24-year-old student Samar Assoum has become something of a celebrity over the past couple of days, after she famously confronted premier Pauline Marois at a mall in Boucherville and held a polite, though animated conversation with her about the secularism charter.
The premier made a campaign stop at the Montarville mall this past Saturday. Assoum, a graduate student in international law at the University of Montreal, works at the mall, and felt she needed to take the opportunity to tell the premier how she felt about the charter — an exchange which was caught on video and which has gone viral since it took place.
"My attempt was not to humiliate Pauline Marois," Assoum told CJAD's Barry Morgan on Monday, "my attempt was to talk and to give my concern about society...so we can enrich our dialogue and enrich our society.
Assoum added she was happy with the way the exchange played out.
"We live in a democracy and I know how freedom of speech is so important. Here in Quebec we have the opportunity to speak our minds and to say what's wrong."