Quebec Liberals detail position on secularism charter

Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard unveiled his party's detailed position on the secularism charter Tuesday.

He says anyone who asks for an accomodation — a special room to pray, or special arrangements in a cafeteria — has to show that they have also made an effort to integrate.

"There has to be a reciprocal effort," Couillard says. "When I talk to Quebecers, they say 'yes, we are open, yes we are inclusive', but they have a feeling that accomodation always goes the same way. It's always us that makes the effort."

His party would also keep the crucifix in the National Assembly.

It would ban civil servants from wearing the burqua, the niqab, and the chador.

When it comes to police officers, prison guards, and judges, the Liberals say any request to wear religious attire would have to be okayed by a competant authority.

The person making the request would also have to show the need to wear the item.

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  1. Sandy posted on 01/21/2014 05:02 PM
    Can this be true, or is it a typo? In the above article, CJAD reports that the Liberal party "would ban civil servants from wearing the burqua, the niqab, and the chador"? This is diametrically opposite to what the party said as reported in last night's news, and is inconsistent with the reasons that caused Ms Houda-Pepin to leave the Liberal caucus. It makes no sense.
  2. Deng posted on 01/21/2014 05:22 PM
    Now Mr.Philippel Couillard has stated where he stands
    with bill 60,time to move on and start hitting some heavy
    punches on main issues like the economy, jobs,investers
    etc. He cannot afford to avoid these policies for long.Bill 60
    is all the PQ have to offer,and eventually Quebecers will
    get fed up of hearing the same thing over and over.
    The present state of the ecomomy,can over shadow the bill
    because Quebecers will start to worry about thousands of
    lay offs while the economy is already tanking.
  3. Rolls posted on 01/21/2014 07:08 PM
    I don`t give a crap if you wear a bowl of fruit or even a bed pan on your head as long as you DO NOT conceal your identity!!! NO EXCEPTIONS...NO ACCOMODATIONS...THIS IS CANADA!
    1. LynneM_3103 posted on 01/22/2014 03:22 PM
      @Rolls Agreed! And THIS is what should have been the emphasis all along - no matter who is in power, and no matter what level of government. This is Canada - and as such, when you emigrate to our country, you must at least make the effort to accept our ways, otherwise, why did you come here is the first place? We don't walk around with our faces covered - that is not our way. We love our country the way it is, and if you truly want to be here, you should adapt to us - it's not for us to adapt to you.
  4. joeN posted on 01/21/2014 07:30 PM
    Hey Dr. Flip Flop, here's a flash bulletin, you climaxed a long time ago and you should just let someone else who has more guts lead the party. What a disappointment you turned out to be!!
  5. Umaga posted on 01/22/2014 10:30 AM
    What clear and firm leadership . '' We only want to ban the stuff we don't like , but only for some people , and if your stuff gets banned you can have a review before a panel of gifted intellectuals and try to get your stuff un-banned '' .

    No wonder PQ and Charter support is building ..
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