The premier of Manitoba Brian Pallister during his meeting with Justin Trudeau in Winnipeg, Monday
20 January 2020 13: 15
Updated at 23: 45
Act 21: Manitoba is said to have received “many” CV’s of civil servants quebec
The canadian Press
WINNIPEG — The premier of Manitoba, Brian Pallister, said that there had been “numerous requests” from officials in quebec who wish to settle in its province after an offensive ad against the law 21.
The manitoba government had purchased ads in newspapers and digital media in Quebec last fall, which mentioned 21 reasons to consider moving to Manitoba in reference to the act respecting the quebec secularism.
Mr. Pallister argues that his government has already started to receive curriculum vitae. “We are excited to start hiring because we need more bilingual workers in our public service in Manitoba,” he said, in his exit meeting with his federal counterpart Justin Trudeau.
The premier has repeatedly denounced the quebec law on secularism, arguing that it is discriminatory.
“I believe that Quebec is too good for this law, I believe that Quebecers are too strong for this law and I believe that Quebec is a part too important of Canada to separate, in the sense that it adopts policies that are unnecessarily discriminatory”, he reiterated on Monday.
In the past, the prime minister of Québec, François Legault, has said that Manitoba would have an interest in better funding for services in French in his province, rather than meddling in the affairs of the province of Quebec.
This act prohibits certain civil servants, including teachers in primary and secondary schools of the public system and the police, to wear religious symbols in their functions such as the hijab for muslim women and the yarmulke for jewish men.
Mr. Pallister met with Mr. Trudeau in the second day of a meeting of the council of federal ministers in Winnipeg, a location chosen to reach out to a region that has turned its back to the federal liberals in the election of 21 October.
Change of tone
At the exit meeting, the premier has demonstrated to the opening to submit his province to a carbon tax.
Mr. Pallister has said that his government is preparing to submit a different plan on the climate, after the latter had been rejected. He argued that the “dialogue” continued with Ottawa, and that this dialogue includes a “sort of pricing on carbon”.
Mr Pallister said Monday at the joke that there must have been a in the province, it should be “low and flat as the horizon of the Prairie.”
But for that to occur, he expected to receive some sort of recognition of past efforts of Manitoba on the map of the environment.
The deputy prime minister asked by chrystia Freeland, who was present at the meeting Monday, agreed to continue discussions with Mr Pallister to find a solution “win-win”.
It has, however, insisted on the importance of putting in place an ambitious plan for the climate. “I think all Canadians understand that this may be the most important issue for our generation,” she said.
Several provinces, including Manitoba, have begun legal proceedings against the federal tax on carbon, imposed on the provinces that had no provincial plan.
A bridge to the alienation
Mr. Pallister has indicated its willingness to act as a bridge between the federal government and the other two first ministers of the Prairies, openly hostile towards the liberals, Mr. Trudeau, Jason Kenney and Alberta Scott Moe Saskatchewan.
“Our province is a key to the vault. If you can’t get along with the nice in Manitoba, there are many, many other Canadians with whom you will not be able to hear you,” reiterated the premier.
Ms. Freeland, who has spent the last few weeks to travel the country, came to a conclusion, “perhaps surprising” after an election that revealed the regional divisions.
“Canadians really love Canada. (…) I think that there is a deep commitment to Canada through Canada, I believe that there is a deep appreciation, especially in these times of great global uncertainty and global challenges, whether they are geopolitical or economic”, she said.
“We need to commit fully in order to keep Canada safe, keep Canada kingdom, to keep Canada that will be able to act together to address the most pressing challenges of our time”, she pleaded.
The retirement of the council of ministers in Winnipeg will end on Tuesday.