PQ never sought legal opinion on its Charter: justice minister

PQ presents draft of Charter of Values.

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.

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  1. Scot posted on 05/01/2014 06:43 AM
    And this is surprising because...? Just another deception perpetrated by the PQ scum. What the Tea Party is to the US the PQ is to Canada. SCUM
  2. Gord posted on 05/01/2014 07:07 AM
    Of course they didn't have any advice on it, This was a ploy designed a long time ago to take them to the promised land, and on the way they got caught in a sink hole. Hopefully a bridge now collapses on the hole and makes them go away for ever.
  3. ric posted on 05/01/2014 07:56 AM
    LIES LIES LIES. This was the pq mandate. These slime balls just live on deception. I want the people who voted for them to please open your eyes for just a minute and see the lies and deception that was spewing from the pqist mouths. Lied about the deficit, lied about the charter, most destroyed documents, handed out money to buy votes. Now they're going to get together and blame everyone for LOSING.
  4. joeN posted on 05/01/2014 08:16 AM
    The past 18 months were nothing but a sham. Good thing the majority of voters opted to elect a government whose focus will be to put Quebec back on the rails.
  5. Joe posted on 05/01/2014 09:08 AM
    Who cares. Why are we opening a can of worms that was closed in the last election, and have no interest in using, put the money to good use. Enough has been wasted on that stupidity we need action on important issues.
  6. rob21 posted on 05/01/2014 09:58 AM
    I guess they forgot to shred all of the evidence against them before they took 10 days to leave office! All I can say is HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
  7. Kari posted on 05/01/2014 12:05 PM
    Am I surprised? NO.
    Am I totally disgusted...................YES.
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.
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