PQ sends mixed message with announcement of candidate Djemila Benhabib


CHRISTINNE MUSCHI , REUTERS

At first the Parti Québécois’ announcement of a woman candidate in Trois-Rivières, Djemila Benhabib, who was raised in Algeria appears to be a breath of fresh air.  However, according to Don Macpherson’s column in The Gazette, things are not as fresh as they may seem. Many local voters admit to not being terribly keen on voting for someone they consider to be a foreigner. And Pauline Marois herself is sending a mixed message.

In her first speech to the PQ as its leader, she said: “Let’s stop being afraid. … Afraid to seem intolerant. … Afraid to speak of memory, of history, of people, of identity, of culture.”

Soon afterward, she introduced a “citizenship” bill that, among other things, would have required migrants to Quebec seeking elected office, even Canadian citizens from other provinces, to pass French and citizenship tests and swear a loyalty oath to the Quebec people.

As if this summer hadn’t been scorching enough, it looks like we’re in for a hot campaign as well.

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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