Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission has cast a cold light on corruption in municipal politics, especially in Montreal. Inroads 33 takes a look at the commission’s revelations, with five informed observers examining their significance:
Is Quebec more corrupt than other places?
Is former Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay a villain or a victim?
This issue also tackles other thorny questions:
Can universal government-financed health care be sustained in light of an aging population; and what lessons can we learn from Sweden?
What did the Supreme Court of Canada mean by saying “maybe” to a Muslim woman who wants to wear her niqab in the witness box?
How was the Harmonized Sales Tax a “learning experience” for British Columbia’s democracy?
And is Bangladesh really experiencing a “Bengal Spring”?
This system links construction firms, often with mafia ties, and major engineering offices to illegal practices by elected and high-ranking municipal officials and managers in Montreal, Laval and rapidly growing north-shore exurbs.
According to Quebec historian-sociologist Gérard Bouchard, interculturalism and multiculturalism are fundamentally different. Multiculturalism ascribes equal merit to all cultures and value systems, and denies special status regardless of size or seniority.