Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe says Quebec's proposed charter of values should allow doctors and teachers to wear religious symbols while on the job, something the proposed law would ban if it is passed.
However, he said judges and others in authority such as police officers should be banned from wearing religious symbols.
Duceppe made the observations Monday in media interviews after completing his mandate on a commission looking into employment insurance.
He did not come out as forcefully as former premiers Lucien Bouchard and Jacques Parizeau, who said the proposed charter went too far.
The charter, which still has to be passed by the provincial legislature, would ban public sector employees from wearing any obvious religious objects or clothing such as the hijab.
Opposition parties have already said they won't support the effort by the minority Parti Quebecois government.