Charter not part of a pre-election strategy: Marois

Premier Pauline Marois insists the controversial secularism charter is not part of any electoral ploy, as many of its critics have charged.

Several weeks of public hearings have begun on the charter in Quebec City, with the minister responsible for the document, Bernard Drainville, telling reporters that the PQ is willing to make it an election issue.

"We are working on [an election], we are working on the economy and employment," she says. "We have a lot of jobs to do on the economy and the electrification of transport, so we are not thinking about an election; that is not an issue at this moment."

The Liberals ans the CAQ have both indicated they intend to vote down the PQ's upcoming budget, which would send Quebecers to the polls as early as this spring.

And, like Drainville, Marois also says the government has no plans to change the part of the legislation which bans public employees from wearing overtly religious symbols — adding that Bill 60 provides for a transition period to allow the employees to get used to the idea of religious symbols being banned.

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  1. Nick posted on 01/14/2014 05:09 PM
    "We have a lot of jobs to do on the economy" then do it ..... lalalalal
  2. More BS posted on 01/14/2014 05:38 PM
    How can you tell if the PQ are lying ? Their lips are moving. They have never answered a question truthfully since their existence.
  3. LMAO posted on 01/14/2014 10:27 PM
    "We have a lot of jobs to do on the economy and the electrification of transport"

    Shame they are not working on infrastructure repair too.
  4. Daemoncan posted on 01/16/2014 12:59 PM
    No, it's part of a pre-pre-election strategy. Distract the voters so that they don't notice how awful the economy is, as well as create a schism between the cities & the outlying areas.
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