While I think Liberal MNA Fatima Houda-Pepin coming out seemingly in favour of the PQ’s Charter of
Hate Secularism is more of a strategic move than real support (she suddenly came out against the chador in the National Assembly after the Liberals said they’d support it… but only after Pauline Marois claimed Philippe Couillard was muzzling his pro-charter MNAs – how convenient), she did make a very good point that anglos and federalists who support the Liberals no matter what should always keep in mind:
It was the Liberal Party of Quebec – who is supposed to be the great defender of minorities and federalism in Quebec that used the Notwithstanding Clause to withdraw from the Supreme Court decision that Bill 101 went too far.
Houde-Pepin talks proudly about how the Bourassa Liberals limited freedom of expression, going so far as calling it a fundamental liberty.
From radio-canada.ca: La libérale Houda-Pepin en rupture avec son parti sur la laïcité
« Est-il nécessaire de rappeler que le Parti libéral du Québec a déjà limité la liberté d’expression (liberté fondamentale) en matière d’affichage commercial, par voie législative, et qu’il a même eu recours à la clause nonobstant pour soustraire sa loi à la Charte des droits et libertés de la personne du Québec et à la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés? »
The next time you hear people going on about how the CAQ is to be feared and the PLQ is the only good choice, think about what Houda-Pepin said and think about what Robert Bourassa did.
It’s time to move past identity politics and talk about what really matters: Jobs, health care & education.