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As always, Quebec is working through some complex feelings about language and culture this election cycle. Especially in light of the relatively new Bill 96, the parties have strong incentives to take a public stance on the future of French in the province.

After all, when we say "language," what we mean is French: its role in Quebec identity-making, its importance in business and in the public sphere. The issue also touches on immigration, especially attitudes toward immigrants with other language skills, as well as relations with minority language groups.

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With the Quebec election less than a week away, the race to garner votes is getting more competitive. One candidate, from Québec Solidaire, took the competition too far and, even worse, got caught in 4k. Marie-Eve Rancourt, the QS candidate for Camille-Laurin in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, was seen removing a Parti Québécois flyer from a constituent's mailbox.

The resident, Guy Misson, posted footage from his front doorstep on Facebook. In the first video, a PQ volunteer places the party's flyer in his mailbox. Later, Rancourt herself can be seen putting a QS flyer in the man's mailbox before removing the PQ's and walking away like nothing happened.

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Less than a week before the Quebec election, the CAQ is still on track to crush its opponents even though its support is slipping, according to the latest poll by Léger and Québecor (Léger/Journal/TVA/QUB).

The poll reached 1,023 people between September 23 to 25, that is, after the second and final leaders' debate on Radio-Canada.

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Québec solidaire has released an ambitious plan for transit expansion in the Montreal area. Among the proposals is a new "purple" metro line from Laval to Ville-Marie via Montréal-Nord, Rosemont and the Plateau—Mont-Royal. The party says it would invest a whopping $47 billion by 2030 to put the plan into action if it's able to form a government after the 2022 Quebec election.

The "purple" line resembles other proposals for a rapid transit link between Montréal-Nord and downtown that bypasses the crowded Berri-UQAM station, including Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante's signature "pink line" project and more recent designs for a new light-rail line.

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Quebec's political scene is arguably the most consistently, uh, interesting (?) among Canada's provinces — though Ontarians and Albertans might disagree — but the current state of things may be at its most delightfully bonkers yet.

It's a handful of months away from Quebec's likely October 3 election date, and a few weeks since the passage of the controversial Bill 96, and we've got intense mudslinging amongst politicians and pundits; feverish, sometimes furious discourse in media and on social platforms; relatively new parties that may or may not be game-changers; all framed by wild and seemingly contradictory polls.

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On May 1, the lowest-wage earners in the province got a slight pay bump. The Quebec minimum wage increased by 75 cents from $13.50 to $14.25 per hour. Labour Minister Jean Boulet says the increase will boost the purchasing power of the province's "most vulnerable workers." But Québec solidaire is rejecting the notion that the increase will do much to benefit residents.

The party is instead calling for an $18-per-hour minimum wage. It's also pushing back against the proposed $15 minimum wage.

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Québec solidaire spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, affectionally dubbed GDN on the interwebs, is a new father. His first child with partner Maëlle was born on Sunday, February 27.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, he revealed her name is Hélène Nadeau-Desjardins.

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Bad news, Montreal — Toronto has beat us once again in a QS University Ranking. This time, the University of Toronto has McGill beat in every category in the new "World University Rankings By Subject."

The report looked at five broad subjects: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.

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