François Legault

Legault chairs a premiers news conference as premiers John Horgan, Kenney, and Scott Moe appear onscreen, on March 4, 2021 in Montreal (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

338Canada: A tale of two premiers

Philippe J. Fournier: A few years ago, Francois Legault and Jason Kenney were making history. Today, only one of them is sure to survive their next election.
A border marker is shown just outside of Emerson, Man. on Jan. 20, 2022. American investigators believe the deaths of four people, including a baby and a teen, whose bodies were found in Manitoba near the United States border are linked to a larger human smuggling operation. (John Woods/The Canadian Press)

U.S. man charged with human smuggling after four found dead near the Manitoba-U.S. border

Politics Insider for Jan. 21: Ontario prepares to re-open; Quebec prepares for the lockdown longhaul; and Canada braces for Russian cyberattacks
Legault speaks during a news conference in Montreal on Dec. 30, 2021 (Graham Hughes/CP)

338Canada: In a Quebec first, Legault takes a hit

Philippe J. Fournier: A new Mainstreet poll suggests the ’pandemic honeymoon’ between the CAQ and Quebec voters may have finally reached a limit
Interim Quebec Director of Public Health Dr. Luc Boileau responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, Jan. 11, 2022. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Should we tax the unvaccinated?

Politics Insider for Jan. 13: The debate over Quebec’s tax on the unvaxxed; the backlash over Ontario’s handling of school openings; and a former Supreme Court justice’s controversial role in Hong Kong
Legault leaves a news conference in Montreal, on Dec. 30, 2021 (Graham Hughes/CP)

I have questions about le unvax tax

Paul Wells: There’s at least a decent case to be made for François Legault’s plan to tax unvaccinated Quebecers. But don’t be surprised if he drops the idea.
Legault responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, Jan. 11, 2022. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Quebec cracks down on the unvaccinated

Politics Insider for Jan. 12: Erin O’Toole is out of step; lockdowns fall out of favour; and MPs are being warned about Chinese meddling
Trudeau meets with the Premier of Nova Scotia Tim Houston in his office in the West Block on Parliament Hill on Nov. 22, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

338Canada: Who’s still angry at Ottawa

Philippe J. Fournier: A new survey looking at federal-provincial attitudes suggests that even in Quebec and Alberta, regional resentment is not on the rise
Legault slips on his mask following a news conference in Montreal, Dec. 16, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Quebec tightens up restrictions for Omicron

Politics Insider for Dec. 17: Quebec’s new restrictions; Ontario’s grim COVID projections; and cabinet’s new Canada-first mandate
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland waits to appear before the House of Commons Finance committee, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Opposition pressing Liberals to address inflation ahead of fiscal update

Politics Insider for Dec 13, 2021: The war over Bill 21; fiscal update predictions; and Ottawa backtracks on South African COVID tests
Legault arrives to speak at the opening the the Federation Quebecois des Municipalite's annual congress on Sept. 30, 2021 in Quebec City (Jacques Boissinot/CP)

338Canada: One year from re-election, Legault appears invincible

Philippe J. Fournier: The CAQ’s current dominance—in virtually every demographic segment of the electorate—has no recent precedent in Quebec