A group of petitioners is done with Trudeaumania and wants Pierre Elliott Trudeau's name removed from Montreal's airport.
The reason is an American diplomatic document that says former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau plotted to harm Quebec's budding separatist movement by purposely increasing the unemployment rate.
The December 22, 1976 report from ambassador Thomas Enders to the U.S. State Department says the Canadian government was thinking over aggressive strategies to make separatism less appealing including the "encouragement of key investors to pull out of Quebec."
It was penned shortly after René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois pushed out Robert Bourassa's Liberals and swept to power.
Trudeau asked one of Quebec's most powerful businesspeople, Power Corporation chairman Paul Desmarais, to "make it as tough as possible" for the province, states the report.
"Despite what Cabinet Ministers say, Trudeau may still be emitting punitive signals on the Quebec economy," it reads.
"Idea would be to set up spurt of provincial unemployment rate from current 10 percent to 15 or even 20 next year."
Current PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is one of the signatories.
"One could not imagine a worse form of contempt for our democracy, including all those Quebec voters who, in the previous federal election, had put their trust in the Liberal leader," the petition reads.
"The goal of this odious sabotage strategy was to deliberately undermine the socio-economic status of the Quebec people in order to further undermine the popularity of the independence movement."
"It's high time to clear our major international airport of the name of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau," it continues.
"This man is unworthy of such an honour in Quebec."
"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
If you aren't already psyched to watch Canadian athletes win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, here's a whole new reason to be eager for Olympic glory: free doughnuts.
For every gold medal Canada wins, Laval-based pastry chain Mr. Puffs is giving away five free honey and cinnamon or sugar and cinnamon Puffs, which are bite-sized Greek-style doughnuts, at any one of their stores.
This means that you, too, can enjoy the sweet flavour of victory from the comfort of your own home, without the need for incredible natural talents and years of body-shredding, sweat-inducing training.
According to the company website, Puffs are traditional Greek doughnut holes (called loukoumades), invented thousands of years ago by the ancient Greeks and enjoyed by Olympians of old.
If the win happens after 9 p.m. or overnight then the prize is valid the next day, so keep an eye out for news of athletic victories.
To win, all you have to say is, "go Canada, go!" at the cash register. The promotion ends August 8 and doesn't apply on any delivery platforms, so you'll have to make the athletic feat of getting to the store.