Monday, May 14, 2007

Marois is not an Ethnic Nationalist

From today's Star: an incredible non-sequitur on the PQ and nationalism.

Marois stirred the crowd by pledging a shift to a more pragmatic economic policy and also signalled a change in the way the PQ will address questions of identity; for more than a decade the emphasis has been on civic rather than ethnic nationalism.

"The values we share, whatever our origins, are well known: we are francophones first and foremost ... democratic, tolerant, but desiring the respect of our identity," she said.

The remark was clearly aimed at winning back voters wooed by the grassroots, traditionalist appeal of the Action démocratique du Québec, which bumped the PQ as official Opposition.

There is nothing in the above quote which suggests that Marois favours a turn away from civic nationalism (perhaps the writers confused language with ethnicity?) If anything, it reinforces the current direction of the PQ on the issue of nationalism - which is a rejection of ethnic nationalism.

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