Quebec Lawmaker Returns His Chair
Apr. 28, 1998
OTTAWA (AP) _ Parliament's furniture supply was back at full strength Tuesday, eight days after a maverick Quebec lawmaker walked out with his chair in an unorthodox protest against poverty.
Stephen Tremblay, who took the chair to his district north of Quebec City, said he returned it partly because he felt his stunt had succeeded.
``Now the focus should be on the debate I have set in motion rather than on the chair,'' Tremblay said.
The 24-year-old former bush pilot, who serves with the separatist Bloc Quebecois, said he received hundreds of supportive phone calls and messages.
``People from all over have asked if they can help me,'' he said. ``People who didn't necessarily believe in politics now feel involved in this debate.''
Tremblay said he plans to form a non-partisan citizens group to look into the widening gap between rich and poor, and the economic consequences of globalization.