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Québec Solidaire member leaves National Assembly over hoodie spat

FILE -- Quebec Solidaire member Catherine Dorion was denied access to legislature for showing up to work in a hoodie on Nov. 7, 2019.
FILE -- Quebec Solidaire member Catherine Dorion was denied access to legislature for showing up to work in a hoodie on Nov. 7, 2019. Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press

Québec solidaire MNA Catherine Dorion showed up for work wearing a hoodie on Thursday, creating a stir at the National Assembly.

MNAs from other parties complained and threatened to call on the president to take action against Dorion for contravening the dress code.

The legislature’s deputy speaker, Chantal Soucy, spoke to Dorion to let her know her outfit was not business attire.

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Québec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau Dubois clarified Dorion was not kicked out of the blue room, but left willingly.

“I won’t hide that she was upset by that situation and since she wanted to avoid it from being blown out of proportion, she decided to leave,” he said.

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It is the latest spat over the opposition member’s attire and decorum since her election in 2018.

Dorion has defended her work attire, which has included tank tops, boots, tuques and running shoes.

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The member for the Quebec City riding of Taschereau created controversy last week when she published a photo of herself in the legislature’s red room — a chamber reserved for official ceremonies — “dressed up” as a politician in business attire with the words “Happy Halloween.”

That prompted an ethics complaint from the Opposition Liberals this week.