Let's face it, even if you've never watched the Super Bowl, it's probably been on your mind this weekend. You might think — do leaders like François Legault and Justin Trudeau spend this night glued to the TV with a bowl of chilli?
One Quebecer, Samuel Paradis, seems to believe they both watched the 2021 Super Bowl and made the funniest impression of them doing so.
You must wonder if your favourite celebrities are watching the same thing at the same time as you sometimes, too — no?
Okay, so maybe Legault and Trudeau aren't celebrities per se, but I think it's fair to argue that after months of thousands of people tuning in to their press conferences every day, they've basically become reality TV stars now.
With his stellar impersonations of the two political leaders’ voices, Paradis makes it feel like you’re truly listening to a conversation between the two.
Paradis thinks they'd both be comparing themselves to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the Kansas City Chiefs player from Montreal who took this year off of football to study online at Havard and work to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier François Legault recently announced that unvaccinated Quebecers are going to be charged a "significant" fee if they refuse to get at least their first dose in the next few weeks unless they have a medical reason not to.
The premier began by saying that the Government of Quebec will "reach out one by one" to the 600,000 adults who have not yet received a vaccine dose to inform them about the fee and ensure that the person is not in a vulnerable situation and has good reasons to refuse the vaccine.
"The objective, indeed, is to be able to have a list of people who refuse to be vaccinated, not for medical reasons, not because they don't speak French or because they don't have access to vaccines. And these people, if they really refuse, given that they bring an enormous burden on the health care system, I think it is normal that they pay a contribution," Legault stated
How much such will cost has not been announced yet, nor is it known exactly what form it will take. The "health contribution" was compared on the program to a "fine" received for running a red light.
Guy A. Lepage, one of the show's hosts, asked Mr. Legault how the government was going to get the list of non-vaccinated people, since patients' medical information is supposed to be protected by confidentiality.
Government lawyers are working on this and a bill is expected to be debated with the opposition parties in the National Assembly in early February, which is when we'll find out how much the fee would cost.
According to Legault, if important surgeries are postponed, it is "often because of the non-vaccinated."
"One person going into intensive care can cost up to $50,000. Multiply that [by] a few hundred non-vaccinated people continually adding up, it's a lot of money, but it's mostly a risk for all the people who have their surgeries postponed."
In the latest turn of events in the mounting national opposition to Quebec's controversial Bill 21, Toronto Mayor John Tory said that Toronto's city council will vote on a motion to help fund legal battles against the law, which bans many public servants from wearing religious symbols while performing their duties.
Tory also voiced his personal opposition to Bill 21 in a statement published on Twitter. "I continue to be opposed to Quebec's Bill 21. Today, I will ask City Council to help fund the legal fight against Bill 21," the mayor wrote.
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This news follows a recent letter published by Brampton, Ontario mayor Patrick Brown in which he implores mayors across Canada to consider pooling their cities' financial resources to help "fight Bill 21 in the courts."
Mayor Tory said Thursday that he stands with Brown and "[encourages] other cities across Canada to join this fight to uphold the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
In the past week, Quebec has been under fire for applying Bill 21 to remove elementary school teacher Fatemeh Anvari, who wears a hijab, from her position in the city of Chelsea. The incident prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to speak out against the law.
"I don't find that in a free and open society that someone should lose their job because of their religion," Trudeau said at a press conference on Monday.
Quebec Premier François Legault clapped back, insisting laws need to be enforced. He said the local school board made a mistake by hiring Anvari.
What will Legault have to say about this latest move by Tory?
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
The Campbell Bowl is a sterling-silver trophy named after him. It is presented annually "to the Western Conference team that advances to the Stanley Cup Final."
While the Canadiens typically play out of the Eastern conference, the pandemic caused the NHL to rejig its conferences and realign its teams into four new divisions.
As a result, the NHL decided that the winner of the Montreal Canadiens versus Vegas Golden Knights series would get the Campbell Bowl while the winner of the Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Islanders series would get the Prince of Wales trophy, which typically goes to the Eastern Conference playoff winner.
Why is this victory so historic?
Not only is the fact that the Canadiens were contenders for the Campbell Bowl historic, but it's also a monumental victory for another reason.
Clarence Campbell himself once contributed to a Montreal riot that caused the Habs to forfeit a game.
On March 13, 1955, Montreal hockey legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard was high-sticked in the head by the Boston Bruins' Hal Laycoe. When the Bruins' Cliff Thompson intervened in the ensuing fight, Richard punched him in the face, causing him to bleed from his eye and rendering him unconscious.
Campbell made the decision to suspend Richard for the last three games in the regular season, as well as the playoffs — and his decision came to a head the following game against the Detroit Red Wings.
When Campbell arrived at the Montreal Forum on March 15, 1955, a tear gas bomb went off, forcing an angry Montreal crowd to spill out onto Rue Sainte-Catherine.
The Habs had to forfeit the game to Detroit after one period.
Fires were lit, glass was shattered and people were injured, causing Richard to broadcast a message to Montrealers the next day, saying that he would accept the punishment in an effort to stop the riots.
From the "Richard Riots" to the Campbell Bowl, this feels like a full-circle moment.
Why wouldn't the Habs touch the trophy?
The Montreal Canadiens did not touch the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.
Did they touch it? (Since 1999)
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