Luc Archambault said he didn’t mean to suggest McCartney wasn’t welcome in the provincial capital, where the singer plans to play a show on Sunday marking Quebec City’s 400th anniversary.
He said he simply wanted to make a point about his desire to see Quebec artists play a bigger role in the celebrations.
Archambault said his words were twisted in media reports and his true intent – to inform McCartney about the area’s history – was lost along the way.
Parti Québécois culture critic Pierre Curzi also issued a statement clarifying his support for the open letter.
Curzi, a former actor, said he’s been a long-time fan of the British rock star, and put his name to the letter because he wanted to remind McCartney of the fragility of the French language.