This gives me pause. though I knew several dippers had close ties to the radical, Marxist, separatist Quebec Solidaire, I didn't know the ties were this close. Even the pq is mocking this.
NDP staffer to run for sovereigntist party Quebec solidaire in byelection
Jonathan Montpetit, The Canadian Press : Friday, September 09, 2011 6:5 PM
MONTREAL - A political aide for the federal NDP will run for a provincial sovereigntist party in an upcoming Quebec byelection, opening the door to further scrutiny of the allegiances of its MPs.
Patricia Chartier, a staffer for Quebec MP Philip Toone, confirmed to The Canadian Press she will be the Quebec solidaire candidate in the provincial riding of Bonaventure.
The Parti Quebecois, Quebec's biggest sovereigntist party, used Twitter to attack the apparent contradiction in Chartier's political loyalties.
"Federalist at work and sovereigntist on the campaign?," Pascal Berube, PQ member of the national assembly, wrote Friday.
Berube questioned in a later post if Toone would openly throw his support to his political attache running for a sovereigntist party.
The NDP and Toone did not return calls placed Friday afternoon.