It's only day three of the 44th Canadian election and already, the racists have come out of the woodwork to deface election signs in Montreal.
On Wednesday, Montreal Liberal candidates Anthony Housefather and Rachel Bendayan were the unfortunate victims of election signs defaced with swastikas, a symbol commonly associated with the Nazis. As they are both Jewish, this was clearly intended as a hateful and anti-Semitic attack on them.
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Politicians from every party have reacted to this unfortunate incident with disgust.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "It is completely unacceptable. I stand in solidarity with Rachel and Anthony, and the entire Jewish community, against this type of hatred."
Whatever your political views, spreading hateful and violent messages is not the way to go.
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In a Facebook post, Ensemble Montreal promised several solutions so that Montreal can be "a model city for cleanliness."
"In too many neighbourhoods, Montrealers see littered pavements and parks, overflowing bins and graffiti on street furniture," the party wrote.
Coderre promised that his administration would put more closed garbage cans in parks, implement "the collection of bulky items on request," and clean "hateful graffiti" within 24 hours after it's reported and manage the rat population.
"It is urgent that the City assume its responsibilities as a government of the community and do so in all boroughs," Ensemble Montreal stated.
You might have noticed that the height of buildings in Montreal is shorter than those in other North American cities. That's by design. And now, Mayor Valérie Plante's party, Projet Montréal, is committing to keep it that way.
"Since 1992, a consensus has existed in Montreal regarding the maximum height of buildings," the party wrote on Facebook. "According to this agreement, Montreal's constructions must not obscure the views of Mount Royal — and therefore must not peak higher than the mountain's highest level, which is more than 232 metres above sea level."
The party criticized former mayor Denis Coderre's claim that taller buildings could help to increase the housing offer in the city.
"Mr. Coderre seems to believe that Montreal's highest peaks should belong to the owners of downtown penthouses [...] Let's be honest. Who will really benefit from taller skyscrapers? A handful of wealthy people and a few real estate developers... And so would begin the privatization of the views of our Mount Royal," Projet Montréal warned.
Quebec students would've also favoured the Liberals and helped them win a minority government — though a much slimmer one — if they were able to vote, according to Student Vote Canada.
If students were able to cast ballots in the federal election, the Liberals would have won 116 seats nationally, forming a minority government. The official opposition would be the New Democratic Party (NDP), with 106 seats.
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While the Liberals would have won the election, they would've lost the popular vote to the NDP.
In Quebec, the Liberals would've won 38 seats, with the Bloc Québécois in second place at 20. The NDP was much worse off in Quebec, winning only 9 seats.
The Student Vote is an educational program that runs at the same time as the official election with the goal of teaching young people how to participate in the electoral process. The students get to cast a ballot exactly like the real thing and the votes are then counted.
More than 700,000 students from across Canada participated in this election's Student Vote.
Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 Federal Election, many of us living in Quebec might be wondering what the point of all this was. But no election is without some kind of meaning, especially for voters.
So, what did this election mean for the people of Quebec and what does a Liberal minority mean for the province?
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