PQ driving home the Charter message

The Parti Québécois is throwing down the charter gauntlet.

Halfway through this election campaign, the party is now focussing its message on the proposed secular charter and that only a majority PQ government can deliver it.

The PQ minister in charge of the charter said talking up the issue at this point is part of the game plan. Bernard Drainville dismissed suggestions recent polls putting the Quebec Liberal party ahead had anything to do with it.

"It's the game plan and we're sticking to it," he told reporters.

Drainville held a news conference flanked by four female minority candidates who took turns discussing how the charter is positive for Quebec society and how the debate has negatively affected supporters of the proposed leigislation. Joining Drainville at the podium were Djemila Benhabib, candidate for the Mille-Îles riding in Laval, Yasmina Chouakri, running in Anjou–Louis-Riel, Leila Mahiout, candidate in Bourassa-Sauvé and Évelyne Abitbol, who is running in Acadie.

Drainville said after visiting 15 ridings outside Montreal in 15 days, Quebeckers have been telling him they want the charter and he's telling them:

"A vote for the Parti Québécois is a vote for (the charter) and a vote for the Parti Liberal is a vote against (the charter)," Drainville said.

"If we want to move ahead with the charter, if we want to adopt it, we need to have a majority government of the Parti Québécois, that's pure and simple."

Drainville said only a majority PQ government can make the proposed charter law because the other parties are against it.

"The most radical form of opposition to the charter is coming from Philippe Couillard and the Liberal Party who have said they will do everything in their power to stop the charter from being adopted," Drainville said.

"They will actually tear it apart. This is the position of Philippe Couillard, they will tear it apart."

Drainville said he visited 15 ridings in 15 days including his own in South Shore Marie-Victorin, Rivière-du-Loup and Lotbinière, but none so far in Montreal. But Drainville insisted it's not only about Montreal and that the charter will mean cohesion and harmony for all.

"There's no difference between a citizen living in Côte-des-Neiges or Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and a citizen living in Saguenay or the Gaspésie, they're all Quebeckers," Drainville said.

Drainville said Couillard doesn't even favour rules against face coverings in the civil service, as his predecessor, former premier Jean Charest did.

"On the whole issue of niqab and burqa, he's actually under, sub-Charest, that's how low he is," Drainville said.

Drainville is asking leaders of the other parties if they're willing to consent to continue with the adoption of the proposed charter so they don't have to start from scratch.

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  1. Barcham posted on 03/19/2014 05:31 PM
    I wonder how many people in those 15 ridings have ever seen or spoken to a person wearing a kippa or niqab or turban or even a person who's skin was anything but white?

    A vote for the PQ is a vote for xenophobia and bigotry.
  2. LMAO posted on 03/19/2014 06:29 PM
    "There's no difference between a citizen living in Côte-des-Neiges or Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and a citizen living in Saguenay or the Gaspésie, they're all Quebeckers," Drainville said.

    Then why do you need a charter to create one?
    1. sam posted on 03/20/2014 03:04 AM
      @LMAO NO drainville. In reality some of those mentioned are more identifiable as Montrealers than Quebecers. This will be clearer when a "majority" is indicated democratically in the upcoming election. What will be the % indication of Montreal's distinctiveness???
  3. Mike d posted on 03/19/2014 08:53 PM
    Their children must be so proud!
  4. Markymark posted on 03/19/2014 09:20 PM
    This is it then........? ........this is the the prime reason to elect a PQ government...?............this is what will make Quebec the envy of the civilized world?......leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else.........a veritable economic powerhouse on the world stage.....everyone will want in..........corporations will be banging down doors.......doctors and engineers will come in their thousands........taxes will fall.......schools will flourish.....all because we have......a hat law. Yay us.
  5. baryy allen posted on 03/19/2014 11:39 PM
    WHAT A COLLAPSE BY THE PQ! Now they are in FULL PANIC MODE!! They are running like scared rabbits!!!
    They will try any dirty trick no matter how unscrupulous to try to get back in the lead.
    These PQ s have even brought up Arthur Porter.
    WHERE IS CLAUDE BLANCHET the husband of Pauline Marois who is alleged in the Charboneau hearings to be involved in illegal transactions and "DEALS" with ???

    If there is any "Karma" the PQ will be crushed in this election.Racism and bigotry MUST be defeated at all costs.
  6. ssM posted on 03/20/2014 02:58 AM
    Avote for the charter is a vote in favor of the precepts of the extreme right in France. A vote against the charter is a vote supporting the rights to freedom of victimless individual belief and behavior and the state's support of victimless freedom of thought and action. Let's see where Quebec stands and where Montreal stands democratically when the ballots are, hopefully fairly and honestly counted.
  7. Joey posted on 03/20/2014 02:00 PM
    I am so fed up of them and their charter, separation, bills on the language and of course the OLF etc. There were no issues before they started them.

    I am still trying to figure out how come this party has not been abolished by the federal governments of the past. They are nothing but trouble and they do not serve a purpose.

    Good Luck Mr. P. Couillard and may God Bless You! I am behind you 100%.

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