PQ unveils Charter of Values
The Parti Quebecois' is confirming much of the information that has already been leaked to the press in its newly released outline for a charter of values.
Minister Bernard Drainville did not hand out detailed draft legislation, but instead disclosed point-form bulletins. In large part, the information repeats details that have already been discussed in various media reports.
Amoung them, the PQ proposes to establish a four-point test for any demand for religious accommodation.
When treating a request, and organization should:
1) Consider whether the current practice is discriminatory
2) Ask if the request respects male/ female equality
3) Ask whether it impedes the rights of others, would cost too much, would obstruct the organization's work, or effect safety
4) Public services must ask whether it respects state secularism
The PQ is also advocating a ban on conspicuous religious symbols for every level of government, including:
-crown corporations, and all other government ministries and organizations
-public and private subsidized daycares
-schoolboards and public schools
-CEGEPs and universities
-municipalities, including all municipal services, such as public transport
(CEGEPs, universities, hospitals and municipalities can give themselves a renewable 5-year exception)
Government organizations would also be required to adopt a policy to ensure religious neutrality.
The Parti Quebecois also distributed a disgram of what religious symbols would be acceptable in public institutions (see below):