Comments made by a Parti Québécois candidate during a debate at Vanier College Tuesday night made waves on the campaign trail throughout the day on Wednesday.
The PQ candidate for Acadie, Évelyne Abitbol, raised hackles when she was asked point-blank by incumbent Liberal MNA Christine St-Pierre whether a doctor wearing a kippa at the Jean-Talon hospital would be fired. (The video of the Vanier debate is here, in full, with the exchange between St-Pierre and Abitbol beginning at roughly the 49:30 mark.)
Abitbol answered yes, after one year, but she later backtracked, suggesting there would be a five-year window for the hospital to apply the law.
The next day, Premier Pauline Marois told a radio interviewer that some public servants would lose their jobs for violations of the religious symbols provisions of the secularism charter, but then added the government would be ready to step in to help those people find jobs in the private sector.
She didn't offer any specifics as to how that would happen.