Bloc MP speaks out against values charter; gets kicked out of caucus
Ahuntsic MP Maria Mourani has been kicked out of the Bloc Québécois caucus for her opposition to Quebec's proposed values charter.
Mourani, a native of Cote d'Ivoire who has served the north-end riding since 2006, was one of 18 sovereignists who signed on to an open letter denouncing the charter, saying it "stigmatizes certain communities, especially women", and needlessly divides Quebec's population — and the independence movement.
Other noted sovereignists who've signed on to the letter include Jean Dorion, a former Bloc MP and former president of Montreal's St. Jean Baptiste Society, author Yves Beauchemin, and author and former PQ candidate Robin Philpot.
On the Bloc's website, party leader Daniel Paillé issued a statement affirming the Bloc's full support for the PQ's values charter. "The member for Ahuntsic, Maria Mourani, held to a position that reflects in no way the position of the Bloc Québécois," the statement reads. "The Charter of Quebec Values, far from constituting, as Mme. Mourani says, an electoral ploy, a grave strategic error on the part of the sovereignty movement or even worse, a manifestation of ethnic nationalism, is the opposite — a necessary and fundamental step for the Quebec nation."
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