Transport Minister Jean Lapierre demanded an apology yesterday from a Bloc Quebecois leader who said members of the federal Liberal party would be unwelcome in an independent Quebec. Lapierre, Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Quebec lieutenant, told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview he was “personally hurt” by Bloc house leader Michel Gauthier’s comments. Gauthier refused to apologize.
Because Lapierre is a founding father of that same separatist party perhaps we can understand how this hits close to home. However, I imagine that many federal Liberals aren’t much welcome in the rest of Canada (except for perhaps Toronto).