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Quebec demands formal apology for controversial issues in English debate

Quebec demands formal apology for controversial issues in English debate

A question for Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet in last week’s English leader debate continues to hit waves.

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QUEBEC – The National Assembly calls for an apology from the consortium of media broadcasters who drafted a controversial issue that Quebec has discriminatory laws for the English leaders’ debate last week.

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By unanimous vote on Tuesday, MNAs adopted a party of Québécois-sponsored proposals calling for a formal apology for “hostile lawsuit against the Quebec nation during the English-speaking televised debate on September 9, 2021.”

A copy of the proposal will be sent to members of the Debate Broadcast Group, which includes APTN News, CBC, CTV and the Global News chain, as well as the debate’s moderator, Shachi Kurl, president of Angus Reid.

MNAs also adopted another proposal, this sponsored by the Quebec Liberals, and condemned Kurl’s statement in the preamble to her question to Bloc Québécois leader Yves François Blanchet.

It says that Quebec forms an “open, free, strong, and proud nation that is fully capable of having honest discussions on often delicate issues and legislating on such matters,” which is under the jurisdiction of the National Assembly.

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“We demand an end to the Quebec bash, a phenomenon that hinders the functioning of the Canadian Federation and seeks to negatively generalize sensitive issues,” and which “portrays Quebec in an unfair and negative way.”

Friday, after Prime Minister François Legault described the question Kurl asked as an attack on the Quebec nation.

The debate broadcast group responded with a statement saying the question was designed to give Blanchet a chance to explain his views on the laws, Bill 21 on state secularism and Bill 96 on reforming the Charter for the French language.

“The issue was explicitly about these laws,” the statement said. “The question did not indicate that Quebecers are racists.”

Support for the bloc has nevertheless increased since the debate.

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But the statement did not settle the cases. On Tuesday, when the National Assembly resumed work after the summer break, the question roared to life at a morning conference where PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon struck.

He said Legault’s response, which was to propose the organizers apologized, was not harsh enough.

“We apologize for this,” he told reporters. “We are tired of this, tired of contempt, tired of insults.”

He said he was not surprised that the story of the debate has been largely ignored in the rest of Canada.

“It is because everyone thinks it is normal that it is correct. It shows the magnitude of how normal it is in Canada to treat Quebec with contempt. The same thing happened in 2019. They do not even ask themselves the question. That’s a fact. “

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The federal election dominated the season’s first question period, with Prime Minister François Legault continuing his campaign to try to influence the way Quebecers vote next Monday. Last week, he approved the federal conservatives.

“What I have said several times and will continue to say until September 20 is that there are three parties, the Left, the NDP and the Green Party, that threaten the autonomy of the Quebec nation,” Legault said.

“So there are two blue parties left.”

“Mr Speaker, you will notice that there is no longer a crucifix, it is away from the blue room (in the legislature),” Liberal leader Dominique Anglade shot back at Legault. “We do not need a prime minister playing the role. as a 1950s priest who tells people what to think and who to vote for. “

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Legault tried to counterattack and struck with the news that Liberal House leader André Fortin was helping prepare Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for the leaders’ debates by advising him on Quebec.

Legault said it shows Anglades Liberals are too close to Trudeau.

“For us, things are clear,” Legault said. “We are not selling our soul for federal money. Who is the real boss of the (house) leader of the Liberal Party? ”

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