Dan Delmar: Dissecting Drainville’s faulty identity rhetoric | National Post

Good dissection by Dan Delmar on the hapless rationalizations and excuses of former Minister Drainville, the main public face of the Charter:

Indeed, the Charter of Values didn’t go far enough in a number of areas; among them, the supposed secularization of institutions. A good start would be to cut financing and tax breaks to religious organizations and private religious schools; to stop funding the incessant and costly renovation of the plethora of churches in Quebec that no one attends; to, again, remove the Assembly’s crucifix, because no credible secular jurisdiction has Jesus Christ perched above the heads of men and women who are enacting laws.

Drainville also wanted to curb Islamism: You can’t counter ghettoization by further excluding Muslims from the government jobs they weren’t able to get in the first place. During a campaign press conference featuring former Premier Pauline Marois, I wandered off into the very next room of an east-end Montreal employment centre. A dozen people were receiving job training; nearly all were visible minorities and four were hijabi women. Marois, like Drainville, didn’t seem to comprehend how their Charter would exacerbate the problem of ethnic integration.

Dan Delmar: Dissecting Drainville’s faulty identity rhetoric | National Post.

Dan Delmar: The Parti Québécois’ shadow media empire | National Post

The points on Quebecor’s role in identity politics are interesting:

“Some people sell cheap perfume,” the National Post’s Andrew Coyne wrote this week. “Mr. Péladeau is in the cheap-emotion end of things, peddling different brands of phony outrage to different audiences.”

Since the first Quebec “reasonable accommodation” crisis of 2007, Péladeau’s newspapers have featured prominent reports and columns about ethnic integration in Quebec society — or, more accurately, an alleged lack thereof.

When’s Drainville’s Nebraska precedent turned out to be based on an artifact from the segregation era, the issue was ignored by Quebecor

That crisis, highlighted by the town of Hérouxville’s anti-Muslim “cod of behaviour,” boosted then Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) leader Mario Dumont to the position of leader of the official opposition (his party later folded, and many members joined the Coalition Avenir Québec). Dumont is now a host on Péladeau’s news network, LCN.

Hérouxville, and the Bouchard-Taylor Commission called in response to the issue (whose findings were ignored by the PQ), is seen as a precursor to Drainville’s Charter of Values.

Dan Delmar: The Parti Québécois’ shadow media empire | National Post.