The presumed front-runner to lead the pro-Canada forces in Quebec is saying it's time to celebrate more than just the economic benefits of belonging to the country.
Philippe Couillard is one of three candidates vying to become the next leader of the provincial Liberals.
The former health minister said he wants to change the conversation of Quebec federalists from one of pure pragmatism to one that's more idealistic about the country.
He said it's wrong to let sovereigns occupy the idealism terrain while federalists focus only on practical benefits.
All three leadership hopefuls expressed their admiration for the shared values between Canada and Quebec in interviews with The Canadian Press ahead of Saturday's English-language leadership debate.
Former finance minister Raymond Bachand said Quebecers have a deeply-rooted view within their identity that they are also Canadian.
Ex-transport minister Pierre Moreau said Quebec has common values with Canada like justice, openness and tolerance — but he also touted the merits of being linked to Canada's strong economy.