High level values charter opposition mounts
Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is the latest to weigh in on Quebec's proposed values charter.
Mulroney has added his voice to the growing list of high-level opposition to the plan.
He calls the controversey surrounding it needless.
Mulroney says the charter sends a "negative, inappropriate signal" to immigrant communities that are bringing prosperity to Canada.
"We can't function as a country without strengthening and enhancing the number of immigrants we bring in. That's life. That's the way it's going to be", says Mulroney.
The former PM made the comments on a TV show hosted by Conrad Black.
Former prime minister Jean Chretien also chimed in, saying the charter must conform to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Three former soviergnist Quebec premiers also oppose the charter in its present form.
It began this past week with Jacques Parizeau, then Lucien Bouchard, followed by Bernard Landry.
Bouchard, like Parizeau, says it should apply only to people in positions of authority, like judges and police officers.
Premier Marois, who unveiled the plan recently with the charter's pointman, minister Bernard Drainville, says she accepts all points of view regarding the plan.
She adds it'll be formally tabled in the coming weeks.
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