I recently received in the mail literature from the Quebec government on the proposed Charter of Values, with the flag of Quebec prominently displayed, and I noticed that the flag had a prominent cross on it.
According to Wikipedia, the Quebec flag was officially flown by the government of Maurice Duplessis in 1948. It is called the Fleurdelise, and its direct predecessor was created by Elphege Filiatrault, a parish priest in Saint-Jude, Quebec.
Called the Carillon, it resembled the modern flag, except that the fleurs-de-lis were at the corners pointing inward. It was based on an earlier flag with no cross and with the figure of the Virgin Mary in the centre. The Fleurdelise takes its white cross from the ancient royal flags of France.
A 2001 survey by the North American Vexillological Association ranked the Fleurdelise as the best provincial or territorial flag, and the third best of the flags of all U.S. and Canadian provinces, territories and states.
Would public servants be able to wear any such flag symbols around St. Jean Baptiste Day? What about face-painting on campus?
Personally, and as a native Quebecer, I’m a big fan of the Fleudelise, and also a supporter of Bill 101, but the Charter does seem a bit odd in view of the flag; but then again, Parliament used to have a sovereigntist as Her Majesty’s loyal opposition in 1993.