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."