I am very unhappy with this stupid motion. I congratulate Andre Arthur and condemn my own party's MPs. It was cowardly to denounce Maclean's in parliament. I am pretty mad.
But the suggestion that all of Quebec was the “most corrupt province” was too much, apparently, for MPs from all parties, who unanimously supported the motion from Bloc Quebecois MP Pierre Paquette “that this House, while recognizing the importance of vigorous debate on subjects of public interest, expresses its profound sadness at the prejudice displayed and the stereotypes employed by Maclean’s Magazine to denigrate the Quebec nation, its history and its institutions.”
Andre Arthur, an independent MP from the Quebec City region, objected at first to Paquette’s request for unanimous consent on the motion, but after Arthur left the House of Commons, Paquette re-introduced the motion and it was adopted with many MPs from all sides standing to applaud.
“For anybody in Quebec and in Canada, it’s not the kind of debate we want,” Paquette said after the vote. “It’s a good sign for democracy in Canada and in Quebec.”
Arthur said Paquette’s motion was inappropriate.
“Parliament has no business to criticize the work of reporters,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Quebec City, Premier Jean Charest demanded an apology from the magazine.