Concordia was the first university to appear before the National Assembly's commission on the PQ government's proposed secularism charter.
As expected, the university was hoping to see some significant changes to the legislation's ban on overt religious symbols.
Provost Benoit Antoine Bacon says universities should be places to exchange ideas, of tolerance and acceptance.
He stated the secularism charter does nothing to proomote that.
On top of making it harder to attract foreign students and staff, the charter may very well wind up driving talented, intelligent people away from Quebec.
He says Concordia's diversity is both its strength and its selling point to many students, including those from abroad.
He adds that Concordia is not about to refuse to provide an education to anyone based on how they are dressed.