Ex-Bloquiste Maria Mourani renounces separatism

Says the best way to protect rights, identity is through federalism

CANADIAN PRESS

Maria Mourani, who was kicked out of the Bloc Québécois caucus in September over a disagreement with the PQ's charter of values, says she is "no longer an independentist", saying the identity of all Quebecers would best be defended by Canada.

She announced the results of her three-month reflection on her political future today, in a three-page statement released Wednesday.

"I have come to the conclusion...that Canada, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, better protects the Quebec identity for all citizens of Quebec." she wrote in a letter. "I am no longer an independentist."

She also attacks the Parti Québécois for sacrificing harmony in the province for electoral gain.

For the moment, it appears Mourani will remain an inependent MP. She did not mention, or suggest, any other political party she might want to latch on to.

Mourani, who came to Canada from Lebanon, was first elected as a Bloc MP in 2006. She was only one of four Bloquistes to survive the NDP's Orange Wave in 2011, and the only one on the island of Montreal.

Mourani also was named 'Patriot of the Year' by Montreal's Société St. Jean Baptiste in 2012.

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  1. Cutie003 posted on 12/18/2013 02:54 PM
    After 40 years of hateful bigotry, some of these separatists are finally seeing the light. Canada is a great country and welcomes everyone while Quebec continues to insulate itself and it's population from the rest of the world. Our economy is the pits because of this and will sink further if they do not stop the harassment they practice against everyone that is not of their persuasion - there is a big world out there guys - join it or continue to go down the tubes. No other country in the world would put up with what Canada has put up with for 40 years so better appreciate where you belong and it's not all alone because everyone has neighbours.
  2. Murray Levine posted on 12/18/2013 03:01 PM
    Congratulations, BUT what took soooooo long?

    "Better late than never."
  3. steve posted on 12/18/2013 03:35 PM
    She didn't seem to mind infringing on anglophone rights when she was a member of a separatist party.Now that the shoe is on the other foot,she sure has changed her tune! Two-faced!
  4. quebec posted on 12/18/2013 03:50 PM
    I think all of these people should make up their mind,on which side their on!
    Jumping ship every time they agree or disagree.
    I live in Quebec and all I have to say is enough with these values,everyone is hating one another after the PQ took power.We need a new election quick and more help from Canada.
    After all I'am Canadian.Born here and proud of It.
    I suggest to everyone is to get along,we need jobs, not a law to make us dress and talk as they wish..................
    Canada help the Quebec people.
    1. Bob posted on 12/21/2013 08:53 PM
      @quebec regrettably, the Feds will never get involved as the Conservatives want seats that they will never get, but don't wan to alienate anybody.. It this was a small province with only maybe 10 seats, but not with the 75 or so..
  5. clint posted on 12/18/2013 05:27 PM
    Glad you see the light......but you will be labeled a "nutbar" by your former party.....nothing to see here move along.
  6. ric posted on 12/18/2013 10:49 PM
    Now if all separatists would take off their blinders, they might all see the light. Way to go, Maria. Not brain washed anymore.
  7. More BS posted on 12/19/2013 06:11 AM
    She moves here from another country, joins a separatist party to break up the country that lat her in . She is then turned on by the separatist party and now renounces the party and their cause. She never had any consideration for those who were born here and have been fighting the separatist ilk for years but now is pro Canadian. A true two face . I see why she was welcomed into the separatist's party. Remember though once a separatist always a separatist . The wind could blow in from another direction tomorrow and she would be right back on the separatist bandwagon.
    1. chuck posted on 12/21/2013 07:10 AM
      @More BS I agrre with your comments...for her its which ever way the wind blows!
  8. clint posted on 12/19/2013 07:50 AM
    This will back-up their reason for kicking you out of caucus....they will label you as a "nutbar"....and that you have been influenced by "THE OTHERS".
  9. joeN posted on 12/19/2013 10:16 AM
    Let's be very cautious with her new approach in politics. We've seen the flim flam that the CAQ has presented, and worst of all the liberal Philippe Flop on the values charter. Until we see more evidence that she fights for Canadian Values, I don't see the need to accept her with open arms.
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