Marois removes fleur-de-lys following poppy backlash
The premier will no longer sport the fleur-de-lys in the centre of her Rememberance Day poppy, after inciting a torrent of complaints from veterans.
A spokesperson in Pauline Marois' office says the premier did not think the move would create the controversies that it did.
"It was simply a question of esthetics. She wanted to put one on top of the other instead of having them side by side. That's it," says Marie Barrette, the premier's press agent.
She says Marois has a great respect for veterans and had no political intentions when she place the symbol of Quebec at the centre of her poppy.
From now on, the premier will wear the poppy according to protocol, which dictates that nothing should be put at its centre.
The Royal Canadian Legion says it received dozens of complaints after veterans saw Marois' lapel on television this week.
They said the symbol for fallen soldiers should not be politicized, since veterans fought for everyone in Canada.