English media ’pathetic’ in coverage of PQ secularism plan, says former premier

National Post | News

QUEBEC — The media of English Canada are to blame for pathetic, unfair coverage of the Parti Quebecois’ controversial minorities plan, according to prominent Pequistes.

A former premier called the coverage pitiful. And a current cabinet minister took to Twitter to condemn it Tuesday.

The complaints about the Anglo fourth estate came amid a furor over an impending plan by the PQ government to restrict public employees’ right to wear religious clothing.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, ex-premier Bernard Landry said he can’t accept some of the complaints directed at the Quebecois.

“I take pity on some of Canada’s English newspapers,” Landry said.

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“It’s infuriating but it’s so pathetic to go and say that Quebec is xenophobic and racist — when from the start of our national adventure we intermingled with Amerindians. The majority of us have Amerindian roots, one-quarter of us have Irish roots, we have…

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