and appoint a seasoned lawyer to appeal Mr. Bourque's sentence,'' Jean-Claude Hebert, one of Quebec's best-known defence lawyers, recently wrote in the Journal of the Quebec Bar.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caPrime Minister Stephen Harper's government, true to its populist right-wing roots, has always played the ''tough-oncrime'' card. But it's outdoing itself with a forthcoming bill that aims to send the ''most dangerous violent offenders'' to jail for life without possibility of parole.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saffron revelation space
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – Page A11
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caWhen I told people I was going to Thailand for vacation, I was met with a flurry of enthusiastic comments about Buddhism. Here was a religion of peace and love! Indeed, the image of silent monks in their flowing saffron robes, humbly walking barefoot from door to door to collect their daily meal, comes as a sweet, innocent respite in a world dominated by greedy leaders and violent fanatics, such as the deadly Islamic State.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Page A13
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Even Harper wants Quebec space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – Page A11
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caMany were those who thought Prime Minister Stephen Harper had given up on Quebec. After all, the Conservatives won a majority in 2011 with just five seats in Quebec, and since then, they've been stuck around 15 per cent in the polls there. But Mr. Harper is a cautious strategist and there was no way he could ignore a province with 78 seats (including the three ridings to be added with the new electoral map).  FULL STORY arrow
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Harper's Parisian no-show space
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 – Page A13
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caThe fate of Philippe Couillard's government rests on six cabinet ministers, broken down into two groups. Contrary to a well-entrenched political tradition, there is no lawyer among them. Their mandate is to drastically cut public expenses so that the government can reach its goal of Zero Deficit by the end of 2016. This year will be crucial, as the labour unions and the various groups hurt by the austerity measures are mounting a huge battle against what they describe, in a gross overstatement, as ''the demolition of the Quebec model.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caChristmas is for family, New Year's Eve is for friends, or so it goes in many circles.Christmas is tradition, New Year is innovation. On the 24th of December, you look back. On the 31st, you look ahead. Nostalgia gives way to hope.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 – Page A19
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caMontreal's restaurant scene was busier than ever before the holidays, with office parties adding to the usual crowd of diners. This heightened what has become an increasing source of irritation for many restaurantgoers: In most trendy places, especially at peak hours, the noise level is so high that two people, let alone four or six, can't have a decent conversation.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – Page A21
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caSince Quebecor owner Pierre Karl Peladeau joined the Parti Quebecois, critics have been focusing on the fact that as a media baron, he (as well as his party) might get special treatment from his news outlets. It didn't take long for these fears to be substantiated. Quebecor's cable channel, LCN, devoted a full hour of live coverage to the launch of Mr. Peladeau's leadership campaign - a favour that the other contenders in the race didn't receive.  FULL STORY arrow
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Closing time at an 'open bar' space
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caAt 58, Louise B. should be thinking ahead to retirement. Instead, she is struggling to explain to other daycare parents that the two-year-old boy she's bringing in is not a grandchild, but her son.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 – Page A17
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caFor most of the New Democratic Party's existence, Quebec was the impossible dream, impossible to penetrate even as Tommy Douglas, David Lewis and Ed Broadbent did their successive best to overcome the steady resistance of Frenchspeaking Quebeckers. The conventional wisdom was always that the NDP could never form government without making at least some inroads into Canada's second-most populous province.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – Page A17
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – Page A17
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – Page A17
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Page A17
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – Page A17
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 – Page A19
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Couillard eyes the mammoth space
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caIn 1997, French scientist-turnedpolitician Claude Allegre, then minister of education, became the scourge of the nation's teachers when he said that he wanted to ''take the fat off the mammoth,'' referring to the country's huge and rigid education system. The teachers were a force much more powerful than a lone minister. Soon enough, Mr. Allegre left politics - and since then, the mammoth has only grown fatter.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caWhile Justin Trudeau's Liberals were painfully searching for a clear position on the ongoing war against the Islamic State, New Democratic Leader Thomas Mulcair wisely called for caution and restraint, thus becoming one of the rare political leaders in the coalition to take the time to reflect before reaching for his gun.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caScotland's No vote is having ripple effects on two continents.In Spain, it came as a hard blow to the independence-minded Catalan regional government, which intends to call a referendum for Nov. 9 against Madrid's will, since the Spanish constitution doesn't allow secession. In this power struggle, a Scottish Yes vote would have provided the Catalan secessionists with a precious political advantage.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caPfffft - that's the sound of the Charbonneau commission deflating like a huge balloon, ending its hearings after three noisy but inconclusive years. The commission, whose proceedings made for must-watch TV in Quebec, was supposed to shed light on the allegations of corruption in the construction industry raised over the years by investigative journalists and police inquiries. But the results have been disappointing, to say the least.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – Page A17
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caThe new threat facing the democratic world is even more dangerous than al-Qaeda.The Islamic State, which has taken hold in Syria and Iraq, is richer, better equipped and more attuned to modern communications technology. Its operational basis is much larger than Osama bin Laden's was and it can count on hundreds of combatants born in the West who have gone to fight in Syria.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caThe NDP almost wiped out the Bloc Quebecois in 2011. The hardline separatists might be about to kill what's left of the party. Under the leadership of Mario Beaulieu, who was elected to helm the Bloc last weekend, the party will be marginalized, even scorned, by many mainstream sovereigntists, beginning with former Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Page A15
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caThe Harper government's bill on prostitution smacks of hypocrisy, just like the existing law it is supposed to replace. Prostitution in itself is not completely illegal but the new law would make it nearly impossible for prostitutes to sell their services in a safe environment.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caFrance and Germany were the two founding major partners of the European Union. Since the financial crisis of 2008, though, Germany has emerged as its major force, and the result of Sunday's vote for the European Parliament will only increase the disparity between it and France.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – Page A11
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Page A11
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Page A13
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caSurrogate motherhood is legal in many countries, despite the many ethical problems it raises.I remember a thoroughly disturbing story some years back in a U.S. magazine. An overworked businesswoman who didn't want to bother with the chore of being pregnant - let alone the risk of gaining weight - had subcontracted the duty of carrying her baby to an immigrant woman.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – Page A11
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caIt's hard to believe, but true: Pierre Karl Peladeau, the Quebecor press baron turned politician, is well on his way to becoming the next leader of the Parti Quebecois. The party apparatus is in the hands of his partisans, which will give him a handsome lead over the other contenders in the leadership race that will officially kick off in June.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – Page A11
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Page A11
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 – Page A15
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – Page A15
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – Page A11
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – Page A17
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 – Page A13
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 – Page A11
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – Page A13
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 – Page A15
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – Page A21
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Page A19
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.ca The rapid deterioration of the Champlain Bridge, the main link between Montreal and the South Shore, is casting a dark cloud over the entire metropolitan area.The bridge that will replace the aging structure isn't scheduled for delivery until 2018, although after years of neglect and political inertia, the federal government has finally decided to accelerate the process by three years. The existing structure will have to be partly closed for repairs in the meantime, each one causing a traffic nightmare. Or worse, the bridge might be closed permanently for reasons of security before the replacement is built. This would mean a breakdown of a major provincial economic lifeline and chaos for many thousands of commuters.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LYSIANE GAGNON
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – Page A19
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-- lgagnon@lapresse.caI had mixed feelings when I learned about the merger of Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy, Montreal's oldest and finest luxury department stores. The project has been in the works for some years but is now official.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 – Page A19
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – Page A19
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – Page A17
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – Page A15
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