Nixing charter exemption still an option
Minister Bernard Drainville says his party could consider getting rid of the opt-out clause for hospitals, universities, and municipalities in its charter of values.
But, he says many ideas are up for discussion.
"Why should I take anything off the table? Nothing should be off the table," Drainville said Thursday morning.
The minister Bernard Drainville was asked point-blank whether the PQ wanted to drop the plan to allow certain institutions to pull out of a ban on religious symbols.
He said the nature of a public discussion meant discussing all the options.
"Nothing is off the table. It is a whole. It is something we want people to give their input on." But, Drainville did not single-out the examption in particular as being up for change.
That's a different stance from Jean-Francois Lisée, who said yesterday that the exemption may have to be re-tooled or replaced.
Minister Lisée warned that the opt-out clause had always been meant to be temporary or transitional. He said an entire region could not be allowed to permanently pull-out of the charter.