Drainville once again calls for calm in values debate
The PQ minister behind the controversial values charter is once again calling for calm after a women's group claims verbal and physical attacks on Muslims have spiked in the past year.
The group representing women's centres (the Regroupement des centres de femmes du Québec) suggests instances of racism, violence, and intimidation have gone up dramatically since the contentious debate over religious accommodation, and the charter of values that was supposed to define what that meant, began.
The group's president, Angèle Laroche, goes so far as to say women's safety has been put at greater risk because of the charter debate.
Bernard Drainville, the minister behind the charter, once again reminded Quebecers to keep the debate respectful, and reminds Quebecers that even though the charter bans public employees from wearing religious symbols on the job, he says freedom of religion is a right in Quebec and needs to be respected.
He's also pleased with the way the debate has gone in general.
"I'm very happy with the fact citizens are participating in this debate on a scale we haven't seen in a very long time," he says.