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On Thursday, Catherine Dorion, a Member of the National Assembly for Québec solidaire, was pressured out of the provincial legislature. The reason? Her colleagues believed she was improperly dressed.
According to the Presse Canadienne, Dorion entered the Assembly’s Blue Room, where the debates are held, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt. When she arrived, some MNAs from other parties filed complaints about it to Speaker Francois Paradis. A Québec solidaire spokesperson said when Dorion was made aware of the complaints — which claimed that her clothing choice broke decorum — she chose to leave the chamber.
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Deputy speaker Chantal Soucy told reporters that “we have a decorum to respect, we reminded her of it several times, it was time to draw a line,” the Presse Canadienne reports. “She was not wearing clothing worthy of an MNA within the Blue Room.”
This isn’t the first (or even the second) time Dorion has been reprimanded in parliament for her clothing. On Oct. 31, she posted a photo on her Facebook account that showed her sitting on a desk in the Red Room, where official ceremonies are usually held, in heels and a skirt, with the caption “Happy Halloween.”
Many reports have said the outfit in the photo is meant to be her halloween costume because Dorion typically avoids more formal attire during parliamentary meetings.
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The Liberals filed a complaint to Paradis about Dorion’s photo, claiming that she was not respecting the decorum of the assembly and requesting that he investigate her actions
Dorion said she was “shocked and hurt” by the complaint.
Just last year, Paradis said the National Assembly’s dress code, which is in need of a modernization, will have to be reviewed, in part because of Dorion’s clothing choices. That time, it was for wearing Doc Martens boots.
She told reporters that modernizing the dress code would encourage younger citizens to become more interested in politics.
Paradis said the dress code review would be ““essential and healthy.”
With files from the Presse Canadienne
Hoodie-wearing Quebec MNA challenges the dress code, and takes heat for doing it .
Known for wearing tuques, T-shirts and Doc Martens in the legislature, Catherine Dorion is at the centre of a heated debate around what elected officials should wear to work. When Dorian showed up to the National Assembly wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt last week, it quickly became the latest flashpoint.Other MNAs complained, prompting Dorion to leave the legislature before question period. Her party said she was shaken. "I come to do my job and you tell me that because of what I look like — no, you don't fit it," Dorion later said on the Radio-Canada talk show Tout le monde en parle.