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Justin Trudeau attacks democracy and the people of Quebec: Legault


MONTREAL –

Quebec Premier Francois Legault is criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for “attacking democracy and the people of Quebec” by proposing to limit the use of the defiant clause.

In a Tweet posted this morning, Legault said Trudeau’s expressed wish was a “frontal attack” on the nation’s ability to defend the collective rights of Quebec.

Legault was responding to an interview the prime minister gave La Presse in which he noted his intention to better regulate the use of the defiant clause, which allows provincial and territorial governments rejected certain provisions of the Constitution. He told La Presse that he is also considering taking the matter to the Supreme Court.

Legault said that no Quebec government had ever complied with the Constitutional Act of 1982, which he said “did not recognize the nation of Quebec.”

He said that governments led by the Parti Quebecois, the Liberal Party and the Avenir Quebec Coalition have all used the defiant clause, especially to protect the French language.

He said it was up to Québec’s parliament to decide the laws that would govern the province and that Québec would never accept such a weakening of its rights.

Since first coming to power in 2018, Legault’s government has invoked the defiant clause twice to protect recently enacted secularism laws and reform language laws from legal challenges. potential.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 21, 2023.

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