Female MNA barred from National Assembly after clothing deemed inappropriate

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Québec solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion.


Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE

Several members of the National Assembly on Thursday succeeded in denying Québec Solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion access to its Blue Room, where the provincial legislature sits in debate, because they considered her to be improperly dressed.

Dorion, who has already been the centre of several controversies because of her what she wears, showed up a the legislature wearing a hooded sweatshirt and some MNAs from other parties threatened to raise the issue with the speaker of the National Assembly during Thursday’s session, in the name of decorum.

It is extremely rare if not unheard of for an MNA to be barred access to the Blue Room, elected provincial representatives being the only people allowed on its floor.

Speaker François Paradis informed Québec Solidaire leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of the complaints, who then passed the message to Dorion.

A Québec Solidaire  spokesperson said Dorion did “not fell welcome” in the chamber and left.

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,” she said. “She was not wearing clothing worthy of an MNA within the Blue Room.”

Québec Solidaire, meanwhile, says it wants to know who it was who threatened to complain to Paradis about Dorion.

Thursday’s incident is the latest in a series of controversies surrounding Dorion’s clothing choices, which usually see her wear a t-shirt and Doc Martens boots to the legislature but also saw her recently pose for a photo in the National Assembly’s Red Room, used for official ceremonies, wearing a skirt and heels as part of her Halloween costume.