Quebec Premier cites equalization, hockey as reasons to be proud Canadian

Quebec Premier Francois Legault stumbled this week when asked why he is proud to be Canadian.

Appearing before a legislature committee Wednesday, Legault was grilled by interim Parti Quebecois leader Pascal Berube about his attachment to Canada.

Berube, whose party is committed to pulling Quebec out of Canada, sensed a vulnerability in Legault, who before founding the Coalition Avenir Quebec was a PQ cabinet minister pitching the merits of sovereignty.

“I accept that Quebec is in Canada. I think there are advantages to remaining in Canada. First of all, $13 billion in equalization, that’s a good start. Next, well, there are the social programs that exist in Canada. There are good hockey teams in Canada …. There are advantages.”