La Pinière MNA Fatima Houda-Pepin, who left the Liberal party in an argument with party brass over a piece of Muslim headgear called a chador, has tabled her own anti-fundamentalism bill in the National Assembly.
Houda-Pepin, who now sits as an independent, says her version of the secularism charter had been a source of friction with her Liberal colleagues.
Her bill would ban polygamy, forces marriages based on religion, genital mutilation, and religious symbols for judges, police officers and prison guards.
The chador, niqab, and burqa would be banned for all other civil servants.
The bill also says people would not be allowed to use their religious conviction to contest education programs or pull their children from schools.
The sole Muslim in the National Assembly says fundamentalism is not an imaginary issue.
"It is a real problem. Also, I suggested we can create a research center." she says, referring to her idea of setting up a research group to investigate what is happening on the ground.
The bill is warmly received by the PQ, who is already saying they're ready to hear from Houda-Pepin about adopting parts of her bill.
"We've always said we're always open to improving the charter," said minister Bernard Drainville, while maintaining he isn't open to fundamentally changing it.