Jacques Parizeau says values charter goes too far
Former premier Jacques Parizeau — the man who publicly blamed 'money and the ethnic vote' for the Yes side's loss in the 1995 referendum — is about to go public with his thoughts on the controversial Charter of Quebec Values.
He doesn't like it, saying it goes too far.
The Journal de Montreal will be running an op-ed piece by Parizeau tomorrow morning. Few details have been leaked as to what's in it, but it appears that Parizeau takes a softer line on religious accommodation than premier Pauline Marois or Bernard Drainville, the minister responsible for the charter.
The piece is expected to be an analysis of the debate that's been raging over the charter since it was unveiled last month.
A report also suggests Parizeau attended the launch of a book last Thursday by longtime sovereignist Jean Dorion, the former head of the Montreal Société St-Jean Baptiste. Dorion spoke with CJAD last week about his reservations about the charter, saying it serves to divide Quebecers, and steer immigrants away from supporting sovereignty.
His wife Lisette Lapointe also came to the defence of Maria Mourani, the north-end Montreal MP who was kicked out of the Bloc Quebecois caucus for opposing the charter.