It involves party vice-president Jean-François Plante, who was dumped as an ADQ candidate in the middle of the election campaign for making comments seen as sexist.
In a recent interview with the Quebec City daily Le Soleil, Mr. Plante reiterated the views that got him in trouble in the first place when he criticized pay equity and the annual commemoration of the women killed in the 1989 shooting rampage at L'École polytechnique in Montreal, saying it encouraged discrimination against men.
"None of the positions I have taken contradict ... the values recently expressed by the ADQ," Mr. Plante insisted. He has also continued to defend his views on his website.
Yesterday, four influential Liberal cabinet ministers, all women, called on Mr. Dumont to expel Mr. Laplante from the party.
"The tragedy at the polytechnique and the issue of violence against women is something that should never be forgotten," said Culture and Communications Minister Christine St-Pierre who is also the minister responsible for women's issues. "Mr. Plante should be expelled from the party executive. He says the ADQ shares his values, which should raise concerns about what that party stands for."
Mr. Dumont rejected the ministers' demands, saying ADQ members will decide whether to re-elect Mr. Plante to the party executive next September.
"When we had to decide on the future of his candidacy during the campaign we took a firm and final decision. But it would be exaggerating to take away his right to work inside the party," Mr. Dumont said yesterday. "Only those who commit huge frauds lose their right to participate in party politics."
The ADQ dumped Mr. Plante as its candidate for the Montreal area riding of Deux-Montagnes two weeks into the campaign. His replacement, Lucie Leblanc, won the seat.
Premier Jean Charest's Liberals were reduced to a minority government in the March 26 election, which lifted the ADQ to Official Opposition status in the National Assembly.
When the government tables its budget next week, the ADQ will attempt to force Mr. Charest to rethink his proposal to cut income taxes with the $750-million Quebec received as part of Ottawa's solution to the so-called fiscal imbalance.
After insisting that Ottawa give the province more money for health care and postsecondary education, Mr. Charest "improvised" a tax-cutting measure to buy votes, the ADQ Leader said.
"By giving it [the money] as a pre-electoral gift, it places Quebec in a very weak position in discussions with the rest of Canada," Mr. Dumont said.
The proposed tax cut has done little to boost Liberal fortunes. A recent poll showed voter support down to 27 per cent, compared with 33 per cent the party received in the election. Parti Québécois support was also down from 28 per cent in the election to 23 per cent, according to the Crop poll published this week in La Presse. However ADQ support remained steady at 32 per cent.