The October 1 election marks a sharp turn in Quebec’s political life. Not only has a new party taken power, but with the mothballing of the independence project, the debate focused instead on issues such as immigration, the integration of minorities and new immigrants, the environment, and electoral reform. These are all areas that are going to have a determining effect on Quebec’s future.
Special guests François Cardinal (La Presse), Mireille Paquet (Concordia University), Alain Noël (Université de Montréal) and Sophie Seguin-Lamarche (l’Institut du Nouveau Monde) discussed these subjects and more at our 5 à 7 at Pub L’Île Noire in Montreal. Graham Fox, president and CEO of the IRPP, moderated the discussion.
These 5 à 7 get-togethers, hosted by the IRPP, are an opportunity for young people to exchange ideas on important policy issues in an informal setting and to meet public policy experts.
François Cardinal is the editorial writer in chief for La Presse and has been principal director of the Débats Journaliste section for more than 20 years. He is also a commentator and analyst for 24/60 at RDI and Gravel le matin at ICI Première, Radio-Canada. He is the author of Le mythe du Québec vert and Perdus sans la nature, edited Rêver Montréal and co-edited, with Pierre Thibault, Et si la beauté rendait heureux.
Mireille Paquet is associate professor in the Department of Political Science and holder of the Research Chair on the New Politics of Immigration at Concordia University. Her research deals with the public policy and politics of immigration in Quebec, Canada, the United States and Australia. She is one of the founders of the Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation at Concordia University.
Alain Noël is a professor of political science at the Université de Montréal. His articles (in French) in the IRPP’s Policy Options magazine deal with social policy, notably in the areas of income inequality and the fight against poverty, federalism, and the differences in attitudes between the left and the right. He co-edited, with Miriam Fahmy, Miser sur l’égalité, and is the co-author, with Jean-Philippe Thérien, of La gauche et la droite.
Sophie Seguin-Lamarche is director of communications at the Institut du Nouveau Monde, and since 2013 she has been the producer of L’état du Québec. As an expert in political communication, she worked for several years as the head of a public relations and communications company. She then rounded out her expertise within a political party represented in the Assemblée nationale du Québec. Les Affaires magazine named her “the new face of responsible marketing,” and she has been recognized by the House of Commons of Canada for her leadership in the businesswomen’s community.
Graham Fox is president and CEO of the IRPP. His fields of interest include parliamentary and democratic reform, citizen’s involvement and federalism. Before joining the IRPP in 2011, he worked for more than a decade in the world of federal politics, notably as chief adviser to several politicians and as government relations expert. He is co-editor, with Jennifer Ditchburn, of The Harper Factor.