Parti Quebecois minister Bernard Drainville says the dispute between the Liberals and their former MNA Fatima Houda-Pepin shows that the party can not be trusted to stand up for Quebec's values - down to their very genes.
"They are genetically unable to defend and affirm the values of Quebec," says Drainville, the minister spearheading the bill that would ban religious symbols in the public service.
He says Houda-Pepin was calling on her party to evolve closer to the opinion of many Quebecers. "They are totally disconnected. Totally disconnected."
The Liberals say Drainville is declaring himself to have a "monopoly" on Quebec's values.
Last fall, the Bloc Quebecois expelled one of its members after she publicly criticized the Parti Quebecois' charter. Drainville would not comment on what differences he might see between the two situations.
Natalie Roy, however, sees parallels. "Those women just said what they think. They said it was important to do something and they were rejected by their own party."