Don Macpherson: The PQ, protector of the flock
Action démocratique du Québec, a forerunner of the present Coalition Avenir Québec party, showed the potential of opposing the “accommodation” of minority religions in the 2007 general election, when it rose to the official opposition and temporarily relegated the PQ to third-party status.
When Pauline Marois became PQ leader after that election, she vowed that the PQ would never again concede identity issues to another party, or be “afraid to seem intolerant” in doing so. Hence the promise in the PQ’s last election platform of what has become the “charter of values.”
And now it may be that, as commentator Jérôme Lussier recently wrote on his blog for L’actualité magazine, pitting Quebecers against each other is “practically all the PQ has left.”