Philippe Couillard

Analysis: With Quebec Elections Approaching, Jewish Community Braces for Big Year in 2018

Quebec Confidential The opinions, facts and any media content presented do not necessarily reflect the position of B’nai Brith Canada. Dec. 15, 2017 MONTREAL – As the 2017 calendar year draws to a close, Quebecers must brace themselves for a busy political year ahead. A provincial election is scheduled for Oct. 1 and it is unclear what …

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Controversial Quebec Health Minister Hears from Jewish Community Reps

Quebec Confidential July 24, 2017 MONTREAL- Nobody can argue against the statement that David Birnbaum has done excellent work in making improvements for the Jewish community in Montreal as the de facto Quebec Minister responsible. This is a title I awarded his predecessor, Lawrence Bergman, when he served as the Liberal Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee. Birnbaum …

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A Historic Mission to Israel for Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard

Quebec Confidential May 19, 2017 MONTREAL – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard ventured into the heart of Quebec’s Jewish community last week to speak to an overflowing crowd at the City of Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club. This visit came on the eve of a historic trade mission the Premier will lead from May 19 to 24 to …

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Lisée’s Victory as New PQ Leader could be Bad News for Liberals

The next Quebec provincial election is fewer than two years away and the current Liberal government, led by flip-flopping Premier Philippe Couillard, must be feeling somewhat uneasy after the Parti Québécois elected the very smooth Jean-François Lisée as its new leader. There is only one reason why the Liberals still lead in the polls and …

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Who Will Win in the PQ Leadership Race? Cloutier or Lisée?

If a provincial election were held today in Quebec, Premier Philippe Couillard’s Liberals would likely be back in office with another majority government. It’s not that the Liberals are doing so well. They only lead the polls by default since there won’t be another vote in Quebec for two years. But the opposition Parti-Québecois will …

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Despite Couillard’s Suspect Leadership Federalist Liberals Still on Top

It is great to be back writing for B’nai Brith Canada, our country’s pre-eminent human rights organization. During the 17 years I served as the former Jewish Tribune Newspaper’s Quebec bureau chief, a common topic was the Jewish community and its degree of comfort with the provincial government of the day. We have gone back and forth …

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