Harper promises to protect minority rights in Quebec
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made his entry into the emotional debate over Quebec's values charter — and he promises to protect minority rights.
The prime minister says he wants to tread carefully right now as the Parti Quebecois government has not even made its plan public yet.
He also says he's wary of getting sucked into a fight with a "separatist government" that, he says, is just looking to pick one with Ottawa.
At a Toronto news conference, the prime minister said his job is to focus on the economy. In the next breath, however, he said it's also the federal government's job to protect people's rights.
Harper said he'll watch the plan closely when it's finally tabled to ensure rights are protected.
A leaked copy of the plan suggests the PQ wants to restrict public employees from wearing religious symbols like turbans, kippas, hijabs and visible crosses.