MONTREAL — While its members appear divided on the question of secularism, Québec solidaire (QS) will offer a day of reflection next week to get a head in the face of this issue, on which the party will take a position on its national Council, in the month of march.
On 9 February, members of the left party will be gathered at Three Rivers to hear the panelists of all stripes, who will vote in particular on the vexed question of the wearing of religious signs.
Traditionally, QOS is supported by the “consensus Bouchard-Taylor”, which assumes that the wearing of religious signs is forbidden to officials in a position of authority.
According to the spokesperson Manon Massé, the opinion of Quebec has evolved since the publication of this report there are more than ten years, therefore an update is needed, she explained.
At the party congress last December, members of the party have openly criticized the approach of Bouchard-Taylor, which according to some, would lead to discrimination in employment. Last week, the member for Rosemont Vincent Marissal has also expressed doubts on this position, stating that he was not comfortable with that “someone can’t get a job” because of the wearing of religious symbols.
In an interview Sunday, Ms. Massé was hopeful to reconcile the opinions of all members.
“It’ll make good discussion and as always, we will succeed together to go to a position that will rally the majority,” she assured.
The members of Québec solidaire has also changed a lot over the past ten years. The party, which had representatives in Montreal, now has members elsewhere in Québec, Québec, passing through Sherbrooke, up to Rouyn-Noranda.
Ms. Massé, herself a member of parliament for Sainte-Marie?Saint-Jacques, is not believed, however, that this has repercussions on the debate.
“When the debate is done through our members, there were people of the Gaspé, Abitibi, there were people everywhere, so this is not new to have a representation of the entire province of Quebec, during our debates,” she argued.