CAQ bans MNAs from Canada Day festivities funding

The CAQ has set out new regulations that will prohibit members of the National Assembly from helping their communities celebrate Canada Day.

Until now MNA's have been allowed to dip into a discretionary fund to offer small amounts of money to offset the cost of the annual holiday.

The Journal de Montreal says under the new rules the MNA's will still be allowed to spend money for Fete Nationale celebrations, but not for Canada Day celebrations.

Funding activities that promote Quebec independence is also prohibited.

“To be trying to dictate (which celebrations MNAs can allocate fund to) is just so petty, and I hope they ignore them,” said Tom Mulcair, CJAD 800 Political Analyst and former Quebec Cabinet Minister.

MNA's have a total of about $100,000 to work with every year.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to remain within the rules, but we’ll find a way to make sure we are supporting Canada Day activities in my riding,” said Greg Kelley, Liberal MNA for Jacques-Cartier.

He says the Liberal Party was caught off guard by the rule changes, and is still trying to clarify how the rules will apply.

“It does seem quite odd that it was almost specifically targeted towards Canada Day,” Kelley said.

 

With files from Matthew Gilmour