"The crisis of religious accommodation which has circled Quebec for the past five years has created strife among Quebecers," said Democratic Institutions Minister Bernard Drainville.
"The Bouchard-Taylor Commission did nothing to solve this."
With the aim of uniting Quebecers, the PQ have created a widely divisive law which does nothing more than unite its opposition.
"What unites is a desire for rules... for harmony, for cohesion. What guides is a profound attachment to Quebec values," Drainville said.
"It is up to Quebecers to contact their MPs to say whether or not they agree with this," he said.
- It will alter Quebec's Charter of Rights to strictly define religious accommodation.
- All public servants will have to present the secular face of the state during working hours.
- It will ban all obvious religious paraphernalia among public employees.
- Citizens will have to uncover their face to provide or receive service from public employees.
- It will create a bureaucracy to work out problems and disagreements.
- Does making the request discriminate or give someone an unequal right?
- Does the request respect the equality of the sexes?
- Will the request cost too much for the employer?
- Will the request affect someone's safety?
"Forget about religious accommodations. We need to focus on a serious problem.”
- 66% of Quebecers supported the Charter
- 68% agreed that immigrants try hard to find work
- 67% said it is good for Quebec to have multiple ethnic and cultural groups
- 66% said nurses, bureaucrats, teachers etc. should not be allowed to wear religious symbols
- 53% feel comfortable in a neighbourhood with a high number of immigrants
- 33% thought it is good for immigrants to preserve their culture
- 33% thought immigrants knew enough about Quebec culture
- 76% disagreed with a statement about feeling unsafe on a bus with many people who were not of Quebecois origin
- 57% disagreed with the statement "Immigrant weakens Quebec unity"
- 57% said they were not worried when immigrants held discussions in a foreign language
- 58% said there are not enough immigrants in Quebec
- 60% disagreed with the statement "Immigrant neighbourhoods are less safe"