Bernard Drainville feels the Parti Quebecois lost the election last week because voters were turned off by thoughts of another possible referendum on independence.
His comments are contained in a letter published in Le Devoir this morning.
Drainville says contrary to what several of his colleagues were saying in the aftermath of the election defeat April 7th, the Charter of Values had not played a fundamental role in the final results.
He says Quebecers knew of the PQ's position on secularism in the public sector since 2011 when the party adopted the concept as policy.
He says the issue was neither hidden nor a factor in the loss last week.
Drainville says the election turned on the single issue of the possibility of another referendum and he says the Marois government was prepared to compromise on the Charter, but any talk of modification ended when the Liberals and CAQ both announced their intention to vote against the budget which would have automatically triggered an election.
He also says with the Liberals in power the Charter of Values is dead.