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Culture minister Christine St-Pierre

c-st-pierre.jpgQuebec's culture minister Christine St-Pierre raised the ire of artists accross the province recently. 

 It all started when singer and storyteller Fred Pellerin refused to accept the Order of Quebec.  

Pellerin said he was honoured, but didn't feel right accepting the award when Quebec was in a social crisis. Pellerin wears the red square of the student movement. 

Christine St-Pierre responded by saying he has the right to wear it, but "we know what the red square says, it says violence, it says intimidation, it says preventing people from going to school". 

At the same time, many artists in the Francofolies festival were wearing red squares and incorporating protest into their shows. 

Listen to Jeanette's conversation with Christine St-Pierre.
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