Bernard Drainville, the PQ minister responsible for the secularism charter, says the English Montreal School Board is being "irresponsible" when it says it would not adhere to Bill 60 if it were ever to become law.
The board is scheduled to appear Wednesday evening before the ongoing charter hearings in Quebec City.
"I do not think it is very responsible on the part of a public institution such as the English Montreal School Board to say they are not going to respect the law, and that they are going into a process of civil disobedience," Drainville says.
Fellow minister Jean-Francois Lisée, meanwhile, says his party is open to looking at how it could help the EMSB adopt Bill 60.
"Although we're firm on the objectives, we are flexible on the means on how to get from the current situation to the next situation," Lisée says. "We're open to ideas."
He adds that once the charter is adopted, he expects all Quebecers to respect the law.