Charter: Drainville skates around Marois' past remarks about diversity

Bernard Drainville, the minister responsible for steering the highly contentious secularism charter, was in damage control mode in Quebec City this morning.

He was forced to answer questions about a position paper written in 1998 by the then-education minister Pauline Marois.

Back then, the current premier was defending the right to wear religious symbols, ecnouraging school boards to welcome diversity.

"Read the document, and you'll see that it refers to common values 20 times," Drainville said when pressed by reporters about the apparent contradiction. "It talks about equality...religious symbols does not appear in the document. I think she's perfectly coherent."

He then went on to hail Marois' courage in presenting the document.

"If we have a charter of secularism, or a charter of values, it is because Pauline Marois made a commitment to have one," he said. "It is because she made it a priority for her government. It is thanks to her courage that we have a charter in Quebec."

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  1. jonico posted on 12/05/2013 10:30 AM
    Typical wishy-washy - they change their beliefs when it suits them. No credibility as usual. What a joke they are.
  2. maria posted on 12/05/2013 10:33 AM
    Hey Drainville, Quebec does not have a charter, you P.Q's want this charter , but for now it is nothing and with "GOD's " wishes it will remain as such a nothing piece of papaer. Your
    name fits you perfectly you drain this city "Drainville"
  3. joeN posted on 12/05/2013 11:33 AM
    Drainville= Snake oil Salesman, swamp land promoter, must have a PHD in double talk.
  4. Barcham posted on 12/05/2013 11:46 AM
    I think someone should remind Drainville that we DO NOT have a charter, we have a proposed charter that just about anyone with any intelligence has rejected. Maybe Marois should turn her courage and commitment to finding a solution to the fiscal problems in Quebec instead.
  5. ric posted on 12/05/2013 03:23 PM
    Hey Drainville, you don't have a charter nor do you have a country and you NEVER will. Stop dreaming, wake up and smell the English and minority roses.
  6. More BS posted on 12/06/2013 08:30 AM
    That explains why she can't keep a straight face in the photo.
  7. Kari posted on 12/06/2013 02:38 PM
    Ugh. Really, how can these people in our wonderful government even keep a straight face.
    Liars, racists, trouble makers, failures in their responsibilities to help make things better for us and USELESS.
    I as a Quebecer and staunch Canadian am totally disgusted every day for one reason or another where the PQ is concerned.
    We need to get them OUT and see if we can possibly fix any of the messes they have created.
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