Bernard Drainville, the PQ's minister responsible for the controversial secularism charter, is accusing McGill University officials of resorting to scare tactics.
The university's principal told a National Assembly committee Tuesday that it is already hearing from professors and employees who are considering leaving the institution in the wake of charter debate.
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Drainville insists the university's comments are meant to scare the public — and it won't work.
"Scare campaigns or scare tactics have been tried in the past and I think we are immunized against that," he says, referring to the long-ago debate on another famous PQ charter — the Charter of the French Language.
"You know, the same thing was said about Bill 101, 40 years ago. Did it hurt McGill?"
Though Bill 101, in large part, does not apply to McGill, Drainville says some argued that it would hurt the university's international reputation, which didn't happen.
"I call that a fear campaign. We are no longer afraid of fear campaigns. I think fear campaigns do not work anymore"