Drainville say he always intended to compromise on charter

Marois and Drainville unveil the charter of values

Some of those who sat around the cabinet table when the PQ's Charter of Values was approved are now saying their party should have taken a different path.

At the same time, the man who trumpeted its virtues, Bernard Drainville, says he always intended to reach a compromise position.

"As of today, I am still confident that we could have found a compromise on the charter with la CAQ and that was my objective all along," said Drainville as he stepped into what could be his last cabinet meeting.

He also said the charter was had majority support among Quebecers, but that the party could not translate that support into votes.

Other members of the Marois government are publicly distancing themselves from the project.

Outgoing minister Alexandre Cloutier says his party should be trying to include more people under its umbrella, while the charter did the opposite.

"It's obvious that we need to re-examine our direction into identity politics," he said.

Jean-Francois Lisée says he wanted the charter to include a grandfather-clause in order to allow current public-sector employees to keep their jobs.

"I would have liked to have seen it in the first draft, but the discussion was still open."

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  1. Robert posted on 04/10/2014 04:29 PM
    Are these racists serious ?
    After all said and done and the damage these individuals have caused it is pathetic and sad that these pathetic losers have the mental illness to even make these statements especially after they responded in the manner they did to the groups they pacified and listened to but intentionally did not care to hear what they had to express towards their racist charter. Drainville, Marois Lisse et al
  2. LynneM_3103 posted on 04/10/2014 05:08 PM
    Hmmm...... very easy for Drainville to say that he always intended to reach a "compromise" - after the fact. But I don't buy what he's selling. He was too gung-ho and rigid for me, and I am sure many others, to ever believe it. And who exactly were they going to reach this "compromise" with? And they are still talking about it..............hmmm some more. Don't they realize that they lost?
    Everywhere I have been for the last two days people are smiling - haven't seen that in a very long time - and it's a really good feeling!!!!
  3. Sic posted on 04/10/2014 07:20 PM
    Too little ,too late and a pile of crap any way. You made your bed Drainville now you can lay in it .
  4. ssm posted on 04/10/2014 09:27 PM
    So now he is saying that he was not being truthful then but expects that we take this to be truthful. What a flexible politician. Quebecers have not been shown to be stupid enough to buy this, hence the election results. Lisée seems to share Drainville's dedication to truthiness as well.
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