There's no one to vote for if you like values charter: Lisée
The PQ minister responsible for Montreal is taking the four leading mayoralty candidates to task for their opposition to his government's Charter of Values, saying the Charter's supporters have no one to vote for in the upcoming Nov. 3 election.
Jean-François Lisée says despite the positions that Denis Coderre, Richard Bergeron, Marcel Côté and Mélanie Joly have taken against the charter, he points out that Montrealers don't have a unanimous opinion on it.
And he adds because voters do not have a pro-charter option, he says whoever wins will not have a real mandate from the people to fight it.
"When you get to the poll on Nov. 3, all those who are in favour of the Charter cannot really make a decision, and the person who will be mayor cannot say 'I was against the Charter and I beat the guy who was for it so I have a mandate,'" said Lisée.
Lisée also brought up the name of former mayorJean Drapeau, who in 1977 refused to take a position on another famous PQ Charter — the Charter of the French Language. He stopped short, however, of suggesting the current crop of mayoralty hopefuls should follow Drapeau's lead.
The PQ is considering removing or scaling back the 'opt-out' clause in the Charter of Values, after every municipality on the island passed resolutions suggesting they would immediately apply for an exemption in the event the Charter becomes law.