Drainville denies Charter played role in PQ defeat

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.

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  1. Paul posted on 04/14/2014 08:10 AM
    At least he can always get a job writing revisionist history, he's very good at that.
    1. George73 posted on 04/15/2014 04:03 PM
      @Paul Well I guess there aren't many other ways for him to make a contribution to society. Afterall, his salary is solely paid for by the taxpayer and any income taxes he pays simply get recycled back into his own pocket.

      He's the gift that keeps on giving - nothing.

      The fact that an individual who for months prior to the election had shown himself to be so totally intolerant of a conflicting point of view, let alone a religious one, will continue to draw a salary from the public purse is disgusting. And then for the same individual to state that he was willing to compromise. The only thing he appears to be willing to compromise is his own believability. Initially he would say anything to keep the PQ in power, Now that they aren't and there is a party leadership up for grabs, he will comprise his own previously held position.

      The PQs biggest problem is not determining what makes them relevant anymore. Its the quality of the candidates they field. If they do not want to be perceived by the rest of the world as intolerant opportunists, maybe they should attempt to stop attracting such individuals to their party and kick out all of those that have shown themselves for what the are.
  2. ric posted on 04/14/2014 08:20 AM
    The 3 major reasons the pq were destroyed in the elections are:
  3. joeN posted on 04/14/2014 08:34 AM
    Wow, the same guy who came down hard on any dissenting presentation during the so called democtratic debate of the charter of intolerance is now back peddling and saying he was willing to compromise. The voters of Quebec have given you and the PQ party of lies, distortion of truth, the instigators of hatred and division a resounding no to your charter, no to another referendum, no to your incompetence, no to the fabrication of issues that don't exit. Suggest you and the rest of the PQ sore losers get on a plane and find yourself an island where you can live out your absurd dreams of a country. You are persona non grata here.
  4. jonico posted on 04/14/2014 08:43 AM
    I would love to be a fly on the wall since the election in the PQ conference room. They must be swinging at each other. PQ will NEVER get back in as they refuse to learn from their mistakes. They historically have & still blame everything but themselves for their failures. Charter, referendums, c'est la faute du federale, anglos, ethnic & money, some even blamed social media & journalists. If they would have focused on making Quebec a better, economical province instead of conjuring tactics to divide, they wouldn't have been beaten so bad. Narcisstic, I'm never wrong & 70's backward way of thinking is what got them in this mess that they'll never get out. You deserve what you got!!!!!
  5. John posted on 04/14/2014 08:48 AM
    OH M. Drainville you and your PQ buddies really do live in a bubble don't you ??

    The 75% of the population who didn't vote PQ wanted only one thing and that was some sort of stability for the first time in 18 months .

    Move on with your life SVP
  6. Joe posted on 04/14/2014 09:33 AM
    So you have finally admitted the PQ's reason for existence does not exist. Seventy five percent said NO to any of your parties platform, so it is either the PQ disappears or retools itself and forgets about separation which by now realizes that and especially that, plus the charter is what got their sorry asses kicked to the curb for pick-up.
    The other parties had some meat in their platforms, you clowns showed up with 40 year old ideas.
    Bernie you and your clan have not figured out that people want to prosper in life and have decided Canada is the way to go, and until the clans ideas eg... the white paper, or we will wait x amount of days ala Parizeau and the other Bernie, or we will be sneaky ala Bouchard, now after 40 years this has not worked one would think the clan get the message.
  7. Maki posted on 04/14/2014 09:36 AM
    Really? Did he ask every single voter who and why they voted? Thank the stars they got fubared these people. Just disapear already.
  8. ssm posted on 04/14/2014 09:43 AM
    If the electorate goes dense and/or ultra right wing and//or ethno nationalist, and/or supremacist again, they'll know where to place their faith. In the mean time, the electorate seems happy with the election results.
  9. Diane Gilbert posted on 04/14/2014 10:00 AM
    Possibility of a referendum, the charter to stiffle religious freedoms and their arrogance and propaganda of discrimination and abusive role from the OFLQ all contributed to their demise.
  10. Wanderlust posted on 04/14/2014 10:47 AM
    Mr Drain Ville,

    Please go away, we are tired of your values.
    Quebecers have always had good values.
    Please let us re-build a great Province which the PQ has
    done so much damage to in the last 18 months.

    Take a well deserved rest FOREVER!
  11. Joey posted on 04/14/2014 01:43 PM
    I really do not care what Drainville says!!! The charter divided the people of Quebec which did not help. PKP did not help the situation with his fist and his phrase "une pays pour mes enfants." Seperation! How could educated people in this party be so oblivious to the really of what the PQ stands for. They have their head so deeply inserted in the sand that they can see China! The reality is the people of Quebec do not want a charter or a referendum. Once the PQ will start listening to the people of Quebec instead of being so hard headed and blind, they will amount to something. By the way Drainville, if you are reading this comment, it is the Quebec people (all races) paying your salary.

    God I dislike this party.

  12. Max posted on 04/14/2014 04:32 PM
    I think there may be some truth in what he says - It was the referendum talk that started their poll numbers going down the toilet. The charter (as stupid as it is) was what got the PQ's numbers high enough that they called the election.
  13. Daemoncan posted on 04/15/2014 09:50 AM
    Translation: C'est pas ma faute!
  14. G.j posted on 04/16/2014 11:30 PM
    One can fail many times. It's only after blaming others that you become a failure.
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