Campaign bits for Wednesday
The current campaign hot potato is secularity, with the PQ’s Trois-Rivières candidate Djemila Benhabib challenging the party to a debate on the famous crucifix in the National Assembly, which Pauline Marois decreed would survive her crusade against religious symbols in public life (meaning no hijab and I presume no kippa, but a-OK on crucifixes).
Marois would also oust the Queen from public life in Quebec; how she’d manage without the convenient legal fiction of “the crown” is not clear. Also, would she begin the process to rename the hundreds of institutions and streets in Quebec still named after Catholic saints?
For their part, Legault and Charest are categorical: the crucifix stays.
Tuesday, two Journal bloggers came out surprisingly in support of anglophones and against too-harsh language policing. Fagstein pondered how even the most nationalist parties will court the anglo vote in a pinch.
Meanwhile, Anglo pundits on OpenFile differ over whether Gaétan Barrette’s embonpoint is a legitimate political issue. Justin Ling says no, while summarizing responses in various media; Patrick Lejtenyi says yes it is.