There is no justification for this partisan and wrong-headed choice. Dion hammers at it today:
Mr. Dion also said more energy should be spent moving forward to make Canada better, than planning on how to break up the country.We don't need a separatist activist - and he was active in the recent PQ leadership - investigating polling activities surrounding the 1995 referendum and using it to drive a wedge between the federal government and Quebec all for Harper's cheap attempt to play footsie with soft nationalists in Quebec. Witness:
The comment was made following Wednesday's announcement that the Conservative government had hired prominent Quebec separatist Daniel Paille to study whether there should be another judicial inquiry into sponsorship contracts awarded by the former Liberal government.
“I am well aware that there are talented people in the Parti Québécois and the Bloc Québécois, people with whom I have much in common,” he said. “Nevertheless, I maintain that part of their talent and potential to contribute to their fellow citizens is negated by their separatist ideology. As far as I am concerned, you need to believe in a country if you are to contribute your utmost to it.”
As recently as 2005, however, Paille was still part of the Parti Quebecois and still politically active - writing a scathing letter criticizing Andre Boisclair's leadership bid before throwing his support to Boisclair's rival Pauline Marois. In May 2006, Paille wrote an address to his mentor, Jacques Parizeau, in which he paid hommage to Parizeau's advice to turn over every rock, every argument, to realize the sovereignty of Quebec.Canadians should be outraged at Harper's overt partisan ploy at the expense of Canadian unity.
Revoke this appointment.