People in Quebec want to be able to have their own private property and have the same kinds of rights that people in other Canadian provinces have.
That’s because, in many cases, Quebecers are not allowed to own anything they don’t own on their own land.
And the federal government doesn’t allow Quebecers to own their own homes, schools, or businesses.
But in Quebec, some people have found a way to create their own small piece of property by buying their neighbors’ homes.
They’ve called it “consuetude francais,” and it means owning a piece of land, as opposed to buying a house or business.
It’s one of the many strategies that people have taken to create small pockets of ownership, and it has become popular with some Quebecers.
But for now, Quebec’s consuétude francas are a rare sight in Quebec.
Consuetudas exist only in Quebec and are only allowed to be registered with the province’s land registry.
The registration is done by the government.
And when the government doesn`t approve your consuete francais, you have to go through a lengthy process, which can take years.
Some people even have to take their own lawyers to register their property.
But the popularity of consuets has caught the attention of a few Quebec politicians, including a Quebec politician who’s now in the province`s provincial legislature.
“I was amazed to hear people talk about it, to be honest,” said Régis Boucher, a professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal.
“I`m convinced that Quebecers really want this.”
It`s not that people are not interested in owning their own home, Boucher said, it`s that the province does not allow them to.
He is one of several politicians who has spoken out against the concept of consuitudas, calling it a “distraction from the real issue” of protecting Quebec`s borders.
Boucher said he is pushing for a bill that would make consuettude francasses legal in the rest of the province.
His bill is expected to come up for a second reading in the Quebec legislature next month.
Bouchers bill is not the only one that is gaining traction in Quebec over the past year.
Another is the Quebec government`s plan to allow consuites d’un territoire (consuets d’ouest), or small parcels of land that would allow residents to have access to private property without having to go to court to do so.
The province has also created a program called Quebec Land, a land registry that allows people to register land on behalf of other people and is expected later this year to begin allowing them to do the same for Quebecers as well.
Bougher said that his legislation is not aimed at allowing people to own homes or businesses, but rather it`ll be about ensuring that Quebec is able to offer residents the same kind of rights and freedoms as Canadians.
“It`ll take time, but I think we are seeing a change in attitudes in Quebec,” he said.
He added that he`ll keep pushing for more consuette francas to be allowed in Quebec because it`d be great to be part of a community and have a piece to own.
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