“I am in favour of sovereignty and I will work in that direction,” said Décarie previously.
With possible CPC leadership contender Richard Décarie facing widespread condemnation from Conservative candidates for his remarks on LGBTQ Canadians, it turns out that he was formerly a Quebec Separatist.
A 2004 Globe & Mail article included this description of Décarie:
“Mr. Décarie, as chief of staff to onetime Quebec industry minister Rita Dionne-Marsolais, was a senior PQ staffer from 1994 to 1996, under both Mr. Parizeau and Mr. Bouchard.
He had worked previously for Liberal premiers Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson, but switched parties in 1994, complaining they should have held their own referendum on sovereignty.
“I am in favour of sovereignty and I will work in that direction,” Mr. Décarie told La Presse then.”
Presumably, Décarie will now say he’s not a Quebec Separatist. Regardless, it seems highly unlikely that the Conservative base will be willing to consider a former Quebec Separatist as party leader.
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