Jonathan Montpetit


Jonathan Montpetit is a Senior Investigative Journalist with CBC News, where he covers social movements and democracy. You can send him tips at

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Anti-mandate groups return to Ottawa, but future of movement uncertain amid arrests and divisions

Nearly five months after they were forced out of Ottawa, anti-mandate groups are returning to the capital this weekend, where along with a more determined police presence they will face questions about where the movement is headed.

Libraries in Canada hit by wave of hate, threats, as right-wing groups protest all-age drag events

Family-friendly drag events across Canada, many hosted by municipal libraries, have been targeted by a deluge of hateful comments and threats this Pride month, prompting multiple police investigations and renewed concerns about the safety of the LGBTQ community.

How Justin Trudeau bought himself some peace from Quebec's culture wars, and what he paid for it

The implications of the informal bargain struck between Justin Trudeau and François Legault involve Quebec’s economic development, its cultural anxieties, the protection of minority rights, and conceptions of federalism itself.

Trudeau joins chorus blasting Canadiens for drafting player who violated woman's consent

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the Montreal Canadiens showed a "lack of judgment" by drafting an 18-year-old who was fined for sharing sexually explicit photos of a woman without her consent.

Quebec's relationship with forestry industry under scrutiny as pressure mounts to protect woodlands

In the eyes of experts, environmental activists and Indigenous communities, Quebec’s Forest Ministry appears more interested in safeguarding the profits of industry than the forests themselves

Habs facing hometown criticism after drafting player who violated woman's privacy

Politicians, advocacy groups, and fans in Quebec are expressing concerns about the recent Canadiens draft pick, Logan Mailloux.

Quebec nixes LNG plant that would have carried Western Canadian natural gas to markets overseas

The Quebec government has refused to approve construction of a natural gas facility in the Saguenay, north of Quebec City, following years of opposition from citizens, Indigenous communities and environmental experts.

'Just keep swimming': How students and teachers in Quebec kept schools open despite the pandemic

When summer break begins this week, most Quebec students will have spent more time in class than students in other COVID hot spots, such as Ontario and New York state.

Fearing edge for Habs rival, Quebec premier pushes public health to boost capacity at Bell Centre

Premier François Legault said he is concerned the Vegas Golden Knights will have an advantage over the Montreal Canadiens in their playoff series because of limits on crowd sizes at the Bell Centre, and is asking public health to revise the cap upwards.

As infection rates drop, Quebec's opposition parties wonder why Legault still needs emergency powers

At the National Assembly, Quebec’s opposition parties feel as though the emergency is coming to a close, and with it the need for the wide-ranging powers the government gave itself last year.