Maclean’s has apparently become required reading in Quebec’s National Assembly. In the last two weeks the premier, deputy government house leader and the leader of the official opposition have all raised (and, at times, shaken) copies of the magazine at one another during Question Period.
On Oct. 27, Charest brought a Maclean’s interview with Péquiste MNA Louise Beaudoin to the assembly’s attention. The interview, which touched on the PQ controversial citizenship bill, was of particular interest for Charest, who quoted the article in all its English glory, drawing howls of disgust from the péquiste opposition.
“She likes to speak English, it’s not my fault,” Charest said. “We all know that [Beaudoin] is a federalist in denial… She says that the law will remove rights from the citizens of Quebec.”
Earlier this week, Opposition Leader Pauline Marois raised the Nov. 9 issue, drawing the premier’s attention to the cover story, a less-than-rosy piece on Montreal. The PQ has called for a public inquiry into alleged graft and corruption in Quebec’s biggest city.”The premier must be proud of the front cover of Maclean’s, M. President,” Marois said. “Will the premier finally reestablish Quebec’s reputation in the only remaining credible way and call an independent public inquiry, M. President?”
Charest stood and reminded Marois that her own husband, Claude Blanchet, is mentioned in the article, for having ties to Tony Accurso, a powerful Montreal businessman who has been at the centre of the controversy. “She’s holding a copy of Maclean’s in her hands to show me, Mr. President, to show it to me. I think she should read the article, she would probably discover things that would astonish her.”
We think so too.