LISTEN: CAQ weighs in on PQ's values charter
François Legault says his party agrees with the PQ's controversial values charter in principle, but that it does not intend to take such a hard-line on religious minority rights.
The CAQ — that has roots in the old ADQ, a party once known as a standard-bearer for crackdowns on accomodations — says it's going to let the Parti Quebecois carry that torch.
But Legault says he's not going to follow that line, despite polls that show strong support.
"We should have a more responsible postion," Legault says.
Unlike the PQ, Legault does not want to ban religious headgear for every public servant.
Instead, the CAQ would apply it to the jobs listed in the Bouchard-Taylor commission's report on reasonable accomodation — such as police officers, judges and crown prosecutors.
It would also add public school teachers to that list.
And, Legault says he is prepared to use the notwithstanding clause, if it should ever be subject to a constitutional challenge.