There’s a discussion going on about whether Easter is a religious holiday, and I mention this mostly because this debate is chronic and will be back during the next provincial election and later. Jean-François Lisée has staked out the position that neither Christmas nor Easter is a religious holiday. They are cultural, and while “la religion divise, la culture unit.”
Lisée is not a stupid man, and clearly he must know it’s an easy trap to assume that what we feel to be culturally neutral is objectively neutral, whereas it’s always totally based on our own biases. But he knows that taking this position is politically canny, following the PQ line that none of Quebec’s Catholic baggage is religious, while anyone else’s religious symbolism is religious and should be banned from the public sphere.
Even Richard Martineau disagrees with him.