PQ not laughing over blog joke about former leader

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Questions are being raised about the taste of a Maclean's magazine blog that invites readers to post jokes about the health of the ailing Jacques Parizeau.

The posting plays on Parizeau's comment from the night of the 1995 sovereignty referendum that his Yes side lost because of "money and the ethnic vote."

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Questions are being raised about the taste of a Maclean's magazine blog that invites readers to post jokes about the health of the ailing Jacques Parizeau.

The posting plays on Parizeau's comment from the night of the 1995 sovereignty referendum that his Yes side lost because of "money and the ethnic vote."

The call for online readers to share "money and ethnics" jokes was posted as the 79-year-old was being treated at Montreal's Jewish General Hospital.

The hospital where Parizeau was admitted Monday is in one of Canada's most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods.

Parti Quebecois member Pierre Curzi says the blog is a cheap shot at a man whose life may have been in danger.

The hospital said Wednesday the ex-premier was in stable condition and improving after suffering from exhaustion related to a drop in blood pressure.

Curzi says he's happy that dozens of people have posted messages on the Maclean's website to chastise the blog's authors.

The blog's co-author, Philippe Gohier, says the posting was made only after the hospital said Parizeau was in stable condition.

Gohier admits the joke is crude, but says it isn't poking fun at Parizeau's health, just the circumstances.

Organizations: Parti Quebecois, Maclean's, Jewish General Hospital

Geographic location: Montreal, Canada

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