Drainville accuses Liberals, QS of intolerance

Bernard Drainville
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Minister Bernard Drainville is accusing the Liberals and Quebec Solidare of "demagoguery" and spreading "falsehoods."

In a particularly salty opinion piece published in the Huffington Post, Drainville says his party's two main opponents are using every tool at their disposal to demonize his secularism charter.

He says his party has always carried out the debate with a great sense of respect. "Sadly, that's not the case for our adversaries, who don't hesitate to call us names, us and the majority of Quebecers who think the best way to protect all religions is for the state to have none."

"We must realize that it's Françoise David and Philippe Couillard's parties that encourage division, that point fingers, and show intolerance."

Demands apology from QS

The premier is also demanding an apology from Quebec Solidaire because one of its spokespeople, Andrés Fontecilla, said during a debate that similar policies in France were originally heralded by the extreme right-wing Front Nationale.

The host of the 98.5 FM radio station had asked Drainville and Fontecilla during a debate whether they say a link between legislation on religious symbols in France and racism in that country.

"I would simply like to remark that France is far from being an example of integration. The problems between communities have been exacerbated by these laws and I would like to point out to Mister Drainville that the theme of secularism had been appropriated from the French right, and even the extreme right, Mister Sarkozy and Ms. Marine La Pen," says Fontecilla.

The comment drew Drainville's rage. "If I understand you well, you are comparing the Parti Quebecois with the Front National and the extreme right. You should be ashamed and should apologize immediately," he said.

The PQ later sent out a press release calling on Quebec Solidaire to apologize for "insulting attacks" and "lies."

PQ candidates

Last week, one of the Parti Quebecois' candidates withdrew from the race after admitting to sharing a photo that said "F___ islam." He is also alleged to have praised the Front National's Marine La Pen on Facebook.

Another candidate, said on Sunday that she apologized if anyone had been hurt by her remarks comparing circumcision to rape and speaking of a "kosher tax," which some believe to be an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

The candidate did not say she no longer believes in these ideas and she is still running for the party.

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  1. DAEMONCAN posted on 03/18/2014 09:48 AM
    Just another day in the bizzaro world of the PQ.
  2. maria posted on 03/18/2014 10:18 AM
    They should call this guy Spin Doctor - he loves to spin things that makes the pq look like the good guy - They are the ones who show intolerance, they are the ones who want to restrict Quebec Canadians - they are the ones who are accepting of a racist to run in their party (louise mailloux ) does everyone realize that she also said Baptisims are also like rape - drainville is the one who treated everyone who came to the hearings on bill 60 and did not agree with him, he just shut them down and showed a intolerance for their position - he should have apologized plenty of times at those hearings but he did not.
    I think it is about time he gets off his high horse.
  3. Mordechai posted on 03/18/2014 10:47 AM
    It's the (lobster) pot calling the kettle black. Someone should tell them that when you point a finger at someone else, three fingers are pointing back at you!
  4. West Island Frank posted on 03/18/2014 11:17 AM
    Typical PQ rhetoric “accuse others of your own crimes and hope you actually fooled someone”
  5. Really posted on 03/18/2014 11:52 AM
  6. Realist posted on 03/18/2014 02:34 PM
    M. Drainville "says his party has always carried out the debate with a great sense of respect". I find this very hard to believe. This is the man who said that he would have consultations but not listen to them since his mind was already made up.

    M. Drainville's idea of respect is to allow testimony before his commision that some Quebecers find it frightening to see people in a muslem country praying in their own fashion, and to call it being "sur ces pates" which is highly insulting.

    On the other hand M. Drainville does not respect the right of institutions to reject his views and asks them if they cant't say something nice about the charter.

    The only falsehoods that seem to have come out of this discussion is the respect that the PQ has for anyone not pur laine.
  7. yaaaa ok posted on 03/18/2014 03:29 PM
    No one has to trash Drainville about his values, seems he's taken care of that himself.
  8. Elmer posted on 03/19/2014 09:15 AM
    I heartely agree with M. Drainville that the state should not have a religious bias. But given the close ties incesteoous relationship between culture and religion, the state should not have a cultural bias either. This is clearly not the case with respect to the charter he is proposing.
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