The Quebec government’s values charter will decisively be including provisions to amend the provincial legislature, possibly now also settling to remove the historic crucifix from the walls of the National Assembly and the application of the proposed ban on religious symbols to elected officials.
The proposal of the values charter was tabled by the Parti Quebecois government on Thursday, in which the divisive legislation being discussed for two months made bolstering aims at religious neutrality of the state. Speaking about the chances of it to pass through the legislature, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois stated that “I am convinced that before long we will cite this charter as an example of that which has brought Quebecers closer together, Quebecers of all origins.” The bill seeks to restrict public sector employees, including teachers, doctors, daycare employees and bureaucrats from displaying symbols of their faith at work. The government alleges that it will launch a unique framework for exemptions from the ban and stress the equality of the sexes.
Considering that a simple majority is needed to pass the law, PQ Democratic Institutions Minister Bernard Drainville unveiled that provincial government has placed that responsibility at all legislators, whether members of the governing PQ or sitting in opposition benches, to come to a unanimous decision on proposed changes to Quebec’s historic powder-blue legislature. He stated that “we are saying to lawmakers: It’s up to you to decide.” The government is now proposing that the crucifix be moved to “a public and accessible area that would do justice to the heritage value of this religious symbol.”
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