What hidden agenda? (Oh, that one) - Macleans.ca

What hidden agenda? (Oh, that one)


The always entertaining Denis Lessard of La Presse has picked up on what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives apparently missed: the party’s candidate for  Saint-Bruno–Saint-Hubert is/was a member of a ultra-secretive Catholic quasi-cult that encourages the occasional self-flagellation of its members in the name of Jesus Christ. Oops!

It seems Nicole Charbonneau Barron neglected to mention her allegiances to Opus Dei, even though she was one of a handful of spokespersons representing Quebec’s 220 members during The Da Vinci Code fiasco a couple of years ago (scroll to the bottom. Warning: self-plug!), and gave ad hoc literary criticism of Dan Brown’s pulp during several press interviews.

To be fair, though, it’s not like she a, uh, prayer of winning anyways. In 2006, the Bloc won the riding by over 14,000 votes.


What hidden agenda? (Oh, that one)

  1. Gee – that makes her as fair-right as Tony Blair’s Minister of Education. Scary – could the Canadian Conservatives really swing as far right as the Labour Party in Britain?


  2. That woman may not have disclosed her allegiance to Opus Dei, but its not as if she tried to hide it either. After all, she went public two years ago as being the spokesperson for Opus Dei in Quebec, at the time of the Da Vinci controversy. She then clarified, so to speak, the issue of self-inflicted physical penances for the members of that organization. This did not go unnoticed at the time. I cant see how anyone at the PC could complain to her for not having been told about this, unless the tories still really dont care about whats going on in Quebec. In such a case, too bad for them.