The Parti Québécois' secularism charter may be dead, but it continues to create controversy.
A report this morning suggests the PQ may have flat-out lied when it insisted it had obtained a legal opinion from the justice department on Bill 60, before it was to be tabled in the National Assembly.
Quebec's new justice minister, Stéphanie Vallée, says she received a letter from the PQ's former junior justice minister, Nathalie Drouin, saying the former Marois government never got any such legal opinion, and never even asked for one — contrary to what several members of the government had claimed at the time.
CJAD's political analyst Jean Lapierre says the omission is glaring.
"I remember the minister of justice, François St-Arnaud talking about that...I remember Madame Marois referred to that saying 'we've got legal opinions favorable to the charter' and this and that."
Neither St-Arnaud, nor the former minister responsible for drafting the charter, Bernard Drainville, are commenting on the matter.