STE-MARTHE-SUR-LE-LAC: Premier François Legault congratulated people who worked on the flooded zone


 29 April 2019

STE-MARTHE-SUR-LE-LAC — Exhausted residents of this tiny town just across the Lake of Two Mountains from Montreal seemed shell-shocked Sunday as the sunshine revealed the extent of the damage caused when a 43-year-old dike gave way Saturday, flooding more than 2,500 houses and forcing about 5,000 residents to leave their homes in a panic.

The southern portion of this town is under water, about one-third of its population of 18,000 are out of their homes (after another 1,500 residents of were urged to leave Sunday), and an area spanning about 50 residential streets is now a no-go zone. The lake has swallowed up dozens of cars and many basements, but so far, there have been no deaths or injuries in the calamity.

Premier François Legault congratulated the volunteers, firefighters, soldiers and police officers who worked through the night in the dark to evacuate people and shore up the flooded zone. He called the injury-free evacuation a “near miracle”, considering how quickly the water came up and how many people were affected.

“To have evacuated in a couple of hours, nearly 5,000 people, it is almost a miracle,” Legault told reporters after surveying the area Sunday afternoon. “There were people in wheelchairs being evacuated in pickup trucks and nobody was injured. It’s almost a miracle, so bravo for the work that was done.”

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Premier Legault and Mayor Plante visit flood zone in West Island


 24 April 2019

On Sunday, Premier Francois Legault and Mayor Valerie Plante visited Île-Bizard to discuss the flood preparation plans as well as to laud the many volunteers, city employees and firefighters on hand helping to fill sand bags.

During the Premier’s remarks, army personnel arrived and as of press time, there are currently about 50 members of the Canadian Armed Forces from the Maisonneuve Regiment helping with stemming the flood risk for residents of Ile Bizard and nearby Ile Mercier as waters continue to rise.

Both Plante and Legault commented on the preparations already put in place underlining that this was not going to be 2017 because of the pre-planning.

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Together let’s move forward


 1 April 2019

On Thursday, Government House Leader Simon Jolin-Barrette tabled the bill on the laicity of the State in the National Assembly. He stressed that the government was keeping a major promise of the Premier’s inaugural speech, and hoped to obtain the support of as many Quebecers as possible.

The model for laicity of the State proposed in the bill is rooted in Québec’s history, social values and uniqueness. The legislation is a unifying, reasoned and reasonable initiative. This bill is the result of a historical and evolving process that is specific to Québec.

Essentially, the bill aims to affirm and define the laicity of the State in Québec law, based on four key principles:

1- Separation of State and religions
2- Religious neutrality of the State
3- Equality of all citizens
4- Freedom of conscience and religion

The bill prohibits the wearing of religious symbols by government employees in positions of authority such as prosecutors, police officers, prison guards and public school teachers in the performance of their duties. In order to obtain the support of as many Quebecers as possible for this crucial bill, the government has decided that anyone who is an employee at the time the bill is tabled will keep the right to wear religious symbols for as long as that person works for the same employer.

The bill also specifies that public services will have to be provided with the face uncovered, and that where identity must be verified, or for security reasons, people receiving public services may not have their faces covered.

“It is with great pride that I am tabling the bill on the laicity of the State in the National Assembly this morning. This bill reflects a vision of the State that is largely shared by the Québec population, namely that it is high time to prohibit the wearing of religious symbols by government employees in positions of authority. This bill is a true gesture of affirmation. The principle of laicity of the State will now be enshrined in Québec law for the very first time.”

Simon Jolin-Barrette, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness and Government House Leader