If Richard Le Hir has his way, First Nations people will have to pay all the taxes that other Quebecers pay.

That’s what a Montreal-based journalist reports after having dinner with the PQ candidate in recent weeks.

Le Hir launched into a rant about the special privileges natives supposedly have and said they should be “full-paying members of society.” He called for an end to all native tax exemptions.

Le Hir also said that once elected to power as part of a new PQ government, he will have to “slug it out” with the party’s liaison with First Nations, David Cliche. Le Hir apparently said he doesn’t share Cliche’s desire to make self-government agreements with the First Nations of Quebec.

He went on to praise hydroelectric development and criticize environmentalists for being “unscientific.”