Legault clarifies stance on MNAs' Canada Day funding

Premier François Legault corrected himself on Wednesday, providing a more nuanced interpretation of the new rules governing the discretionary spending fund that each MNA gets.

Earlier this week, Legault and one of his cabinet ministers suggested that MNAs would no longer be able to give grants for Canada Day celebrations because they promote federalism, in the same way that money could not be given to any initiative promoting sovereignty.

Now Legault is saying that neighbourhood parties staged as part of Canada Day celebrations are still eligible for funding.

Each year, MNAs get about $100,000 to support festivals and other community activities in their ridings.

Under the rules announced earlier this week, funding for Fête Nationale events would have been fine. A spokesperson for Isabelle Charest, the minister responsible for the discretionary fund, insisted the St. Jean celebrations promote Quebec, and not Quebec sovereignty.