Liberals say crucifix will carry rural votes

Liberal MNAs gather for caucus meeting
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While gathering in the rural Lac-Saint-Jean riding of Roberval, some Liberal MNAs say the party's new position on the crucifix will resonate with voters in the regions.

"I think it's going to be important because the people feel it represents them, where they come from. So yes, I think it has a positive bearing," says Mégantic Liberal MNA Ghislain Bolduc.

So far, the Liberals' charter stance is believed to be dragging down the party's support in rural Quebec.

"Some are against, some are for, but the majority are for the charter," says Jean-Paul Diamond. He says he's noticed support for the PQ project in his central-Quebec riding, that contains part of Trois-Rivière.

New stand on crucifix

The Liberal leader had previously said he was ready to examine the idea or relocating the crucifix.

But last week, the party released a new detailed position.

It has decided the crucifix should stay put, hovering over MNAs as they vote bills into law in the National Assembly's blue room.

Diamond agrees the position will strike a positive notes in Quebec's regions. "Yes. Why? Because People want to keep their symbols," he says.

"In an urban riding it could be different. But, I'm in a rural riding," he says.

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  1. Drew posted on 01/30/2014 08:39 AM
    That is the Liberal Party says what the voters want to hear depending on the riding like every politician
  2. Kat posted on 01/30/2014 02:14 PM
    If minorities can keep their religious symbols, the National Assembly's blue room should be able to keep it's own. LOL
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