PQ’s lack of legal advice on secular charter puts ex-minister on defensive – The Globe and Mail

Fully appropriate comment on Bernard Drainville and the PQ:

The latest volley against him came from Gérard Bouchard, the historian and sociologist who co-chaired a public inquiry into issues of reasonable accommodation.

“We now know the sinister role played by the Marois-Drainville tandem,” Mr. Bouchard wrote in a letter published in La Presse Tuesday.

He said the charter was a project where “imbecility (let’s call it by its name) was competing with dishonesty.”

Mr. Bouchard also called on Mr. Drainville to resign from his legislature seat. “For more than a year, he repeatedly made incendiary and deceitful remarks to pit the majority of Quebeckers against minorities and immigrants.”

PQ’s lack of legal advice on secular charter puts ex-minister on defensive – The Globe and Mail.

Excerpt from Bouchard letter here:

On sait le rôle plutôt sinistre qu’y a joué le tandem Marois-Drainville. Il a été largement commenté et, avec raison, fortement condamné. Il faut aller plus loin. Il y a un grand ménage à faire dans le parti. Tous ceux qui l’ont conduit sur la voie de l’intolérance, de l’hypocrisie et de l’amateurisme doivent s’en aller. Quant à ceux qui ont carrément versé dans la démagogie la plus effrontée soit en multipliant les mensonges à la population, soit en encourageant cette pratique par leur silence complaisant, on se demande s’ils se qualifient encore pour occuper une charge politique ou même une fonction publique.

Au-delà du tort causé au Parti québécois, ces manoeuvres duplessistes ont déçu bien des honnêtes gens. Elles ont discrédité, à leurs yeux, l’ensemble du politique.

Drainville doit démissionner

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Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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