Lisée: Today's "a Charter-free day"

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

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  1. clint posted on 12/24/2013 04:07 PM
    "Today is a Charter-free day for me.".......Congratulations Mr. Lisee.....
    now we can work on the other 364 days you need to say this.
    Merry Christmas
    1. chuck posted on 12/28/2013 01:37 PM
      @clint If only it would be a PQ free quebec...seriously don't these rejects ever go away?
  2. al posted on 12/24/2013 04:23 PM
    I would like to see this guide sheet.

    Does it have pictograms ?
  3. Stan posted on 12/24/2013 04:50 PM
    How festive. They can get back to their witch hunt after the holidays.
  4. Murray Levine posted on 12/24/2013 07:02 PM
    A year ago the Fraser Institute reported that there were two US states that were less charitable than Quebec. Last week they reported that Quebec was dead last.

    The median annual receipted charitable contribution of a Quebec tax filer who donated in 2011 was only 44% of that of 9th place NewBrunswick. Voluntarism is no better.

    The only reason why Quebecès median is as high as it is, is because not everyone in QC is pur laine Quebecois. Congratulations to the Parti Quebecois for scaring away those who contribute to charity and volunteer in la belle province!

    McGill raised 7X what the U de M raised the last time that I checked.
  5. Tyson posted on 12/26/2013 08:19 AM
    The PQ is trying to tell their constituents how to think, and what to say. Statistics and legalities put aside, the debate on the charter comes down to what is in your heart: Is this legislation morally right or wrong? My question to the supporters of the Charter: If the tables were turned and we lived in a society where your right to celebrate Christmas, hang a wreath, or decorate a tree was suddenly compromised, how would YOU feel?
  6. Paul posted on 12/26/2013 11:04 PM
    Wishing everyone a Lisée-free day and a PQ-free New Year.
    1. More BS posted on 01/01/2014 09:18 PM
      @Paul I hope you are right Paul.
  7. Madele posted on 12/29/2013 01:18 PM
    Charter-free day? Really? If the Charter is something the PQ is really proud of as they would like us to believe, one would think that Mr Lisee would take advantage of any and every opportunity to promote it.
    Particularly given the Sun Youth's diverse population of visitors, he should have been more than eager to tell them what is best for them.
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