Liberal government would make public PQ legal opinions on Charter

Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard says if they are elected to power, he'd make public the PQ legal opinions on the proposed secular charter.

But Couillard insists they'd be a moot point since they would not be adopting the more contentious and discriminatory parts of the legislation.

"We're going to legislate on the other portions on which everybody agrees: covered faces, accomodations being defined, neutrality of the state in the charter, protection of our history and our (heritage). This doesn't need any legal opinion," Couillard told reporters at a whistlestop in St-Jerôme.

The PQ government has refused to release the legal opinions it got on the charter.

Couillard said what the legal opinions may show is why PQ leader Pauline Marois would resort to using the notwithstanding clause to protect the charter.

Couillard said they only had "informal consultations with legal experts" on the charter, showing they'd need to introduce legislation to address certain issues.

"When one wants to violate rights and freedoms, it has to involve concrete and major consequences and the solution has to be proportional. In our case, the answer shows that it's totally disproportional," Couillard said, referring to the controversial parts of the charter.

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  1. Joey posted on 04/04/2014 03:27 PM
    As if we did not know that the PQ was up to no good! They have not been honest on anything including the hike in Hydro, education, taxes etc....why should it be any different for the charter? All of sudden we might have a decrease in taxes! In what fairy tale world is she and her party living in. I can not believe that some people of QC will vote for that party. I never knew some people could be so gullable.

    Have a nice retirement!!!

  2. Murray posted on 04/04/2014 07:52 PM
    Amusing as I asked for the opinion several months ago under access to info but was denied. Dollars to doughnuts that the opinions will show a breach of religious freedom and that the PQ could care less about fundamental rights.
    1. Jimovitch posted on 04/06/2014 07:20 AM
      @Murray " the PQ could care less about fundamental rights." And now it seems that the Liberals don't either. They should be scrapping the charter COMPLETELY and now just certain sections.
  3. More BS posted on 04/05/2014 06:20 AM
    Monday night we will see where the most naive live in this province. The fact that one single solitary person would vote for a party of clowns, liars and imbeciles is incredible.
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