PQ ready to alter opt-out choice for municipalities, hospitals, universities
A Parti Quebecois minister says his party is willing to change or replace some institutions' ability to opt-out of the Quebec charter of values.
When the proposal was first unveiled, the Marois government said hospitals, universities, CEGEPs and municipalities would be able to withdraw for a renewable five-year period.
Now, minister Jean-François Lisée says this mechanism is up for discussion, adding that it would not be scrapped entirely.
"The opting-out clause has been debated. Is it the right tool? Is it correctly fine-tuned? Are there other ways we could manage the transition?' he says.
The entire island of Montreal has said it would pull-out of a charter that would ban its employees from wearing religious headgear.
But, Lisée says Montreal can't be allowed to run indefinitely under a different set of rules.
"The idea isn't that an entire region can exclude itself. That's like if Camille Laurin had said 'We're going to have bill 101 except in Montreal.' Certainly not," the minister says.
He says the exemption plan is only meant to help some institutions adapt to the change, but the Charter of Values is intended to eventually apply everywhere.