Was PQ minister Bernard Drainville inspired by a century's old law when drafting his Charter of Values?
A comment by the Charter author in a September interview with The Globe and Mail prompted The Canadian Press to look for answers - in Nebraska.
In defending his plan for a public sector dress code, Drainville told The Globe last year that there are many other jurisdictions like Nebraska that "don’t allow teachers to wear religious symbols in public schools."
But Drainville now denies making the comments.
"No, I never saw it as an inspiration for La Charte," Drainville told CJAD 800 News this afternoon. "Never."
Globe and Mail reporter Daniel Leblanc defends the story.
The Nebraska law is obsolete. It was passed in 1919 - legislators there told CP that they haven't even heard of it. It was designed to crack down on Catholic nuns that taught at public schools.
A similar measure was promoted four years later, in 1923, by the Ku Klux Klan in Oregon, but it has since been repealed.
Drainville is now looking to Europe for inspiration instead.
"I think France and Switzerland, Scandanavia and Berlin, and some of the German länders are inspirations for this debate."