PQ accused of interference with women's council
The Marois government is trying to push the Quebec council on the status of women toward supporting its charter of values, says the organization's president Julie Miville-Dechêne.
Yesterday, the PQ appointed four vocal supporters of its plan to ban religious symbols in the public workplace.
The president says the appointments are an open move to quash descent from within the council which, up until that point, had been evenly divided on the issue.
"The government is in a panic over its project. They got criticism that they didn't see coming," says Liberal Christine St. Pierre.
She beleives the PQ government was afraid the council might produce an unfavourable opinion.
"Those positions at the council of the status of women had been vacant for a year."
But ministerAgnes Maltais points out that the council has twice in the past five years made declarations in favour of banning religious symbols.
She says her party named four passionate supporters of the charter "because that's the historic continuity of the Council," adding that the appointees are also highly competent.