I hope God exists, but I can't confirm that: Legault

Could premier François Legault be open to a personal spiritual awakening?

Speaking with reporters at the National Assembly on Wednesday morning, he said he isn't sure if God exists, but he hopes so.

"I hope God exists, but I don't have confirmation," he said. "As people get older, it's a question we ask more and more often."

As the debate over Bill 21, the Legault government's state secularism bill, continues to rage, a radio reporter, Louis Lacroix with Cogeco, started asking questions about the personal beliefs of some of the major players involved in the ongoing debate at the National Assembly. And the musings on religion from Legault — a non-practising Catholic — seem to be the deepest of the lot so far.

"We could say that God exists, or we could say everything was created by chance," he said. "but it's a pretty special chance that there was a big bang, life, and human beings that think. The two options are valid. Nobody can confirm, using science, either position. What I hope is that God exists. If not, life would be unjust."

The same question was asked of Hélène David, the MNA for Marguerite-Bourgeoys, who is the Liberal Party's point person at this week's Bill 21 hearings, who didn't say anything about her religious convictions, but waved a copy of Bill 21 and curtly pointed out the bill deals with state secularism, not personal secularism.

Québec Solidaire's Sol Zanetti said he was a non-believer, and pointed out that in many places outside the United States, the personal beliefs of politicians or those running for political office are seldom an issue.

The Parti Québécois' interim leader Pascal Bérube didn't share his beliefs either, and neither did Simon Jolin-Barrette, the CAQ's minister responsible for Bill 21.