The Parti Québécois doesn't want to talk about a guidesheet it sent out to members that offers talking points on defending its controversial secularism charter, known as Bill 60.
Le Devoir newspaper says the six-page document is meant to help PQ members talk about and defend the charter at family holiday gatherings - a time when conflicting political opinions are often amplified with the help of proximity and booze.
Among the points the document raises is the charter's popularity. The guide suggests its proponents point out that a big majority of Quebecers support it - something that Le Devoir, according to its December 7 poll by Leger Marketing, says is not true.
That poll showed that Quebecers were evenly split on the charter, with 45 percent of respondents supporting it and 45 percent opposing it. Some 54 percent of francophone respondents supported it while 75 percent of non-francophones did not.
Asked about the guidesheet while handing out Christmas baskets at Sun Youth in Montreal, PQ cabinet minister Jean-Francois Lisée laughed and said, "Today is a Charter-free day for me."
Provincial hearings into the charter are expected to begin January 14.
Photo of Jean-Francois Lisée (right) and Alan DeSousa by Patrick Lejtenyi